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  1. Dave Spencer

    Ammonia Problems

    What are your intentions for this tank after cycling? Using ammonia to cycle a tank that will be planted could be a waste of your time and money. Dave.
  2. Dave Spencer

    Sudden rise in High PH, tried everything

    I like to term things such as this as a non event. Those of us injecting CO2 are probably experiencing swings >1. Dave.
  3. Dave Spencer

    Ammonia and Nitrite problems

    Hi Simon. I think I recognise your name from TFF. You will need to change your mind set from the TFF way a little, if you want a truly successful planted tank. There is a sticky in the planted section of TFF, outlining why it isn`t necessary to cycle a planted tank. Try as I have on TFF, I...
  4. Dave Spencer

    No KH reading confussed!?

    End of.... :D Too many forums out there will have you messing about needlessly with kH. Don`t bother in your case. Dave.
  5. Dave Spencer

    Nicks off the scale 'results'

    I understand what you are saying Tom. If you feel this was an issue, then just add the Zeolite as the last stage of filtration, giving the developing bacteria first dibs, which is pretty much what I do. Its primary use for me is to keep the ammonia low at the start of an immature tank, as part...
  6. Dave Spencer

    Nicks off the scale 'results'

    As a keen user of Zeolite, I am going to have to totally disagree with the remarks about it preventing the filter from cycling. How can what is essentially filter media, charged with ammonia, be anything less than a perfect home for a developing nitrifying colony? Remove the Zeolite Nick, and...
  7. Dave Spencer

    How do I cycle my new tank ?

    If I were you, I would get the rotting prawn out and just focus on getting the plants thriving. I have always found that a healthy planted tank will produce its own nitrifying colony without any poisonous additives. Dave.
  8. Dave Spencer

    How do I cycle my new tank ?

    No offence dude, but that sounds like a pretty disgusting way to start up a planted tank (rotting prawns, :sick: ). I set my tanks up the same way as Darrel. Concentrating on getting the plants established will result in a cycled tank. Dave.
  9. Dave Spencer

    Adding Magnesium (epsom salts) to my hard water

    Do you know for sure that your tap water is low on Mg? With a GH of 19, there should most likely be a fair amount of Mg present, although it is possible for it to be low. Adding Mg will increase the GH. Dave.
  10. Dave Spencer

    Phosphate buffers

    Paul, if you still have your doubts about phosphates in the aquarium, use the above question to start a new thread. State your reasons/theories for using it and, hopefully, we all may find out something of interest. Dave.
  11. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    I suspect you only do this when you have the final word. :lol: You are right on this one chris, I should have given this thread a more appropriate title. You are right on this one too chris. :lol: I have spent many years moving with my job, being trained up by so called "experienced"...
  12. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    No worries Mr Madrid. :lol: This thread didn`t really go in the direction I hoped. I will just have to follow my own observations. Dave.
  13. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    I have no problems at all with the tone of your thread Chris. :D However, I do take great exception to the above comment. I have been accused of being lazy and can`t be bothered to dechlorinate, a cheapskate, and now I don`t care about my fish. I started this thread to see if anybody had any...
  14. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    This is what I am wondering though. Do we do it because everybody else does, and have always done so, or is it genuinely a necessary process. I have my doubts as to its importance, to be honest. Dave.
  15. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    But as I have pointed out on this thread, it is nothing to do with saving money. :D Dave.
  16. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    From what I understand, chloramines do not evaporate away. Dave.
  17. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    This thread was never anything to do with cost either. Buying dechlorinator is the least of my expenses. It is also nothing to do with convenience. To get to the heart of why I started this thread, all I can say is that I have no long term observations of whether or not dechlorinating harms my...
  18. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    I bet far more fish have been killed via CO2 than through not dechloronating. The only time any fish have died due to my stupidity is through gassing. Very few of us are so overwhelmed with a duty of care that we would give up our pressurised CO2. Dave.
  19. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    You know me better than to speculate on unsubstantiated rubbish when this hobby is full of evidence to the contrary. :D All I did was state that I have ceased dechloronating, and with no apparent problems. As I said to Stu, I was losing shrimp long before I stopped dechloronating. I am pretty...
  20. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    I haven`t been able to keep shrimp long before I stopped dechloronating. :( Dave.
  21. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    I can smell it too on rare occassions, so I would consider dechloronating then. Other than that, I don`t think I am going to bother any more. I was always forgetting to do it anyway. Dave.
  22. Dave Spencer

    Anybody Else Given up on Dechlorinating?

    After several occassions where I have forgot to dechlorinate during a water change, and then running out of the stuff without the time to buy some more in, I decided to stop. Neither during the times I forgot, nor since stopping dechlorinating totally, have I noticed any problems. So, are...
  23. Dave Spencer

    Evaporation?

    I add about 10l per week to my open topped 240l, and the walls in the house are bone dry. 8) I do have a fair amount of surface disturbance, which probably increases the rate of evaporation. Dave.
  24. Dave Spencer

    All about Water Hardness

    I have done a bit of reading since you started this thread, with the same findings as you James. I had my doubts, though, as a lot of them did mention adding CO2 would reduce KH too. Another demerit for hobby test kits, I think. Dave. EDIT:I actually used to know a lot of this stuff when I...
  25. Dave Spencer

    All about Water Hardness

    How come only the ions of calcium and magnesium carbonate are used in measuring KH? Dave.
  26. Dave Spencer

    All about Water Hardness

    I`ve had a few of these conversations recently, trying to convince people not to keep messing with their KH so they could inject CO2, yet they still insisted on doing it. Some people just love to worry, I think. My dKH is virtually zero, yet I can still inject CO2. pH crashes are all the rage...
  27. Dave Spencer

    All about Water Hardness

    This an excellent write up James. I often read on other forums about peoples woes with a dropping KH and pH during cycling, when the reality has always been that it is the build up of nitrates etc. affecting the alkalinity. I may have to steal your succinct way of writing to show how...
  28. Dave Spencer

    Crystal Clear water

    Purigen is not a chemical that is added to the water column. It is a resin that removes nitrogenous waste and various discolourants from the water column. I thought my water was crystal clear, the I started using Purigen. :D Dave.
  29. Dave Spencer

    RO water

    I have very soft tap water, so the only use I have for it is making my own 4dKH solution. Dave.
  30. Dave Spencer

    RO water

    Sorry, Steve! I was being flippant. :D I am referring to the water treatment plant at the power staion where I work. Dave.
  31. Dave Spencer

    RO water

    Hah! Na Na Na Na Na. I can get freebie RO at 0.02 microSiemens/cm. The only problem is, I don`t need it. :cry: Dave.
  32. Dave Spencer

    RO water

    Does anybody know the conductivity of the product? Dave.
  33. Dave Spencer

    Whats a good GH Target?

    It is possible to kill your fauna with too much CO2. Whilst the CO2 does not displace the O2 levels, fish need the CO2 concentration in the water to be lower than their metabolic levels, otherwise they can`t rid their bodies of waste CO2. :) Dave.
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