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    Enough Light?

    Hi, For the 1000th time, why would you want to add more light if you're getting algae using the lights that you have now? Light causes algae, and so adding more light causes more algae. There is no rule that says you must use high light just because you are using CO2, but there is a rule...
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    Potassium Nitrate (KNO3) Purchased from Internet

    I've seen a couple of threads here and there about folks buying KNO3 from ebay and other internet sources and later getting BGA or other Nitrogen related deficiencies. It's now clear to me that some sellers may be sending out non-Potassium Nitrate products such as Calcium Nitrate or Magnesium...
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    New tank filter media

    Hi, I se no reason whatsoever to remove the activated carbon. The bioballs, rings and carbon are as good a combination as you'll find. I agree that removing the floss will help your flow. Cheers,
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    Algae Scrubber

    Hi, Potscrubbers should do the trick. Cheers,
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    Catch as Catch Can in Ketchikan

    One thing Texans hate to be reminded of is how much bigger the state of Alaska is than any other state. For almost 100 years Texas, the 25th US state was the biggest, and had the biggest of everything - including hats. That all changed in 1959 when Alaska became the 49th state - with almost 3X...
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    A Subset of Sublime Subtropic Sunsets

    I decided to take Dave Spencer's advice and to resume shooting even though things were hectic with work and moving. Luckily i didn't have to go any further than the backyard. Here's a sequence of sunsets over a few days. The violent storms that blow through here are a drag if one gets caught in...
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    How to! Create a link?

    Hi, Like this, please carefully note the subtle difference in syntax: Ugly, which appears like this:=> New corner tank | UK Aquatic Plant Society http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=3111 Pretty, which appears like this:=> New corner tank New corner tank To make it stand out you can...
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    A Little Ditty About Flash Exposure Compensation

    This is a follow on to our discussion about f-stops and exposure in this recent thread:=> viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2459 To recap about the definition of exposure, we'll remember that the "correct" exposure is one in which the combination of aperture size and shutter speed duration captures just the...
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    A New York Moment

    Having lived there for over a decade I don't really like the city, but it's great for shopping. In between credit card swipes I was able to snap a few frames. Uninitiated tourists visit Macy's and succumb to ADA level pricing. The intrepid shopper follows the yello brick road to the...
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    Blyxa Japonica Flowers Underwater

    A wise man once told me that Life is defined as: what happens to you when you are busy planning something else. So I was busy trying to determine why Blyxa Japonica turns bronze. Then, Life happened and it flowered underwater where everything I'd ever read said that this plant only flowers at...
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    Limnophila aromatica - The Rice Paddy Herb

    This amazing plant in it's emersed form was brought over to the USA by immigrants following the Vietnamese war (the Vietnamese call it the American war). This water plant, found throughout Southeast Asia often colonizes rice paddy fields and grows submersed when the fields are flooded. As a...
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    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS

    EI DOSING USING DRY SALTS The Economics of Dry Powders It never ceases to amaze me how many people react with trepidation to the thought of dosing their tanks with dry salts. For some reason they seem more comfortable spending megabucks on commercial products, which are composed of...
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    The Illusion of Color

    In one of my favorite movies, The Matrix, the protagonist "Neo" is plugged into a neural network and his mind is transported for the first time into a computer program. He then asks his mentor "Morpheus" whether what they were experiencing is real. Morpheus' response is "What is Real? Real is...
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    CO2 MEASUREMENT USING A DROP CHECKER

    CO2 application is the most finicky and ethereal component of all the things associated with a planted tank. In a high tech tank, it is arguably the most critical item and is the cause for more headaches than any other issue. This is because unlike solid powders or liquid drops, which typically...
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    Little Shop of Horrors - How EI frightened the gardener

    Hi, I'm not really a pond person but I moved into a house with a pond of about 1000 US gallons and it was a mess. Green water, green slime and huge quantities of what appeared to be hair algae infested the pond. The gardener, who had been "taking care" of this pond for a few years had...
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    Visibility of new posts and of shops

    Hi Admin, Moderators, Tech-guys, I was wondering if it would be possible to show a list of "New posts" on the front page. I find it a bit awkward to have to drill down into each section to find the new posts. It's not very difficult as the new post icon is fairly obvious...
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    Mosses from AquaticMagic

    Hi Guys, I've no experience with mosses, primarily because I've never really been impressed with the looks of java moss in the past. The AuquaticMagic ebay shop appears to have some very nice looking mosses which I've never seen before; star moss, taiwan moss, christmas moss etc...
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    Blacked Winged Hatchet

    Hi, Does anyoe have experience with the Blacked Winged Hatchet (Carnegiella marthae)? I'm having difficullty finding these as well as the Marble Hatchet. I believe that the collection is seasonal but all the shops I've visited only sell the Silver Hatchet. Cheers,
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    What to fill CO2 bubble counter with

    Hi, Apologies for suc a bone head question but the only other bubble counter I have ever owned was sealed and contained a clear glycerine liquid. I just recently purchased a gage/solenoid/bubble counter combination from Aquaticmagic and of course this cylibnder is empty. I guess I always...
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    PRO aqua PLANT FERTILIZER BAGS

    Hello, Have just recently moved to UK and discovered Greenline Aquatic Plants website from perusing other forums. I noticed that they offer this product for sale and evidently include samples when one orders some of their package deals. Does anyone have any experience with these bags or...
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