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Forum: Tank Journals   04-07-2016, 06:40 AM
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I dose 2x a week most of my tanks, 4-5x a week...

I dose 2x a week most of my tanks, 4-5x a week for traces. Ferts are not really "high", they are just what grows the plants well/better than other methods. There is a lot of plant biomass in this...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-19-2016, 04:29 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,757
Posted By plantbrain
Some pictures of various CA aquatic plants and...

Some pictures of various CA aquatic plants and habitats

Water speedwell, Stanta Ynez river, Santa Barbara County, CA...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-19-2016, 04:02 AM
Replies: 122
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Posted By plantbrain
Rather than "either" "or", why not both? I...

Rather than "either" "or", why not both?

I have nice aquariums, but............I really love going out into the wild lands and searching...........for such nice aquatic systems. No, becoming an...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-19-2016, 03:38 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,757
Posted By plantbrain
Such questions are not beyond the realm of 6-8...

Such questions are not beyond the realm of 6-8 grade students, not by a long shot, or even a 3-5 th grade students. They make better Scientist than adults often give them credit for.

As there are...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-18-2016, 07:13 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,757
Posted By plantbrain
My question is focused on the differences between...

My question is focused on the differences between lab and field type studies.
Those two scales are common in Ecological Sciences.
Getting students to really think.....and understand those...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-17-2016, 06:18 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,757
Posted By plantbrain
Set up a planted tank, or be in a creek plants? ...

Set up a planted tank, or be in a creek plants?
Which would they choose and why?
Forum: Tank Journals   03-17-2016, 06:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,743
Posted By plantbrain
ADA AS. It's been recycled once so far, so I...

ADA AS. It's been recycled once so far, so I guess about 2+ years old now. Not much N left.

Yes, one those low voltage solenoids with the cheapo voltage adapter, those suck. The 110 Burkret's are...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-16-2016, 05:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,743
Posted By plantbrain
70 Gallon Buce tank, redone

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/Redone%2070%20Buce%20March%209th%202016_zps9ogb4nau.jpg[/URL]

Tank was redone back in Oct, ripped everything out and tried to remove all the red...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-31-2016, 06:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 404
Posted By plantbrain
Basic chemistry class. Test kits and reference...

Basic chemistry class.
Test kits and reference solutions.

Some used ratios of nutrients from dry matter of various aquatic plants. Some thought that you could add a certain amount of ferts to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-26-2016, 05:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,663
Posted By plantbrain
I think it can offer folks with out a wet/dry,...

I think it can offer folks with out a wet/dry, surface skimming etc, some utility....it does raise the O2 ppm by about 20% if used correctly. Which means more CO2 can be added. So you could argue it...
Forum: Algae   01-26-2016, 05:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 337
Posted By plantbrain
Bristle nose plecos eat it and keep the glass...

Bristle nose plecos eat it and keep the glass very clean, use biocontrol, better them, than you.
Forum: Equipment   01-11-2016, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By plantbrain
ADG uses them, they are quite nice IME. I...

ADG uses them, they are quite nice IME.

I have a pair of 120H's I'm getting here shortly for a couple of client projects
Forum: Equipment   01-11-2016, 04:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 963
Posted By plantbrain
There's no real fool proof CO2 solution. ...

There's no real fool proof CO2 solution.

Good care by the aquarist is the best way along with some redundancy, but that fails without good consistent care.

You can DIY a regulator and get a...
Forum: Aquascaping   12-10-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,860
Posted By plantbrain
Note, when you like the driftwood, you also do...

Note, when you like the driftwood, you also do not want to hide it with plants(or too much).

So the front and middle of the wood is often left open or a foreground type plant.
The rear can go...
Forum: Aquascaping   12-10-2015, 04:13 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,860
Posted By plantbrain
Yes, that was me.

Yes, that was me.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-02-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 632
Views: 52,867
Posted By plantbrain
Well put. As someone who's seen similar...

Well put.

As someone who's seen similar threads for quite some decades(yeowch) on PO4, NO3, NH4, CO2, K+, about every few years, after one groups gets enough experience and knowledge then moves...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-08-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 632
Views: 52,867
Posted By plantbrain
For something like NH4/NH3, toxicity plays a...

For something like NH4/NH3, toxicity plays a larger role, the pH with salts, like Carbonates and their cations versus CO2 gas also is an issue.

Then the CO2 gas itself is one of the largest...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-08-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 632
Views: 52,867
Posted By plantbrain
That is not a paper citation, that's heresay. ...

That is not a paper citation, that's heresay.
Hooey.

The other issue is in a planted tank, the uptake rates of Cu and Fe are very high, look at the Haller paper.......the plants are mopping up...
Forum: Home Page News   11-03-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,767
Posted By plantbrain
:icon_excl Water changes and trimming cut...

:icon_excl

Water changes and trimming cut cut cut.
Forum: Substrate   10-21-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,266
Posted By plantbrain
Most newbies want the best for their tanks and to...

Most newbies want the best for their tanks and to ensure good results, but this does NOT come with the products typically, rather, the aquarist themselves.

What's the best light?
What's the best...
Forum: Substrate   10-20-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,266
Posted By plantbrain
I use ADA AS because I can scape a lot with it,...

I use ADA AS because I can scape a lot with it, it is all 100% the same stuff, so when I re slope the tank, the design etc, it does not look tacky and mixed.
It has a lot of ferts in it. Might as...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-17-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,910
Posted By plantbrain
Then folks would not need an RO unit to soften...

Then folks would not need an RO unit to soften their water.

CO2 gas would acidify and remove it for us, but that does not happen.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-16-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,910
Posted By plantbrain
While it would be great, it just does not happen...

While it would be great, it just does not happen in any significant amount, some chemist seem to have issues with this when this is pointed out, (Observational facts, horrid stuff I know).
Only...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-15-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,910
Posted By plantbrain
Measure the KH well, Lamotte are good. But do...

Measure the KH well, Lamotte are good.
But do not assume the KH is absolute and correct, use that and the starting pH as a "relative" measure.

Say the test says pH 7.0 with no CO2 gas added...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-14-2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 543
Posted By plantbrain
EI is not for Excel based tank really, but doing...

EI is not for Excel based tank really, but doing so does no harm, I only do about 1/3 rd the dosing EI and then water changes once every month or so.
Things go slower.............so you just add...
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