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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Yesterday, 03:47 AM
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Posted By Hoppy
Very good! I like the idea of experimenting,...

Very good! I like the idea of experimenting, even if it goes against current dogma (facts?). But, until one of those who understand what they are proposing, and understand it in some depth, do...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Yesterday, 02:52 AM
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Posted By Hoppy
I'm surprised that no one seems to be confident...

I'm surprised that no one seems to be confident enough about the idea of using much lower dosages of fertilizer elements to even suggest what would be good to try by filling in the blanks above. ...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Yesterday, 02:49 AM
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Posted By Hoppy
CO2 needs to be about the same level every day,...

CO2 needs to be about the same level every day, but it doesn't matter if you shut it off at night. It is what it is during the photoperiod that needs to be controlled. If you are doing your nitrate...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Yesterday, 02:42 AM
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Posted By Hoppy
That isn't the wrong way to approach this. It...

That isn't the wrong way to approach this. It will work. It is your aquarium, so you can try whatever you want to try (assuming a significant other doesn't run you out of the house for trying...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   Yesterday, 02:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By Hoppy
Before doing anything else, just do a crude...

Before doing anything else, just do a crude calibration of your nitrate test kit. It may not be reading right, for some reason, including your technique.
Forum: Algae   Yesterday, 02:34 AM
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Posted By Hoppy
I found if I dose about 2X the EI dosage for...

I found if I dose about 2X the EI dosage for KH2PO4 I don't get any GSA. I have no idea why it works, but it has worked for years for me.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 10:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By Hoppy
Unless there is something in your tap water that...

Unless there is something in your tap water that is harmful, or harmful in the amount that is there, it makes no sense to remove all of the mineral content from the water, then put most of it back. ...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 07:47 PM
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Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
Marcel, anything new in this hobby always gets a...

Marcel, anything new in this hobby always gets a storm of objections. But, if you continue to make your case you will gradually win over enough of us who will then try to apply your data, and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 06:19 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
Most of us here, I'm pretty sure, want to find a...

Most of us here, I'm pretty sure, want to find a simple way to determine how much of what to dose our tanks with so we can have an attractive planted tank, without having to test the water over and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 05:48 AM
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Views: 5,739
Posted By Hoppy
Some years ago, after buying a Apogee PAR meter,...

Some years ago, after buying a Apogee PAR meter, Tom B. took the meter to San Francisco to the authorized ADA dealer there, and measured the light intensity at the substrate of their display tanks,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2016, 01:40 AM
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Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
Since I can't determine anything about what my...

Since I can't determine anything about what my starting point is for nutrients, or how much of what the plants can get from the substrate, water, and fish/food, I decided to restart my tank with a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-07-2016, 09:19 PM
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Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
So, if I understand this correctly, you suggest...

So, if I understand this correctly, you suggest that we first determine how much of each nutrient is provided by our tap water, then by our substrate, then by the typical feeding we do. How do you...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-07-2016, 05:46 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
We know that aquatic plants are very flexible...

We know that aquatic plants are very flexible about what conditions they can grow in. Some, like vals, gain an evolutionary leg up by being able to grow well with low CO2, but relatively high...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-07-2016, 03:14 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
Vals, and a few other plants do use carbonates as...

Vals, and a few other plants do use carbonates as a source of carbon. The buffer system you refer to is made up of two constituents, as are all other buffer systems, carbonic acid (H2CO3) and a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-06-2016, 09:02 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
I think you have made a good point in suggesting...

I think you have made a good point in suggesting that we not overdose so much. But, we hobbyists need a "system" to follow when fertilizing, because there are few of us who can read all of this, and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-06-2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 247
Posted By Hoppy
I would dose at 2 ml per 10 gallons, 1 ml for the...

I would dose at 2 ml per 10 gallons, 1 ml for the 5 gal, .5 ml for the 2.5 gal. I know it won't harm the fish at that rate. Remember, Seachem would have you dose more than twice that much for the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-06-2016, 05:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 99
Posted By Hoppy
No. Fertilizer for terrestrial plants isn't the...

No. Fertilizer for terrestrial plants isn't the same as for aquatic plants. It is so easy to dose the right stuff for aquatic plants, so why dump other stuff in the water?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-06-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By Hoppy
Excel does make a very noticeable difference even...

Excel does make a very noticeable difference even with low light tanks. I also found that missing doses of Excel did lead to some small BBA algae attacks. Nothing like when you miss having CO2 at...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-06-2016, 05:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By Hoppy
Excel lasts in effective amounts about 24 hours...

Excel lasts in effective amounts about 24 hours in the aquarium. You need to dose it daily if you want it to be a carbon source for the plants. If you just want to kill off some algae it doesn't...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-06-2016, 05:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 310
Posted By Hoppy
No, aquarium water, with a KH above 1, and...

No, aquarium water, with a KH above 1, and atmospheric CO2 dissolved in it will buffer against changes in pH.

I suspect the water company is adding lye or something similar to raise the pH to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-05-2016, 09:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Posted By Hoppy
I would dose the Flourish more often, every other...

I would dose the Flourish more often, every other day, for example.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 09:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 156
Posted By Hoppy
The answer depends a lot on what plants you are...

The answer depends a lot on what plants you are referring to. Anubias and ferns are going to react differently from how HC and most reddish plants react. Once you settle on a light intensity you...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-05-2016, 09:00 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 11,060
Posted By Hoppy
I missed following this experiment when it...

I missed following this experiment when it started, due to health issues, so I'm late to the party. I read a lot of the posts, but didn't see any mention of Liebig's law of the minimum. (I may have...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-05-2016, 08:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,050
Posted By Hoppy
As long as the plants continue to do well you...

As long as the plants continue to do well you will not have reduced the dosing too much. The experts all preach using the plants as the indicator for determining if you are doing something wrong. ...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-05-2016, 08:19 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 5,739
Posted By Hoppy
If you change 33% of the water, the build-up is...

If you change 33% of the water, the build-up is limited to 3x the total doses between water changes. 25% limits it to 4x the total doses.
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