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 on: Today at 01:37:21 PM 
Started by sippingtowel - Last post by Kalinkacat
Going with the question of a 20 gallon tank, how long would the co2 in a:

5 lb tank
10 lb tank
15 lb tank
20 lb tank

last?  I think it would depend also on light, diffusion, circulation etc. but is there a ballpark figure i.e.-one month etc.


 on: Today at 12:43:37 PM 
Started by OVAS-News - Last post by sidarnold
Yup - I placed an order for Black Pinto, Black Zebra Pinto, Extreme Blue Bolts, Red Zebra Pinto, Red Panda and Shadow Pandas. They will all be part of a breeding project for the next year.

 on: Today at 11:59:50 AM 
Started by sippingtowel - Last post by charlie
Not intended to be disrespectful or negative in any way.
I would suggest if you can come out on Sunday ( see thread " Montreal is coming"), this will give you the opportunity to see some set ups and talk to other hobbyist one on one, you will be surprised how much better it than on line forums.
Alternatively , i would be happy to talk to you in person or by phone.
We all were where you are in this hobby, so don`t be shy - learn from our mistakes and experience  Wink

 on: Today at 11:40:24 AM 
Started by sippingtowel - Last post by Gilbotron
Wrong Gilbotron... I've never used Equilibrium.

I use baking soda for Calcium and to stabilize my pH (by increasing kH).  For some reason I have very little carbonates in my water so pH continuously drops (from 7.2 to 6 within a week) if I don't buffer it.

 on: Today at 10:57:09 AM 
Started by sippingtowel - Last post by wolfiewill
I just picked up on this post and have several comments.

City of Ottawa water has enough magnesium and calcium if you are doing EI and frequent water changes.

Potassium nitrate and mono-Potassium phosphate are the macros required and I have bulk quantities of both.

I agree with Gilbotron's method and use Equilibrium to top up calcium and the GH since I don't do water changes very often (I use the PPS method). Epsom salts is magnesium sulphate and is the best source of magnesium if you really need that, and I have never had to dose it.

 on: Today at 10:10:09 AM 
Started by sippingtowel - Last post by Gilbotron
No such thing as liquid CO2.  If you mean Excel or similar, its not a replacement for CO2 injection.  I used it for over a year - its very expensive in the long run and the net effect was minor (I've run comparisons with side-by-side tanks). 

It won't allow you to do more advanced plants, bright red plants or tight carpets that true CO2 will allow (I tried many times!), although it does allow you to run your lights slightly brighter or longer.  It will increase your growth rate a bit, and will help with some deficiencies and keep plants a little healthier (leaves won't decay and fall off as easy which in my case was good with my bigger fish that made my long stem plants leggy if plants weren't really healthy).  If I had to put a number to it I'd say it gives a 5-10% boost if dosing daily and it works great for algae.

Its a great product but don't think its a simple way to get high CO2 levels without injection.  I had much better results with dirt substrate, but I had the best results when I figured out the right plants to to use!  If you need some suggestions for good low tech/easy plants to start with PM me anytime.

 on: Today at 10:02:31 AM 
Started by sippingtowel - Last post by Rex
Three macros technically as there is enough potassium in both of those to cover that. Shipping I believe was around $20 but I opted for the fastest shipping as I had live plants in the order. Cheaper shipping was around 13 I think.

As for magnesium I get that from dosing seachem equalibrium (dosed once a week after water change to raise GH). If you notice deficiencies and require magnesium dosing, apparently epsom salts do the trick. Otherwise the EI dosing doesn't call for added magnesium. I use the calculator here for my dosing:

 on: Today at 10:00:09 AM 
Started by charlie - Last post by matttimms49
Just PM'd you.

I just realised that I am going to be without a car for this weekend. Is there any chance of a carpool with anyone or I may be able to meet you at critter jungle. I live close to the Carling one.


 on: Today at 09:02:59 AM 
Started by Jody - Last post by charlie
Just a few more days until election time.
Had a great chance to discuss ideas with Sid, Andre and Peter, as well as some members of other clubs. I think next season has great potential and I am looking forward to it.
Keep thinking about how you can help out the club, and if you are interested feel free to volunteer.


I`m now officially throwing my dusty hat into the mix for President, others interested should do so too.
Thought this may be appropriate, although it may be a bit dated in some areas.

 on: Today at 08:53:18 AM 
Started by charlie - Last post by charlie
Thanks for the support Jody, it`s appreciated.

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