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Forum: Lighting   01-23-2017, 10:31 PM
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Posted By farrenator
I agree with Greggz.

I agree with Greggz.
Forum: Lighting   01-19-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By farrenator
To grow plants you need red spectrum (warm white...

To grow plants you need red spectrum (warm white works well) and blue spectrum (cool white works well). Everything else if for our viewing pleasure, the plants don't care. I already suggested an...
Forum: Equipment   01-16-2017, 11:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 388
Posted By farrenator
Lets assume the water comes in from the top and...

Lets assume the water comes in from the top and flows out the bottom. Put the CO2 entry and the bottom so that the bubbles flow up, against the grain of the incoming water. This will help it to...
Forum: Lighting   01-16-2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By farrenator
4 x 6500 is going to be a ton of light. I...

4 x 6500 is going to be a ton of light. I suggest you get something withe some red in it (warm white). It will help show off the colors of the fish and plants. Dial intensity up/down by adjusting...
Forum: Plants   01-15-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 295
Views: 7,818
Posted By farrenator
You have a good head start. Let the nitrite...

You have a good head start. Let the nitrite converting bacteria population grow and keep monitoring your ammonia levels. Once ammonia and nitrite read zero your tank is cycled and you can add fish....
Forum: DIY   01-14-2017, 10:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By farrenator
I took me a bit but I found a Swagelok 'S' series...

I took me a bit but I found a Swagelok 'S' series needle valve on ebay for a good price. It was worth every penny. Coupled with a low output pressure dual stage regulator (also on ebay) I have a...
Forum: Plants   01-14-2017, 10:10 PM
Replies: 295
Views: 7,818
Posted By farrenator
Patience. Let the cycle do its thing - are you...

Patience. Let the cycle do its thing - are you aware of what the cycle entails? You need the right bacteria/critters to take hold - which takes time. Ammonia --> Nitrite ---> Nitrate. One...
Forum: Lighting   01-14-2017, 09:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By farrenator
I have Hagen Glo fixtures, T5 HO. Total of 4...

I have Hagen Glo fixtures, T5 HO. Total of 4 bulbs @ 54 watts each is a ton of light for my 75 gallon. I hang them approximately 13 inches above the water surface. Any lower and it would be too...
Forum: Equipment   01-11-2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By farrenator
I think the pH controller is a waste of money. I...

I think the pH controller is a waste of money. I (and plenty of others) run CO2 without any automation and it works fine. Spend your money on a good regulator and a high quality needle valve (I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-07-2017, 08:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By farrenator
You might want to start out at 1/2 EI but another...

You might want to start out at 1/2 EI but another option is to go with PPS Pro and then adjust according to what your tank/plants need. It sounds like the plant biomass won't be changing that...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-27-2016, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Posted By farrenator
With EI (or any other dosing regime) you dose...

With EI (or any other dosing regime) you dose micros and macros on alternate days. If you dose on the same day the iron in the micros gets transformed into a form that is less usable by the plants...
Forum: Equipment   11-18-2016, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By farrenator
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-16-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,418
Posted By farrenator
I am with Adam. You may not need to dose at all...

I am with Adam. You may not need to dose at all for a while. Spend the $$ on a test kit. They aren't super accurate but they do give you a general idea. That and observation are good guides. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-16-2016, 02:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,418
Posted By farrenator
PPS Pro will give you a good starting point. As...

PPS Pro will give you a good starting point. As was stated, your fert regimen is going to depend on how much plant mass you have and dhow fast it is growing. Since you are going low tech then your...
Forum: DIY   08-02-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 82,088
Posted By farrenator
Why can't you use the digital outputs on your...

Why can't you use the digital outputs on your existing arduino board?
Forum: Tank Journals   01-16-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 18,559
Posted By farrenator
From what I can remember, PPS Pro is very similar...

From what I can remember, PPS Pro is very similar to PMD but with added phosphates.

Read the stickies here for PPS Pro: http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/fertilizing/

Essentially,...
Forum: Fish   01-16-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 623
Posted By farrenator
They will mimick females so they don't attacked...

They will mimick females so they don't attacked by the dominant male. Looks like you got lucky!
Forum: Tank Journals   01-16-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 18,559
Posted By farrenator
Food for thought on your fertilization scheme and...

Food for thought on your fertilization scheme and the need for water changes:

Since you have experience with PPS Pro, you know that once you have it dialed in, you minimize the need for large...
Forum: Plants   12-06-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By farrenator
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-05-2013, 04:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 522
Posted By farrenator
I found I had to add extra phosphate b/c I was...

I found I had to add extra phosphate b/c I was getting green spot algae when using PPS Pro. Since PPS Pro is a pretty lean fert regimen you may have to tweak it depending on your amount of light,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-26-2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,194
Posted By farrenator
One great thing about EI is that you are making...

One great thing about EI is that you are making sure there are no nutrient deficiencies. In other words, you are over supplying nutrients so the plants get what they need. This way you concentrate...
Forum: Fish   11-21-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,840
Posted By farrenator
Keep in mind that while Siamese Algae Eaters are...

Keep in mind that while Siamese Algae Eaters are great at eating algae while they are young then tend to be less great when they get older, larger, fatter and lazier. I ended up getting rid of the...
Forum: Fish   10-28-2013, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By farrenator
x2. Just feed them well leading up to your...

x2. Just feed them well leading up to your vacation and then do a water change.
Forum: Fish   10-28-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,837
Posted By farrenator
Just an update: My 'wild type' are growing...

Just an update: My 'wild type' are growing faster than the albinos and 3 out of the 4 'wild type' are showing some blue that I do not see in the albinos. All told, they are all very beautiful fish....
Forum: Equipment   10-18-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,824
Posted By farrenator
With a sump you are always going to get more off...

With a sump you are always going to get more off gassing than in a completely sealed system (canister). The idea is to minimize, not eliminate. If the OP has designed the system around injected CO2...
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