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Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 01/07/2008, 10:18 AM
Replies: 49
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Posted By Plantbrain
Fe will help and I'd suggest it. Darker greens,...

Fe will help and I'd suggest it. Darker greens, faster growth after 1-3 weeks with good nutrients.

The saving grace for Cheato is that it can tolerant a wide range of conditions and still live and...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 01/07/2008, 10:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 28,197
Posted By Plantbrain
Yes, perhaps. I think ideally, you'd have...

Yes, perhaps.

I think ideally, you'd have the fuge 1st, then post skimmer.

Good current, microbubbles in the fuge is still great though.
So having a wet/dry or a Berlin with a filter sock 1st,...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/30/2007, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,274
Posted By Plantbrain
BGA here is not caused by excess NO3/PO4. ...

BGA here is not caused by excess NO3/PO4.

It's a new tank lacking NO3, assuming the test kit is correct.
You can change the water 2x a week 50% and still have BGA........

and 0ppm NO3............
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/30/2007, 11:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 28,197
Posted By Plantbrain
Yep, this is certainly true, more flow=> less...

Yep, this is certainly true, more flow=> less boundary layers and you should get better growth (well, up to point).
Aeration breaks up the boundary layers and adds CO2 for the weed to grow.

The...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/30/2007, 12:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 962
Posted By Plantbrain
another vote for Udotea here as well, it does not...

another vote for Udotea here as well, it does not have to be hard feeling to the touch etc, it can be fairly soft, and it does spread via runners.

No clue what will eat it.

Regards,
Tom Barr
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/28/2007, 05:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 28,197
Posted By Plantbrain
I think based on your system, and your past...

I think based on your system, and your past comments with cyano and others, that the Chateo is really NO3 limited..........removing more PO4 is not going resolve it either.

Just leave it alone,...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/18/2007, 11:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,179
Posted By Plantbrain
Do you have a reference for it being Codium? ...

Do you have a reference for it being Codium?
Looks like no Codium gepporium I've ever seen.
It does look very much like a number of Dictyotas...........

Here's a pic of the Codium you listed:...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/18/2007, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By Plantbrain
Lamotte is pretty good and a good trade off fer...

Lamotte is pretty good and a good trade off fer the $.
Still, use reference standards, here's how to make them for PO4 and NO3:

"How to Make NO3 and PO4 Reference Solutions

Here's a way to...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/15/2007, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By Plantbrain
I'd try a better test kit than a cheapy. Also,...

I'd try a better test kit than a cheapy.
Also, use known standard reference solutions to check if the test kit is accurate, this is what we and every researcher does at the lab..........we calibrate...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/14/2007, 11:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By Plantbrain
I'd try bottoming out the NO3 for a couple of...

I'd try bottoming out the NO3 for a couple of weeks, macros seem not to like that.

It might affect the other tank inhabitants.
I think you'll have some issues trying to use another macro.

It's...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/13/2007, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By Plantbrain
All BGA's are gram positive related....so it...

All BGA's are gram positive related....so it should work for all of them.
The gas under the sediment is often CO2...........not N2.........organic matter=> aerobic respiration => CO2.............and...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/11/2007, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By Plantbrain
Cyano is a gram positive bacteria, so most of the...

Cyano is a gram positive bacteria, so most of the red slime removers are simply.....anitbioitics like EM(Erythromycin ) etc which does little harm to filter bacteria.

Skimmers etc will remove EM,...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/11/2007, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By Plantbrain
Refer to Littler and Littler(2000) for a...

Refer to Littler and Littler(2000) for a reference to the morphology for the tips and branchlets.

I've cultivated all the species on these listings. There is distinct morphological differences and...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/10/2007, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By Plantbrain
As stated, it grows well in nutrient poor...

As stated, it grows well in nutrient poor systems, and I'd say systems where the waste that is generated in mostly organic based.

I have no issues with this or any cyano, but then again, I run...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/10/2007, 10:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By Plantbrain
It might be hard to tell if it is really not C...

It might be hard to tell if it is really not C mexicana, the tip should alert you which is which.
You can pick it off fairly easily.

Regards,
Tom Barr
Forum: New to the Hobby 12/06/2007, 12:00 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,489
Posted By Plantbrain
You folks might find some comments about NO3,...

You folks might find some comments about NO3, Organic N and PO4 in the macro algae forum useful.

I use algae as bioindicators of system health and parameters.
And yes, good macro growth = less...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/06/2007, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 853
Posted By Plantbrain
You might want to consider some of the past...

You might want to consider some of the past threads here on the topic.
You likely already have:)

Anyway, SeaChem PO4 is nothing but KH2PO4 in water............


Mixing Dry Chemicals for...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/06/2007, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,179
Posted By Plantbrain
Looks like Dictyota to me.........I just picked...

Looks like Dictyota to me.........I just picked it clean and toothbrushed it.

I used it for a macro algae tank, but like most weeds, control is labor intensive.

Generally, reducing NO3 can help...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 12/02/2007, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 786
Posted By Plantbrain
No, the upwelling is pretty rich here, the kelps...

No, the upwelling is pretty rich here, the kelps grow at amazing rates, 300ft per year.

I'd say current and reef crest type flows are best(at least 2x a day), along with a good Chiller and bright...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 11/29/2007, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 786
Posted By Plantbrain
Here's some more pics about a month later and a...

Here's some more pics about a month later and a few more miles south.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/seagrassandredalgae2.jpg
...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 11/26/2007, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 786
Posted By Plantbrain
Well, it depends on the time of the year, I go to...

Well, it depends on the time of the year, I go to the low tide rocks pretty much monthly to do surveys for species.

So I have pictures all up and down the coast from Santa Barbara north to Del...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 11/25/2007, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 786
Posted By Plantbrain
This is where I was besides hiking in the...

This is where I was besides hiking in the redwoods:

About a 15ft wave:
http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u312/plantbrain/resizedwave1124.jpg

Did not even see those sea lions behind me as I...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 11/25/2007, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 786
Posted By Plantbrain
Cold water(58F) macro pictures

Hi, here are some tidepools near by, the algae changes seasonally, about 15 ft waves today.

Nice reds, typical dominate in the winter as is the case in tropical systems(Caribbean).
...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 11/21/2007, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 358
Posted By Plantbrain
Let me ask you a question, if the macros where...

Let me ask you a question, if the macros where not doing well in the fuge, would you expect the NO3 to go up or down?

also, if the macro's where not doing well in the fuge, not cleans ans fluffed...
Forum: Marine Plants & Macroalgae 11/20/2007, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By Plantbrain
I like about 4-5 w/gal of PC's at 30-40cm depth. ...

I like about 4-5 w/gal of PC's at 30-40cm depth.
Having more is fine also.

Many get away with less, 2w/gal etc.
Depends on the species, want you want, the total biomass used, and also on the...
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