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Forum: Fish   Today, 09:15 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By farrenator
I have had both and like both. Rummynose school...

I have had both and like both. Rummynose school much better, cardinals are more colorful. But, when cardinals get comfortable they spread out and it looks like a giant barf of color, as opposed to...
Forum: Fish   05-23-2017, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By farrenator
A good, overall tonic is the addition of salt. I...

A good, overall tonic is the addition of salt. I can't remember who much per gallon/liter (it has been a while since I have had to use it) so research it before adding. And not table salt, get the...
Forum: Tank Journals   05-18-2017, 07:42 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 22,567
Posted By farrenator
Superb

Superb
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   05-15-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By farrenator
My 2 cents, not sure if helpful. I have a well...

My 2 cents, not sure if helpful. I have a well established tank that is stable, with CO2 injection (I would say medium, not full blast). Lots of plants, lots of wood, lots of algae, lots of mulm. ...
Forum: Tank Journals   05-10-2017, 08:45 PM
Replies: 470
Views: 66,442
Posted By farrenator
Good luck with the new venture. Like you I went...

Good luck with the new venture. Like you I went from a high light, high CO2 tank (which looked great but required attention) to a low light, no CO2 tank which ran on auto pilot for a while. I now...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   05-04-2017, 08:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 150
Posted By farrenator
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Forum: Plants   04-30-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By farrenator
It grows well in my aquarium but I have...

It grows well in my aquarium but I have medium/high light, moderate CO2 and about 20ppm nitrate. If the leaves turn black that indicates lack of nitrogen. If it gets established it grows really...
Forum: DIY   04-26-2017, 09:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,959
Posted By farrenator
Just seeing this now. Super cool! ...

Just seeing this now. Super cool! Congratulations on a job well done.
Forum: DIY   04-14-2017, 05:06 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 10,425
Posted By farrenator
Hoppy is renting a PAR meter over on...

Hoppy is renting a PAR meter over on aquaticplantcentral Basically put down a deposit and you pay for the cost of shipping. I did it, worked out fine.
Forum: Fish   04-11-2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By farrenator
I have bought from Angels Plus once before. I...

I have bought from Angels Plus once before. I bought some good quality baby Dantums. Easy transaction and shipped quickly. Beautiful fish IMO.
Forum: Lighting   01-23-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,096
Posted By farrenator
I agree with Greggz.

I agree with Greggz.
Forum: Lighting   01-19-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By farrenator
To grow plants you need red spectrum (warm white...

To grow plants you need red spectrum (warm white works well) and blue spectrum (cool white works well). Everything else if for our viewing pleasure, the plants don't care. I already suggested an...
Forum: Equipment   01-16-2017, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By farrenator
Lets assume the water comes in from the top and...

Lets assume the water comes in from the top and flows out the bottom. Put the CO2 entry and the bottom so that the bubbles flow up, against the grain of the incoming water. This will help it to...
Forum: Lighting   01-16-2017, 03:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By farrenator
4 x 6500 is going to be a ton of light. I...

4 x 6500 is going to be a ton of light. I suggest you get something withe some red in it (warm white). It will help show off the colors of the fish and plants. Dial intensity up/down by adjusting...
Forum: Plants   01-15-2017, 12:54 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 11,449
Posted By farrenator
You have a good head start. Let the nitrite...

You have a good head start. Let the nitrite converting bacteria population grow and keep monitoring your ammonia levels. Once ammonia and nitrite read zero your tank is cycled and you can add fish....
Forum: DIY   01-14-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By farrenator
I took me a bit but I found a Swagelok 'S' series...

I took me a bit but I found a Swagelok 'S' series needle valve on ebay for a good price. It was worth every penny. Coupled with a low output pressure dual stage regulator (also on ebay) I have a...
Forum: Plants   01-14-2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 11,449
Posted By farrenator
Patience. Let the cycle do its thing - are you...

Patience. Let the cycle do its thing - are you aware of what the cycle entails? You need the right bacteria/critters to take hold - which takes time. Ammonia --> Nitrite ---> Nitrate. One...
Forum: Lighting   01-14-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By farrenator
I have Hagen Glo fixtures, T5 HO. Total of 4...

I have Hagen Glo fixtures, T5 HO. Total of 4 bulbs @ 54 watts each is a ton of light for my 75 gallon. I hang them approximately 13 inches above the water surface. Any lower and it would be too...
Forum: Equipment   01-11-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 406
Posted By farrenator
I think the pH controller is a waste of money. I...

I think the pH controller is a waste of money. I (and plenty of others) run CO2 without any automation and it works fine. Spend your money on a good regulator and a high quality needle valve (I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-07-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By farrenator
You might want to start out at 1/2 EI but another...

You might want to start out at 1/2 EI but another option is to go with PPS Pro and then adjust according to what your tank/plants need. It sounds like the plant biomass won't be changing that...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-27-2016, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By farrenator
With EI (or any other dosing regime) you dose...

With EI (or any other dosing regime) you dose micros and macros on alternate days. If you dose on the same day the iron in the micros gets transformed into a form that is less usable by the plants...
Forum: Equipment   11-18-2016, 07:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By farrenator
Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-16-2016, 07:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,556
Posted By farrenator
I am with Adam. You may not need to dose at all...

I am with Adam. You may not need to dose at all for a while. Spend the $$ on a test kit. They aren't super accurate but they do give you a general idea. That and observation are good guides. ...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   03-16-2016, 01:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,556
Posted By farrenator
PPS Pro will give you a good starting point. As...

PPS Pro will give you a good starting point. As was stated, your fert regimen is going to depend on how much plant mass you have and dhow fast it is growing. Since you are going low tech then your...
Forum: DIY   08-02-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 84,595
Posted By farrenator
Why can't you use the digital outputs on your...

Why can't you use the digital outputs on your existing arduino board?
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