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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-07-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,052
Posted By mcarroll
I don't think there's much risk to trying a...

I don't think there's much risk to trying a little peroxide - would stay away from antibiotics though.

Are the other areas you're seeing it relatively low or high flow? Same plant or on other...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-05-2013, 10:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,052
Posted By mcarroll
Ditto on the flow recommendations. With it being...

Ditto on the flow recommendations. With it being a corner and having that rock in the way (=turbulence=reduced flow) it's a prime candidate for being a dead spot. And as suggested it may be...
Forum: DIY 01-16-2013, 06:04 AM
Replies: 585
Views: 107,296
Posted By mcarroll
Unbelievably well said! There's a lot of truth...

Unbelievably well said! There's a lot of truth in that statement and I think it bears repeating. :-)

(Yes, I meant it....everyone read that again! ;) )

Having a $20 LUX meter to go by is so...
Forum: Lighting 01-04-2013, 08:53 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 126,188
Posted By mcarroll
To the degree you are confident of your current...

To the degree you are confident of your current numbers, a bit of math (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse-square_law#Light_and_other_electromagnetic_radiation) should give you a workable number...
Forum: Lighting 01-04-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 126,188
Posted By mcarroll
A photography meter is probably reading in LUX. ...

A photography meter is probably reading in LUX. If so...

One answer is that "no" you can't convert from LUX to PAR with a standard conversion.

Another is that "yes" you can convert as long as...
Forum: Fish 09-19-2012, 07:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,298
Posted By mcarroll
Generally +1's across the board! :) This is one...

Generally +1's across the board! :) This is one of my all-time favorite fish.

Mostly restating what's already been said, don't mistake the African Brown Knife for being an aggressive fish. ...
Forum: Plants 09-19-2012, 01:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 413
Posted By mcarroll
Interesting....tagging along. I had good...

Interesting....tagging along.

I had good luck with moss back in my day (as well as val's crypts and some others), but in the same tank couldn't get j. fern to grow to save myself.

Was running...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-19-2012, 01:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 784
Posted By mcarroll
Take another look/think around....these guys...

Take another look/think around....these guys aren't all wrong! :-)

There is stagnant water in every sink or bath drain trap, sump wells, air conditioning drain lines, etc as well as the more...
Forum: Plants 09-19-2012, 12:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 924
Posted By mcarroll
More than likely just spores, as mentioned...

More than likely just spores, as mentioned already...can you post a photo, or link to one that looks like what you see?

-Matt
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-19-2012, 12:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By mcarroll
Just one other tip to add on the pile here as you...

Just one other tip to add on the pile here as you go forward:

Freshwater and saltwater tanks are both as much work to keep as you design them to be. (And while salt and fresh have obvious...
Forum: Lighting 09-19-2012, 12:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By mcarroll
250w would be the "standard" choice, but it...

250w would be the "standard" choice, but it depends a lot on what you want in the tank and where. 150w bulbs is not "a lot" of light for a 24" deep tank, but could be appropriate...depends. :) ...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 09-19-2012, 12:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,681
Posted By mcarroll
"Scuds" are actually an amphipod...

"Scuds" are actually an amphipod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphipoda)....generally they are detritus consumers. One of the good guys!!!

My bet is that the moss is already dying (in part, or...
Forum: Equipment 09-18-2012, 10:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,379
Posted By mcarroll
Good points you bring up! As to the warm...

Good points you bring up!

As to the warm water problem... I guess it depends on what scenario you have in mind, but a 10-20% water change with 84[censored]water wouldn't be the end of the world....
Forum: Tank Journals 09-18-2012, 10:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,816
Posted By mcarroll
Dang - what happened to all the pics? Nothing to...

Dang - what happened to all the pics? Nothing to refer back to in most posts now. Any chance you could repost a pic of your light hanger?

Thanks!

-Matt
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-18-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,387
Posted By mcarroll
This is the time of year for a lot of us when the...

This is the time of year for a lot of us when the weather is "in between" and the HVAC system doesn't run very often.

HVAC cools or heats the air (coincidentally drying it a little in the...
Forum: Equipment 09-18-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By mcarroll
Ouch! :icon_eek: My sympathies - been there one...

Ouch! :icon_eek: My sympathies - been there one too many times myself.

You must have some serious water pressure on that well system! :-) Have you ever checked it with one of these WATTS IWTG...
Forum: Equipment 09-18-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,379
Posted By mcarroll
Seth, if your fish, plants, etc seem to be...

Seth, if your fish, plants, etc seem to be showing no stress and you're just noticing the temp increase, I am with you on just riding it out....no sense changing anything if they aren't telling you...
Forum: Lighting 09-18-2012, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By mcarroll
As far as the coverage, 40 optics at 18" from...

As far as the coverage, 40 optics at 18" from the water surface should give you a radius of coverage that's about +6.5" around the perimeter formed by the LED's. The outer 10% or so of that radius...
Forum: Lighting 09-18-2012, 06:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,238
Posted By mcarroll
Indeed! I hadn't seen that before reading this...

Indeed! I hadn't seen that before reading this thread - very cool indeed. The related solderless mounts (http://makersled.com/?p=519) make it even cooler!



Thanks for posting that link -...
Forum: Lighting 09-12-2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By mcarroll
If you are on crunch time, that makes it a tough...

If you are on crunch time, that makes it a tough situation.

It's a long shot IMO, but can you get a part number from the driver? Maybe there's an on-board way to adjust it while you have it apart...
Forum: Lighting 09-12-2012, 07:39 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,491
Posted By mcarroll
I'm pretty sure we'll always be at least a step...

I'm pretty sure we'll always be at least a step behind, but I think you're right that we're a little behind where we should be here.

While the UV theory is logical, it's far from proven in...
Forum: Lighting 09-12-2012, 07:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,238
Posted By mcarroll
1.5-2 watts/gallon is a good rule of thumb for...

1.5-2 watts/gallon is a good rule of thumb for LED's and your size of tank, so I say you are at least generally on track. Color is the question and as long as you're not too heavy on the blue or...
Forum: Lighting 09-12-2012, 06:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By mcarroll
If you look around eBay I think you can find a...

If you look around eBay I think you can find a remote for sale by itself - IIRC they are generally compatible with one-another. YMMV, so a little reading and/or a few confirmation emails with a...
Forum: Lighting 09-12-2012, 06:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,138
Posted By mcarroll
Do you know what chemistry they are using to...

Do you know what chemistry they are using to provide the Iron and Potassium (or other) additives you list?

If the Tiger is doing well, you probably have "enough" light, but adding....or...
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