i would imagine that most ppl on here will tell you the lighting is too high to be running without the aid of co2.
what is the lighting cycle on for?
possibly remove the reflectors and add some floating plants to cut down the amount of light getting into the tank.
water changes in a non co2...
how is he mocking you???!
and yes you can argue they are not expensive, i have a 2nd hand regulator and a fire extinguisher. Â£40 total plus a bit extra for diffuser and tubing.
don't bother with a filter either they are sometimes pretty expensive and hardly can be said to be pretty! :crazy...
look at the flow.
if you are sure the co2 and nutes are at the level required by the given lighting, then flow is all that is left to cause issues.
have you tried measuring co2 levels in different parts of the tank?
the richer sounds shop in bristol has a demo set up with ipod dock and cambridge kit.
if you want a decent quality sound at the very best price this would be the route to go down.
and i concur with the other guys, just stereo for music, more speakers for films.
bought this little 8L nano today, bit of an impulse buy really....... :oops:
picked up a perfect bit of bogwood with the tank.
the plants blxya, anubias nana and frogbit were borrowed from my other tank.
i'm going to use easy carbo and fert using pre mixed dry ferts i have all ready...
so you are still adding ammonia???? maybe thats why its showing on a test kit?
i think its probably good for the plants rather than bad, some ppl add a form of it as a fert.
but is one trigger for algae in a tank. so why add it?
plant heavily add fish early.
could it be that the test is not giving you accurate results?
if there is anything leaching ammonia will the bacteria colony multiply very quickly to deal with extra small amounts?
when you first put the fish in the ammonia levels will rise at some point chances of you measuring this at the...
i dont really agree with this.
suggesting ppl get ridiculed here for using differing methods is a little over the top i feel.
while some are strong in their convictions and wish to try and educate others and dispel some of the myths, it's not a case of ppl pushing one method only.
i can kinda understand me getting kicked as my last post was slightly antagonistic and arguementative.
But i am slightly surprised at you two guys getting banned.
Especially arron, your posts were not really argumentative and were totally respectfull.
i've given up on that forum!
this is what i've done for twenty years and i'm not open to new ideas, techniques or research
the same guy still says nitrates cause algae!
who ya gonna believe mitch! ;0)
how can ppl who have constantly tried to keep nitrates and phosphates low (and still get algae) say high levels cause algae?
these ppl that still believe NO3 and PO4 cause algae will have tried dosing extra to test this out?
obviously not, otherwise they would then know it to be not true and not...
no, there is very little difference, the reg still has to be screwed on and off in the same manor.
not sure if you will get the "proper" bottle filled up at many fire extinguisher places, altho the place i use to recharge my FE's also fills up the local fish shops CO2 bottles, who then triple...
strangely enough thats what my other half says! :0/
i've only used easy carbo, other than that i've pretty much used powders to mix my own from the outset of this tank.
two of this sites sponsors are the best places to go i guess.
personally i've not used fluidsensoronline, but have used AE a...
it can be daunting to begin with.
of course its not written in stone as an exact routine to follow.
if you feel your tap water is high in nitrates and you do a 50% weekly water change then you could try skipping the KNO3 (potassium nitrate) all together and add K2SO4 (potassium sulphate)to get...
i have bought one daylight bulb.
i was planning it as a low tech so dont really want to run both lights, i noticed if one is unplugged from the power supply the fans stop.
so is there any way to have the fans on with one tube or is it ok to run one tube without the fans?
i'm interested to see how this pans out!
i have the same tank in my garage waiting to be set up. :0)
many ppl with high tech set up use EI as a fert regime.
floraboost has no nitrates and phosphates from what i can see so on its own it wouldnt be enough.
thanks guys. :0)
i agree totally.
currently i'm still trying different plants and learning to get the best out of them etc.
i'm slowly building myself up to doing a more of a "scape"
it seems i can grow plants and keep it all pretty algae free, that seems to be the easy part tho! ;0)
for my 240l
i have a 100 litre water butt in my garage filled day before W/C with a power head and heater in it.
i syphon the water straight to outside drain and use a pump on a hand drill to pump water from butt to tank.
i'm sure some ppl will use them as "normal" with no problems. I guess it depends partly on the lighting, the higher it is, the more critical co2 levels become.
If you do use it on a timer. Have it come on a couple of hours before the lights and off a couple of hours before lights off.
yeah, set the controller to the desired ph, not the ph the tank is at.
a drop of 1 ph from the tank ph is a rough guide line.
i personally would just use the controller as a safety cut off rather than to actually "control" the CO2
mine is on a timer so it comes on 2.5 hours before the lights...
that is just micros/traces, you will also need to add macros. nitrate, phosphate and potassium (N P K)
https://www.btowstore.com/epages/BT2928 ... 100-PP-100
https://www.btowstore.com/epages/BT2928 ... 100-PN-100
if you dont want to mess about mixing and adding separate powders then just...
see what others suggest about korolia v's new filter, obviously new filter equals more cash but less junk in tank.
just noticed yer ferts are added daily not every other day.
i was originally using another calculator, having GSA problems, switched to calc below and found i was not dosing enough...
recommended flow on this forum is 10 times tank volume, so you are under on that, this in itself can cause bad CO2 levels in places and deficiencies/algae. its not just about flow rates tho, its also about distribution and this becomes more difficult in a larger tank.
