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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-21-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By Absntmind
No offense meant, but I would rather give no...

No offense meant, but I would rather give no advice at all than to allow someone to continue use of an antiquated formula which could not only let them waste money now, but time and money later...
Forum: Lighting 04-21-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 102,227
Posted By Absntmind
My suggestions are based on personal experiences...

My suggestions are based on personal experiences along with others I know. My last light was a dual T5NO sitting on top and it was to much light. Plants grew great but so did algae. I switched to...
Forum: Lighting 04-20-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 102,227
Posted By Absntmind
I use the diamond plate shoplight over my 55g and...

I use the diamond plate shoplight over my 55g and it works great. I suspended it 6""-8" above the tank, but you could rest it on top using window screen and it would work well.

Anywhere from a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By Absntmind
Just worth noting, the WPG rule is no longer...

Just worth noting, the WPG rule is no longer applicable due to so many different types of lighting available along with quality of reflectors. Speaking of Hoppy, he has put together a great thread on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By Absntmind
I would go pressurized co2 if you can, though...

I would go pressurized co2 if you can, though excel is definitely an option if you don't want to go that route and it's not close to expensive as many believe. If you use excel simply dose daily per...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 580
Posted By Absntmind
The tank can still be saved as I am fighting the...

The tank can still be saved as I am fighting the exact same battle. I had a huge bga and bba outbreak in my 55 gallon along with plants dying and/or simply stopped growing. After a lot of research...
Forum: Substrate 07-22-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 924
Posted By Absntmind
triggergun beat me to it. I'm assuming they were...

triggergun beat me to it. I'm assuming they were purchased at a LFS, based on my recent experience. In the presses of moving and only had 2 bags of eco-complete (need about 5). Didn't have time to...
Forum: Algae 06-05-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 360
Posted By Absntmind
Congrats on the baby! Ours was born at the end of...

Congrats on the baby! Ours was born at the end of February so we are probably on the same sleep schedule (none) lol.


I had a bout with BGA not to long ago for the same reason, lack of time...
Forum: Fish 06-03-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By Absntmind
"Nitrate = 0" If you have 0 Nitrates then...

"Nitrate = 0"

If you have 0 Nitrates then your tank has not cycled.
Forum: Plants 05-28-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By Absntmind
Lol

Lol
Forum: Plants 05-28-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By Absntmind
In my limited experience, yes it does. I allows...

In my limited experience, yes it does. I allows light to penetrate deeper to the base (where the moss is attached) stimulating more growth. Trimming also seems to help it spread.

I attached moss...
Forum: Substrate 05-17-2013, 02:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 592
Posted By Absntmind
Re: serious aeration issue - need advice

Well good luck, I hope you solve the issue. Please keep us updated on your progress! And remember keeping an aquarium is a hobby, not a job. So try and enjoy it, even the trials and tribulations :-) ...
Forum: Substrate 05-17-2013, 12:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 592
Posted By Absntmind
Re: serious aeration issue - need advice

If the substrate is that fine then I would assume it would just work into the UG, and wouldn't let any water through. I mean if it is fine enough to trap gas it is too fine and will compact to much...
Forum: Substrate 05-15-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 592
Posted By Absntmind
+1 for MTS

+1 for MTS
Forum: Fish 05-15-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By Absntmind
I don't believe you can over filter in a planted...

I don't believe you can over filter in a planted tank as long as your media is biological/mechanical and the current isn't too much for the tank inhabitants.
Forum: Lighting 05-13-2013, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By Absntmind
Unless you plan on hanging the lights with the...

Unless you plan on hanging the lights with the ability to raise them as necessary or diffuse them with something such as window screen, I would not use T5HO lighting. Without CO2 that would be asking...
Forum: Equipment 05-09-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,351
Posted By Absntmind
Excel is not CO2 and cannot be dissipated with...

Excel is not CO2 and cannot be dissipated with surface agitation. Air stones or surface movement does not affect excel in any way.

That said, an air stone would not be necessary in your case (low...
Forum: Substrate 05-07-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By Absntmind
A few bubbles wiped out that many? I would have...

A few bubbles wiped out that many? I would have thought it could only affect those directly exposed or close to it. Sorry about the loss.

That is a good argument for stocking a tank with MTS...
Forum: Equipment 05-07-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 340
Posted By Absntmind
If adjusting the flow isn't enough I'd make a...

If adjusting the flow isn't enough I'd make a homemade spraybar. Just get some pvc with 90 elbow and drill the holes. If it is still to much either use a longer piece or drill larger holes. For the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-06-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By Absntmind
+1. I would say ditch the UG filter and change...

+1. I would say ditch the UG filter and change the substrate. If your looking long term it's worth going through the trouble now.
Forum: Lighting 05-06-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 780
Posted By Absntmind
My understanding is that if you put the lights...

My understanding is that if you put the lights very close together you could possibly get close to double the par directly underneath them, though it would decrease as you get further away from that...
Forum: Algae 05-05-2013, 09:41 PM
Replies: 293
Views: 42,987
Posted By Absntmind
Update: It's been one week and I have noticed a...

Update: It's been one week and I have noticed a decrease in algae, with most of it dying or dead. Since I was already dosing excel daily I would have to attribute this to the H2O2 helping out. I've...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-03-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 888
Posted By Absntmind
Please keep us informed of your progress...

Please keep us informed of your progress Indychus, as it's always nice to hear about people trying new DIY projects :red_mouth

I never tried acrylic myself due to scratching, but have wanted a...
Forum: Lighting 05-02-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 700
Posted By Absntmind
I would think so. I know petsmart also carries...

I would think so. I know petsmart also carries T5NO bulbs in several sizes. I say harder to find in comparison to T8's and T5HO. Many people who use T8's can purchase them at Home Depot or Lowes on...
Forum: Lighting 05-02-2013, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 700
Posted By Absntmind
I had to note that personally I don't care for...

I had to note that personally I don't care for having the led blue lights on all night. My understanding is many tropical fish need at least a few hours of complete darkness every day. In rivers and...
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