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Forum: Equipment   06-06-2008, 05:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,536
Posted By BSS
I live in FL. I got my temps in line by getting...

I live in FL. I got my temps in line by getting rid of my glass top and raising my CFs a couple of inches. I'd guess that it dropped my tank temps 5-6 degrees F. Sure, I now battle evaporation...
Forum: Equipment   06-05-2008, 09:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,842
Posted By BSS
Hmmm. You're supposed to change it :icon_lol: ? ...

Hmmm. You're supposed to change it :icon_lol: ? Maybe that's why mine is fading.

I was going to get around to it...really!
Brian.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   06-04-2008, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,204
Posted By BSS
A few thoughts. First, testing pH on tap water...

A few thoughts. First, testing pH on tap water straight from the tap is frequently inaccurate. You really need to let the water sit in a cup (or similar) for some amount so time (say 24 hours) for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-27-2008, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,252
Posted By BSS
I was having the O2 deprivation issue most often...

I was having the O2 deprivation issue most often after water changes. Since adding an airstone during the lights off period, no more fish gasping. Personally, I didn't find that it lowered by CO2...
Forum: DIY   05-07-2008, 06:33 PM
Replies: 11
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Views: 1,135
Posted By BSS
I took your approach as well and came out with...

I took your approach as well and came out with something in the 4.5 dkh range...as I was looking for something a little higher than 30 ppm of CO2.


You did? Is that a good thing?!? It would...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-01-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By BSS
No actual experience, but I seem to recall Tom...

No actual experience, but I seem to recall Tom and others claim that excess CO2 has limited, if any, extra value. I don't recall reading anything about getting to grossly excessive levels causing...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-25-2008, 05:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,318
Posted By BSS
I don't see you listing any source of...

I don't see you listing any source of micronutrients. Now that you are using pure RO, you could easily be deficient in the micros. If memory serves, that's how I solved a similar problem with my...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-25-2008, 05:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By BSS
I stumbled upon some 'generic' Microsword at a...

I stumbled upon some 'generic' Microsword at a local PetSmart recently. Always having wanted to try it, I picked it up. Much of it is now growing in the 5-6" range....a bit tall for my tastes. I'm...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-15-2008, 07:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,714
Posted By BSS
Hey Steve - if it helps any, I used to do this...

Hey Steve - if it helps any, I used to do this all the time (for a couple years). The only time I had stems rot was when I pinched them too hard. Occassionally, you will get some roots that get...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-14-2008, 10:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 550
Posted By BSS
Also living in Florida, I used to wrestle with...

Also living in Florida, I used to wrestle with heat issues. I eventually opted to get rid of my glass canopy, as evaporation is one of nature's ways of cooling off the tank. It's a trade off,...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   03-13-2008, 09:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,965
Posted By BSS
Very sweet tanks! I definitely gotta get mine...

Very sweet tanks! I definitely gotta get mine back in shape (been slacking on a hair-algae war), so we can do some horse...err...plant trading! I see a few plants I haven't tried yet ;).

Oh, and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-11-2008, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 892
Posted By BSS
How much turbulence do you have in your tank? ...

How much turbulence do you have in your tank? How quickly does your pH tend to drop? Depending on your plant growth and the gas exchange at the top of the tank, it wouldn't surprise me to see that...
Forum: Algae   03-11-2008, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,856
Posted By BSS
In my experience, no. Math and formulas are...

In my experience, no. Math and formulas are great, but they also assume an ideal world/environment. That ain't life, IMO. Since setting up my tank several years ago, my KH has always been in the...
Forum: Tank Journals   03-03-2008, 06:03 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 149,498
Posted By BSS
Hey Ted, I can certainly understand life...

Hey Ted,

I can certainly understand life getting in the way of a tank now and again. My tank looked a lot like your 'nightmare' shot until just recently. I, too, am trying to get my tank back...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-21-2008, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,210
Posted By BSS
Well, I can't tell you 'exactly', but the concept...

Well, I can't tell you 'exactly', but the concept is called outgassing. Essentially what happens is as the water runs through your pipes and whatnot on the way to the tank, oxygen and other gases...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-20-2008, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 14,210
Posted By BSS
My tank had what sounds like the same problem a...

My tank had what sounds like the same problem a while back. I tried a number of things. The problem went away when I started injecting O2 into my tank after lights outs via a small air pump (bought...
Forum: DIY   01-09-2008, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,557
Posted By BSS
Nice alternative, Kevin. DC - well done! ...

Nice alternative, Kevin.

DC - well done! Here's another thread that shows the multiple cuts approach (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/diy/56557-diy-canopy-question.html ).

Now if I just...
Forum: DIY   01-07-2008, 02:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,557
Posted By BSS
Nothing really to add, except good luck! I...

Nothing really to add, except good luck! I started a canopy for my 46g a couple years back. I was actually pretty proud of the design, but when the front piece didn't bend as perfectly as I wanted...
Forum: Fish   12-24-2007, 10:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,280
Posted By BSS
I had a slew of Kubotai loaches that I really...

I had a slew of Kubotai loaches that I really liked. Made a bone headed move with servicing the tank one time and lost most of them. They used to be reasonably priced, but with the tsunami several...
Forum: Lighting   08-02-2007, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 463
Posted By BSS
Quite a few of us are following that advice and...

Quite a few of us are following that advice and not 'regularly' replacing PC bulbs. Early on, I ordered a new one, and replaced the old one so I could have a spare on-hand.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-23-2007, 08:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,116
Posted By BSS
Okay, I'll offer a cheaper opinion.... My water...

Okay, I'll offer a cheaper opinion.... My water seems to me to be crystal clear, and I just do regular water changes and put a fair amount of filter floss (the WalMart pillow-stuffing) in my filter....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-23-2007, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By BSS
I used to have pretty frequent fish gasping,...

I used to have pretty frequent fish gasping, especially after large WCs. At one time, I suspected my Excel as well (I was thinking it might have expired or some such). I recently added an air...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   07-13-2007, 06:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,164
Posted By BSS
I grew up in western Michigan and went to Univ of...

I grew up in western Michigan and went to Univ of Mich in Ann Arbor in the early 80's. So, my info is a bit dated.

Ann Arbor is very much a college town...or maybe it's just the part of it I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-07-2007, 08:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 435
Posted By BSS
How do danio-types fair in open water? How about...

How do danio-types fair in open water? How about trying some Celestial Pearl Danios, which will likely be sold as Galaxy Rasboras. Here's a thread with some info on this recently renamed fish (...
Forum: Algae   07-03-2007, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,736
Posted By BSS
Nice! I like it.

Nice! I like it.
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