starting the co2 at...
what is a gravel tidy?
dont get to carried away with the lighting at start up, certainly not a good idea to use any more than 2 of your tubes at the beginning. getting the CO2 levels and flow right are far more important, with this in mind its probably better to wait a little while before you...
never used easy carbo so not sure if people stay to the recommended dose as you are of if they up "overdose" slightly....
altho have read some say that "liquid carbon" can harm vallis so over dosing probably not a good idea
the fert you are adding has no phosphate or nitrate in it, this is...
even the "dennerlle guide to fascinating aquariums" recommends a lighting break, they do say algae cant adjust as well and it doesnt harm the plants as it simulates a tropical thunder storm or something other similar twaddle.
i think the reason it benefits tho, is because they also recommend...
lovely tank dude.
could maybe do with some plants in the middle to soften the transition between the carpet and the stems. altho this is just my humble opinion! ;0)
using the canister filter, i believe some do feed co2 into the inlet of canister filters, but personally i wouldn't the seals of...
yeah thats correct.
i believe its used primarily by marine aquarium keepers. it obviously "could" have a place in non planted tanks too.
i guess its being used in this case as discuss are more "sensitive" altho i kinda thought nitrates not the phosphates would be the thing to be nervous about.
yeah, thats a lot of light, even if you had co2 it'd still be a lot.
try running 2 of the lights for 8 hours would be a good start.
also ditch the rowaphos! running out of any nutrient is not a good thing in a planted tank!
seems like a good place to start researching...
link not work!
thats a bold claim to make!
so all the ppl who dont get GDA just happen to have randomly got their Po4 and Ca balance correct, considering many ppls only source of Ca would be what ever is in the tap water therefore not controlled in the slightest, this seems very unlikely to me.
there are many other options for substrate other than just root tabs or soil. look into the different types of substrate you can get.
and i would say not "perhaps" but "definitely" add ferts. you really don't want to try and keep the "dosing below the recommended levels".
why are you worried...
i learnt to live with the noise! :0)
removing the middle tray of media did help a little, (i run two filters so not a worry) also make sure the pipes coming from the top of the filter are not kinked over at all further restricting flow.
i did also think about fitting a defuser in...
i'd say you have a leak! That or yer getting ripped off on the refilling.
I have a 240 running pretty high lightin so need to inject at a pretty high rate too.
Or i guess you could have massive surface movement? :-/
A 2kg fe lasts 2 months for me.
Re: "Novus Aevum" - 14ltr (DSLR Photos! 05/09/09)
got a link to that calculator please clark?
i dont get your figures above, going by the recommendations on AE for the ferts, the ratio of kNO3:KH2PO4 is nearly 6:1 not 2:1 as you are doing?
also the MgSO4 according to AE should work out as...
Re: Skinz180189's 40L Planted Breeder
running an airstone would not be a problem. Surface disturbance would have no effect on liquid carbon.
There are plenty of ppl on here saying vallis does not like the liquid carbon tho.
it could be just the posting and moving.
or it'll be co2 levels, i ran pressurized co2 pretty high levels.
the light in my tank was
a 30 something watt t8 on for 10 hours,
2x54w t5 for 8 hours
an "midday burst" of another 2x 54w t5
so it was pretty high!!
hopefully they will just melt a...
got a photo?
i have both in my tank, not pruned the stellatus yet tho, guessing its the same as the limno.
just cut it off where you require and replant the tops the bases will also send out more shoots
you could introduce some floating plants? this will have the effect off lowering the intensity of the lighting into tha tank.
also plants the grow upto and along the surface will do the same.
or you could use some card or similar on the perspex part of the underneath of the lighting unit to...
oh yeah, just remembered.
they have a large juwel vision at my lfs (aqua jardin, near gloucester) it has 5xt5 running 10 hours a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the hygro just stays low and grows along the substrate, looks gorgeous!
as does the rest of the tank!
Re: 60L kitchen tank
stunning tank dude!
love the way all the plants seem to compliment each other and with possibly the exception of the moss on the left (in my very humble opinion) nothing looks out of place.
i'm not too up on the water chemestry side of things but i'm pretty sure you will get told in this forum that those figures are perfectly fine.
no need to worry or to mess about adding things to alter that!
also its a good idea to try the drop checker in different places around the tank, good...
well thats a lot of light for quite a long time!
thats the equivalent of more than 3w/gal as its t5. i would maybe lower the photo period to 8 hours.
i guess if the tank is rammed with fast growers you may be running out of nutrients....
you dont mention what the filter/flow is, this seems to...
i looked into these when i first set my 240l up.
read a fair bit about them shrinking or coming unstuck, also they are pretty big and will take up a lot a space in the tank and would be a nightmare to clean should you get any algae in the tank!
i'm really glad i didn't bother, i also wish i...
actually i just found a tiny amount of remains in the one small patch of plants i didn't move!
so 40 cardinals, some chain loaches and a couple of young angels can indeed munch thro a smallish plec in a few days! :0(
well, at least i'm sure i didn't gas him!
could a 3-4 inch plec die and get TOTALLY consumed by tank makes within a week?
i would think it unlikely but the only other option is he jumped out and that is surely far more unlikely.
last time i saw him was a week ago yesterday when i ran out of co2, had no co2 until wednesday so lights had...