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Forum: Plants 08-30-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 642
Posted By plantbrain
Prior to EI, there was the list of parameters....

Prior to EI, there was the list of parameters. Formed somewhat by consensus in the local SFBAAPS members.

GH was part of that, and EI has GH additions included.
Any EI write up that is missing...
Forum: Aquascaping 08-30-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 321
Posted By plantbrain
I have some Diorama ideas floating around, more...

I have some Diorama ideas floating around, more along the lines of fusion of that and nature style, pengjing etc.

So I'll keep a few pieces with that in mind.

Once I develop the scape and am...
Forum: Aquascaping 08-30-2014, 04:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 321
Posted By plantbrain
Nope, private stash.

Nope, private stash.
Forum: Plants 08-30-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 642
Posted By plantbrain
Which red species? KH? GH? Never...

Which red species?

KH?

GH?

Never assume anything about CO2.

Then you can focus on light.
Forum: Aquascaping 08-29-2014, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 321
Posted By plantbrain
Real bonsai trees

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/IMG_3754_zps2412f0dd.jpg
Forum: Lighting 08-28-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,418
Posted By plantbrain
Be honest? Looking at light does not offer any...

Be honest? Looking at light does not offer any quantitative measure of the differences between these two products and one cost a lot more than the other and the uses more watts.

So is a light...
Forum: Equipment 08-28-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 839
Posted By plantbrain
Carbon pre filter on the incoming line. Or...

Carbon pre filter on the incoming line.

Or do small daily water changes, say 5-10% slowly.

Bump: Another item for the list of APEX items: automated feeding timers.

Yes, you can buy others...
Forum: Equipment 08-27-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 839
Posted By plantbrain
There's that, or making your own water/marine...

There's that, or making your own water/marine mix. I use RO for drinking if the tap is hard etc, high KH. Tap is insanely high grade where I live now.

Good skimming and other methods can avoid...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-27-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By plantbrain
Might consider Excel dosing and some very light...

Might consider Excel dosing and some very light ferts, EI, maybe 1/4 th the suggested dosing, maybe 1-2x a week etc. easy and should improve growth and health by 200-500% or so with the light you...
Forum: Plants 08-26-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 448
Posted By plantbrain
Main issue is not to add a lot of stem plants and...

Main issue is not to add a lot of stem plants and plants that are taller and closer to the lighting, then you can do okay.
Forum: Equipment 08-26-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 839
Posted By plantbrain
If you use LED's and are into it, then running...

If you use LED's and are into it, then running the lighting is a key aspect that is useful for a general controller.

Ph, no.
Temp, not really.

pH is addressed very a good CO2 reg and needle...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-25-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 556
Posted By plantbrain
One of the tenets of a non CO2, no Excel planted...

One of the tenets of a non CO2, no Excel planted tank is low maintenance.

So doing lots of water changes is certainly NOT part of the goal there.
Nor is overstocking with lots of fish etc.
Nor...
Forum: Fish 08-25-2014, 04:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 279
Posted By plantbrain
Many folks have breed them, but.....you do not...

Many folks have breed them, but.....you do not get much brood. Maybe 6-8 kittens if lucky.

The issue is they grow slow, really slow. So 2-3 years, you might end up with decent sized F1's worth...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-21-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By plantbrain
There's a tank in need of nice hardscape...

There's a tank in need of nice hardscape driftwood.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-21-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 701
Posted By plantbrain
Likely wise to use Excel if you like stems and...

Likely wise to use Excel if you like stems and moss.

dose about 1/4 EI, water change once every month or so.

Generic Excel is available on line etc.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-20-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By plantbrain
Neither of these are requirements, they are...

Neither of these are requirements, they are arbitrary %'s and time frames used as examples only. I've never said they are required in nearly 20 years.
Cost for dry ferts is an issue? Really? We are...
Forum: Algae 08-20-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,434
Posted By plantbrain
CO2, CO2 and CO2, too much light.........other...

CO2, CO2 and CO2, too much light.........other things perhaps: lack of water changes, temp is too high, you live in HW, but is the tank air conditioned? Unless you live up in the mountains, it's...
Forum: Equipment 08-20-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By plantbrain
I use a 10lb tank on a 180 about once every 6-8...

I use a 10lb tank on a 180 about once every 6-8 weeks.

The issue as mentioned already.......you are not getting enough diffusion.
Use a reactor housing.
Forum: Algae 08-20-2014, 03:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 392
Posted By plantbrain
Adding PO4 remover will not solve the algae...

Adding PO4 remover will not solve the algae issue, as it can live below the resolution of your test kits. Also, when you feed the fish, even with absorber's, the waste generated is enough it supply...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-18-2014, 05:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,780
Posted By plantbrain
So how much is too much? I have references...

So how much is too much?

I have references hitting 6-8 ppm for optimal growth, 30X what many dose in CO2 enriched high growth tanks.

If someone says "excess", they need to quantify what that...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 08-18-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,780
Posted By plantbrain
You have too many stem plants for the foreground...

You have too many stem plants for the foreground chain swords. Trim the stems way back, start them off short and trim then till........the fore ground plants start to grow in nice.

So you have...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-18-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,225
Posted By plantbrain
Yes, they are shorter than say Anubias, some of...

Yes, they are shorter than say Anubias, some of the Whites are a good 6" long, the Buces get about 3-5" thus far.

I've had Anubias nana's and petites get almost a ft for client's.

Bump:
...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-17-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,225
Posted By plantbrain
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain...

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/Bucetank3_zps629a85bc.jpg (http://s171.photobucket.com/user/plantbrain/media/Bucetank3_zps629a85bc.jpg.html)
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Forum: Tank Journals 08-17-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 2,237
Views: 273,907
Posted By plantbrain
The soil I've added is often the old stuff I...

The soil I've added is often the old stuff I collected from client's who changed their minds, so it's old and has little N left.

I rarely add new soil to old soil, I want a similar life out of the...
Forum: Lighting 08-16-2014, 04:43 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,418
Posted By plantbrain
the Sharp 3500K is close to what the spectral...

the Sharp 3500K is close to what the spectral output is with the Mini, but.they add other color mixes to give that nicer white color.

http://www.1023world.net/diy/spectra/

But that's the...
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