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Forum: Lighting 03-09-2009, 07:54 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Carissa
They're only $36.99 at Big Al's. Cheaper than the...

They're only $36.99 at Big Al's. Cheaper than the price of two bulbs.
Forum: Lighting 03-09-2009, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By Carissa
Ok, so basically I need to buy a glass canopy....

Ok, so basically I need to buy a glass canopy. Since they don't appear to make them for 31" tanks I'll have to either buy a 36" one and have it stick out or get one cut to fit. Then the strip light...
Forum: Lighting 03-09-2009, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By Carissa
How does the light actually attach? Does it sit...

How does the light actually attach? Does it sit on legs that are supposed to hook over the edge of the tank? I'm trying to figure out what I can do for a top that will work with this light.
Forum: Lighting 03-09-2009, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By Carissa
Does it come with a clear top for the whole tank?...

Does it come with a clear top for the whole tank? It appears to in the manual but it's not totally made clear.
Forum: Lighting 03-08-2009, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By Carissa
Need help with lighting - Coralife fixtures

I'm thinking about upgrading to a Coralife dual T5 fixture on my 30g tank. The problem is that my tank is 31" long, and in the information in the manual it says that the maximum tank size for the 30"...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 11:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 470
Posted By Carissa
You need a drop checker to keep track of co2...

You need a drop checker to keep track of co2 levels...especially with diy co2. Check on ebay, $10 or less. You use distilled water with 4KH as the indicator solution (you can make it yourself with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 11:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By Carissa
I think snails need GH (calcium ions) to live....

I think snails need GH (calcium ions) to live. Adding calcium chloride is an easy way to get more calcium, if your GH is very low as mine is. It is sold as pool hardness increaser.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 11:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 849
Posted By Carissa
Doing 100% RO will cause wild variations in your...

Doing 100% RO will cause wild variations in your water chemistry, since as the RO water hits the coral, or anything else in the tank for that matter, it will start to leach like crazy. Your KH and GH...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 11:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By Carissa
With slow growing plants like swords, and low...

With slow growing plants like swords, and low light, you may be able to get away without fertilizing. Excel adds carbon and is a type of substitute for co2 injection, but does not add what most...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 11:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,614
Posted By Carissa
It's a bad idea to use only RO water, if you are...

It's a bad idea to use only RO water, if you are not reconstituting it. Fish and plants need the minerals etc. that are usually present in tap water. But if your tap water is not usable, you can...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 11:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 610
Posted By Carissa
There is a brief rundown of fert usage and a...

There is a brief rundown of fert usage and a dosage calculator on my website: www.beginneraquarist.petfish.net click on fertilization at the top. You need nitrate, phosphate, potassium, and iron and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 11:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,513
Posted By Carissa
Same here. I've never had a KH even close to 4 in...

Same here. I've never had a KH even close to 4 in any of my tanks.

I'm not a chemistry whiz by any means...but I remember something about injecting co2 with an ACTUAL KH of 0 being different than...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 10:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,513
Posted By Carissa
Yes. It doesn't work well. Calcium carbonate does...

Yes. It doesn't work well. Calcium carbonate does not dissolve well in water, to get enough to have much of an effect, creates a cloudy mess. It also affects KH much more than GH, to have an...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-30-2008, 10:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By Carissa
GH is a measure of calcium and magnesium ions....

GH is a measure of calcium and magnesium ions. This may change if you have something that does ion exchange in the tank, such as peat. Plants will use some of it, not much though. At any rate, I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2008, 09:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,513
Posted By Carissa
The thing is.... injecting co2 creates carbonic...

The thing is.... injecting co2 creates carbonic acid and thereby lowers pH. KH, or buffer, is carbonates. The two do not interact with each other, carbonates only interact with strong acids to reduce...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2008, 08:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By Carissa
Unless you need to use the RO to keep your KH or...

Unless you need to use the RO to keep your KH or GH low for the fish you are keeping, or there's some other issue, I would work towards using all tap water. You don't want to shock your fish so keep...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-27-2008, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 476
Posted By Carissa
I wouldn't worry about your pH or KH, unless you...

I wouldn't worry about your pH or KH, unless you are trying to keep fish that require harder water. If you keep fish such as tetras, angelfish, etc. that prefer soft water, or even fish that do fine...
Forum: Algae 05-24-2008, 07:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,240
Posted By Carissa
Decomposing organic matter can cause/contribute...

Decomposing organic matter can cause/contribute greatly to any type of algae, especially bga. I had a tank that was overrun with bga and the only way I ended up getting rid of it was removing and...
Forum: Algae 05-24-2008, 07:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By Carissa
Doing water changes/gravel vacs can often get a...

Doing water changes/gravel vacs can often get a minor algae problem under control, along with cleaning ALL of it out of the tank. Not doing weekly water changes of about 25% or more will usually...
Forum: Algae 05-24-2008, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 903
Posted By Carissa
Get some distilled water and use baking soda to...

Get some distilled water and use baking soda to create a 4 KH solution for your drop checker. It's nearly impossible to diagnose algae problems if you don't know what your real co2 level is. Likely,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-24-2008, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By Carissa
The chart is often inaccurate....the assumption...

The chart is often inaccurate....the assumption of the chart is that KH and co2 are the only two things in your water affecting pH. Not a common scenario in most real situations. A drop checker with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-24-2008, 01:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By Carissa
Seems fine to me. I would only change what you're...

Seems fine to me. I would only change what you're doing if you are having bad results.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-23-2008, 09:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,513
Posted By Carissa
CO2 will reduce your pH by the same amount no...

CO2 will reduce your pH by the same amount no matter what your KH is. To get CO2 to recommended amounts, your pH will have to drop by 1.0 to 1.4. A drop of 1.0 will give you around 15ppm, a drop of...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-23-2008, 09:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By Carissa
Why would you stop doing water changes to treat...

Why would you stop doing water changes to treat bba? That seems contradictory to me, usually the first line of defense when algae comes along is to increase water changes.

Stopping water changes...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-23-2008, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By Carissa
Mmmm...don't think so. Carbonic acid, a weak acid...

Mmmm...don't think so. Carbonic acid, a weak acid which is formed when co2 is injected, does not interact with KH, which is carbonates. Therefore the level of KH has no bearing on the pH drop when...
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