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Forum: The Lounge & Introductions Yesterday, 05:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 379
Posted By plantbrain
Lighting is key for off roading and at night for...

Lighting is key for off roading and at night for some rural areas. Not needed for day to day street driving though.

And in many cases, it's illegal.

Correctly lower cars, that's an art,...
Forum: Tank Journals Yesterday, 05:09 AM
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Views: 280,033
Posted By plantbrain
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Forum: Tank Journals 09-28-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 11,764
Posted By plantbrain
Moderate light, easy plants, high biomass, good...

Moderate light, easy plants, high biomass, good CO2, looks like a surface skimmer overflow , so a sump/wet/dry............I do the same for the most part myself on my 70 Gallon Buce tank. I think...
Forum: Plants 09-28-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By plantbrain
Baloney names for plants, worse than algae.:wink:...

Baloney names for plants, worse than algae.:wink:

Same as the white Anubias.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 09-28-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By plantbrain
Cliff Quick Review Plant Biology is not bad given...

Cliff Quick Review Plant Biology is not bad given the nature of the course, you learn those things, you will do fairly well.

Write out the term, concept etc......... then write out what the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-25-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 276
Posted By plantbrain
The method that you are more likely to do...

The method that you are more likely to do consistently. I dose 2x a week.
I dose traces more often when I remember to do it.
Forum: Algae 09-25-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,047
Posted By plantbrain
This is not quite correct logic, as the methods...

This is not quite correct logic, as the methods themselves were not the specific reason for the GSA, more, the lower PO4 recommendation for PPS was more at issue. Adding more PO4 to the mix...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-25-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By plantbrain
Take care of the plant's needs, allow them to...

Take care of the plant's needs, allow them to establish and biomass to fill in........ and then add more light? Likely in most cases.

If you did not add ferts consistently to the water if you had...
Forum: Lighting 09-23-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 350
Posted By plantbrain
Given the trade offs, PAR meters are pretty...

Given the trade offs, PAR meters are pretty standard and the best comparative method to measure light sources quickly.

Unless there's a specific spectral question to a certain species and someone...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-23-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 816
Posted By plantbrain
Joe, you recall the old toys that used vinegar...

Joe, you recall the old toys that used vinegar and baking soda to cause them to move or the volcano experiments kids do/did?

Acetic acid is cheap and widely available and safe at the 5%...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-23-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 816
Posted By plantbrain
This is correct, you cannot evaporate/degas...

This is correct, you cannot evaporate/degas Chloride ions in water. Chlorine gas, yes. I had about 100 ppm or thereabouts, some folks have been using KCL at very high levels, a client of mine uses...
Forum: Tank Journals 09-23-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,054
Posted By plantbrain
Get a Mr Aqua 18x18x24 inch tank. Fairly...

Get a Mr Aqua 18x18x24 inch tank.

Fairly cheap cost wise.

Much better tank size than the other two options.

Belem grass is EASY. Then add a few others to play around with and try.
Mini...
Forum: Plants 09-23-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By plantbrain
Which variety is this? the mini or the normal? ...

Which variety is this? the mini or the normal?
there's some 3-5 different similar plants.

The mini seems the best IME.

I have some emergent that transition well if you want to try and see. ...
Forum: Algae 09-20-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,047
Posted By plantbrain
This hits on what I call reverse alleopathy, not...

This hits on what I call reverse alleopathy, not so much what a healthy plant releases that's the cue for algae, rather, what a stressed plant and decaying plant releases.

Those stressed released...
Forum: Algae 09-20-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,047
Posted By plantbrain
So why don't ADA AS tanks kill plants when newly...

So why don't ADA AS tanks kill plants when newly started up aquariums have higher ppm's of NH4? I was only able to induce Green Water.

I was able to induce a host of common algae when I...
Forum: Algae 09-20-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,047
Posted By plantbrain
Why does algae and nutrients define the system...

Why does algae and nutrients define the system rather than plants, where present in sufficient biomass, control and modify the system?


There is top down ecosystem control and bottom up ecosystem...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-19-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 585
Posted By plantbrain
Well, it's fairly simple, only a tiny bit of all...

Well, it's fairly simple, only a tiny bit of all of the CO2 injected reacts with the alkalinity. Simple as that.



And that...it does........but you assume that the alkalinity is 100%...
Forum: Lighting 09-19-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 13,113
Posted By plantbrain
Exactly. And they are not preventing anyone...

Exactly.

And they are not preventing anyone from stealing their data or work, anyone can buy the unit and then take it apart and copy it.
Forum: Algae 09-19-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,206
Posted By plantbrain
Fatherlanddescendant, Most of the references...

Fatherlanddescendant,

Most of the references you listed initially are from marine systems.
Silica is virtually never limiting in freshwater aquatic plant systems.
I would challenge anyone to...
Forum: Algae 09-19-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,206
Posted By plantbrain
Horsetails do, some grasses.

Horsetails do, some grasses.
Forum: CO2Art Ltd 09-19-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 517
Posted By plantbrain
Aren't reviews are not allowed on TPT? From...

Aren't reviews are not allowed on TPT?

From looking at the web site, it appears those all appear to be single stage units. Perhaps there's some misunderstanding about the differences of what a...
Forum: Algae 09-19-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,047
Posted By plantbrain
NH3/NH4 does not appear to cause algae at...

NH3/NH4 does not appear to cause algae at moderate to lower levels, say 1.0 ppm to 0.8 ppm is a well run planted tank.

No planted tank will demand more than that daily dosed amount however.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 09-19-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 147
Posted By plantbrain
You may need 30 ppm or....not you might need more...

You may need 30 ppm or....not you might need more for optimal growth, in a few cases, less.

Better circulation, larger flow through for reactor, better degassing at night etc.
Those will...
Forum: Sevenports 09-18-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,833
Posted By plantbrain
VIV makes a nice cleaning brush for the 12 mm or...

VIV makes a nice cleaning brush for the 12 mm or 1/2 glass pipes, do they make a 25 mm version?

It's extremely useful for cleaning the lily pipes and other glassware compared to anything else...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-18-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 585
Posted By plantbrain
Just change the membrane and prefilter and the...

Just change the membrane and prefilter and the Carbon prefilter(the most). Back flush every month or two also.

Keep an eye on the TDS, it's easy to check.

There's no need to add that much to...
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