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Forum: Plants Yesterday, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 146
Posted By plantbrain
+1, it's a weed. I've grown a lot of it and...

+1, it's a weed.

I've grown a lot of it and seen even more in natural habitats.
Forum: Fish 12-13-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By plantbrain
40 gallons is plenty, they are extremely active. ...

40 gallons is plenty, they are extremely active.

They tend to fight among themselves. Often bullying a runt to death.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-13-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By plantbrain
After 20 some odd years growing most every...

After 20 some odd years growing most every species, I used TMG for awhile, then Seachem then CMS. I could never tell any difference between them except the Fe Gluconate in Flourish did not do as well...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-12-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 233
Posted By plantbrain
Can you state which plant species and at what...

Can you state which plant species and at what range of ppm's will cause a deficiency or excess blockage? If not, then it's speculation without support.

This weekend, my tanks looked like this:
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-04-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 532
Posted By plantbrain
the pH/KH/CO2 chart suggest that you need a pH...

the pH/KH/CO2 chart suggest that you need a pH drop to the 6.6 range or so for this light routine if the tank is full of faster growing stem plants.

Frankly, there is no way you have enough CO2...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-17-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 510
Posted By plantbrain
CO2 is over dosed all the time in the post here...

CO2 is over dosed all the time in the post here and the aquarist kill and gas their fish.

I've not seen anyone decidedly kill a fish with KNO3, K2SO4, GH booster, KH2PO4.

NH4 and Copper it is...
Forum: Equipment 11-16-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 456
Posted By plantbrain
All the fine microbubbles attach to organic...

All the fine microbubbles attach to organic material, and cause a suspension. BACTERIAL BLOOM ALSO.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-14-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By plantbrain
You can run models of the outcomes of doing...

You can run models of the outcomes of doing 10-20% water changes, but for Excel tanks...........I suggest once a month water change and do a good 50%.

All the fuss and heehaw over ferts when a...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-13-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By plantbrain
Yes, add plants, add soil, water daily.

Yes, add plants, add soil, water daily.
Forum: Tank Journals 11-12-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By plantbrain
The HC started as a sorry looking pot and then...

The HC started as a sorry looking pot and then went into this in May:

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/HCiwagumi_zps36880e9c.jpg...
Forum: Tank Journals 11-12-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Posted By plantbrain
Iwagumi nano HC tank

Well, it looks bigger than it is, it's a 3 gallon tank

Rock arrangement is nothing ground breaking, but that's not even remotely the point for this, it's a blend of terrarium, aquarium, bonsai and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-11-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 444
Posted By plantbrain
Breeders in Asia have been dropping the prices on...

Breeders in Asia have been dropping the prices on them if the vendor buys in bulk, so if you order 1000, then ship out 20 to each store for an ad.........then it's not an issue. The idea is the same...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-07-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 844
Posted By plantbrain
The good news is you are young, so the recovery...

The good news is you are young, so the recovery would be good and the new bone would grow in well, if you are 85, well.......not so much.

So ad far as recovery and less pain, well, it's not...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 11-01-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,214
Posted By plantbrain
You should not be using EI for a non CO2, non...

You should not be using EI for a non CO2, non Excel planted tank.

You should only be dosing 1/10th at most the EI rates. If you have ample livestock and feed them well, even less.

EI is fairly...
Forum: DIY 11-01-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 41,620
Posted By plantbrain
This is an inherent problem with LED...

This is an inherent problem with LED calculations.

The more light type variables you add, the messier things start to get. There's much less consistency since you can DIY so many options.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,214
Posted By plantbrain
WC seems to really hit algae in a negative way....

WC seems to really hit algae in a negative way. So the more, the better till you cannot handle all the labor or get sick of them etc, but then automation, simple less laborious methods can be...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,214
Posted By plantbrain
Over what time frame? Plants can take a while...

Over what time frame?
Plants can take a while to adapt and the end result is often not the immediate response of a dosing routine, might take 8 weeks to see that.

Folks see some things clear up,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,214
Posted By plantbrain
Your plants will grow very nicely post water...

Your plants will grow very nicely post water change(that day).

Tap often adds a lot of CO2 rich water because it's colder and in a sealed system, then it is warmed, releases CO2. Well water is...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,214
Posted By plantbrain
You can do it yourself and see the reduced and...

You can do it yourself and see the reduced and stunted tip growth, you can see curling and twisting in several species of plants.

Ludwigia V. var red pantanal is a good plant to try this out with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-30-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,214
Posted By plantbrain
No, this is not correct. It looks a lot...

No, this is not correct.

It looks a lot like several nutrient deficiencies(K+, Ca++, several traces).
It does not just impact rates of growth. Nutrients are easy to rule out, CO2 is almost never...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-28-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By plantbrain
Under this type of routine, I typically suggest...

Under this type of routine, I typically suggest 1/4 to 1/3 EI, not 1/2.
Water changes typically run once a month.

Once a month say 50% is better than 2x a month of 20% regarding any build up of...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 10-27-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,526
Posted By plantbrain
Get a lawyer. Job: do you plan on doing...

Get a lawyer.

Job: do you plan on doing this type of work when you are 60?
Know anyone that does? Ask them what you should do.

Find something with decent benefits and I have an idea or two...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-27-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By plantbrain
I'm not so sure anyone has shown an upper range...

I'm not so sure anyone has shown an upper range that we know is detrimental for NO3.

I've gone 6-12 months without water changes on many tanks.
But,m dirt, muck, post trimming effects,...
Forum: Lighting 10-27-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By plantbrain
Folks that see a difference= CO2 issue(generally,...

Folks that see a difference= CO2 issue(generally, too low), too long of a light schedule , too bright.

Sometimes folks add CO2 poorly, so not enough at the start, then too much at the end, others,...
Forum: Algae 10-27-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 808
Posted By plantbrain
If you reduce the light, then this suggest it's...

If you reduce the light, then this suggest it's something to do with CO2/ferts, less to do with most other issues.

High light= things have more demand for nutrients/CO2.

Screen and also simply...
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