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Recent content by paul.in.kendal

  1. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    So I've not re-done the Ph readings, primarily because it's such a pain to do. The staghorn continues, I've raised the luminaire a little more, and I'm focusing on propagating healthy new growth, with assertive pruning, rather than preserving existing growth, which is a fool's errand. Just...
  2. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    I think that either the 1300 or the 1330 reading is wrong. I'm going to do it all again (not today, I need an early night!) and see what I get. Thanks again, Clive.
  3. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    The probe and buffer sachets turned up yesterday, so I took some half-hourly readings. I finished a 50% water change at noon, using my (pH7) tap water. pH readings as follows: 1300 - 7. 0 1330 - 6.7 (co2 injection begins) 1400 - 6.7 1430 - 6.7 1500 - 6.5 1530 - 6.4 1600 - 6.3 1630 - 6.3 1630 -...
  4. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    I've ordered ten sachets of ph7 solution, as it seems to be a one-point calibration process. Hopefully that'll do me for a couple of daily half-hour sets of data? Or do I literally need to recalibrate for each and every one of those half-hourly measurements?
  5. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    Thanks for that, @alto - I've discovered that, infuriatingly, the pen doesn't come with any calibration/buffer solutions, and Sterner don't even nudge you in that direction when you order it! So I've now ordered some sachets separately. I'm guessing calibration is only needed from time to...
  6. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    Too late, a Milwaukee has been bought. What model of Hanna should I have got?
  7. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    Looks like Milwaukee is a respected brand. Their ph600 pen is available for £15 - £25. As I'd presumably only be using this for a few days, to get a handle on injection timing and rate, that would do it I reckon.
  8. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    Thanks Clive. [Retires to research pH probes].
  9. paul.in.kendal

    Taller bodied fish

    Red phantom tetra feeding
  10. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    I've now introduced a shoal of red phantom tetra. They seem absolutely fine - no sign of distress while co2 levels are elevated. And thinking about what @ceg4048 said about staghorn and co2, it occurs to me that, while I had sufficient co2 in the tank in the early stages of healthy growth, it...
  11. paul.in.kendal

    Taller bodied fish

    Thanks once again for all the suggestions, folks. I've gone for a shoal of 15 red phantom tetra, which seem to have settled in fine. They definitely seem to favour the lower half of the aquarium, so the suggestion from @Simon Cole to add another shoal that will tend to stay higher in the water...
  12. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    Hi Clive, I have misrepresented what the calculator says about 30ppm calcium. It's not a target, but a limit: "Here you increase the upper (maximum) limit the calculator should use when designing your fertilizer. Beyond these values the calculators will refuse to calculate. Note that the...
  13. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    ... and I've been doing 50% water changes like a maniac - aiming for a daily water change and never skipping more than one day.
  14. paul.in.kendal

    Cape Clear

    I've been removing staghorn algae from the aquarium for a couple of weeks now. I was hoping it would start to subside, but it's proving persistent. It does seem to have migrated from being mainly on the plants to being mainly on the hardscape, which I hope means the plants are getting stronger...
  15. paul.in.kendal

    Tap fittings/water changes.

    I've got the same connector, with a t-connector too. Once the hose is in place I don't have to touch it until the job is done, draining via the side-link, then refilling direct (dechlor going straight into the tank). The four taps mean I can test tapwater temperature at any time, by running it...
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