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Forum: Tank Journals 10-31-2013, 04:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By p.lewis
59 gallon 3 tank system

The theme is to make the most of vertical space with a stepped multi-tank system and riparium planters out the top to extend the space even higher.

This is an educational experience for me in a...
Forum: DIY 10-30-2013, 04:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By p.lewis
Here's what I've been up to the past couple...

Here's what I've been up to the past couple months with this multi-tank stand (MTS... haha).

http://i.imgur.com/dJpSKpeh.jpg

Up top is a 20L grow-out tank of sorts for an Anubias coffeefolia...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-28-2013, 03:50 AM
Replies: 370
Views: 151,917
Posted By p.lewis
I found this ugly guy a little bit ago and I've...

I found this ugly guy a little bit ago and I've gleaned from this thread that it is a snail leech and it probably won't bother fish (likely deadly to snails).

I can second this observation found...
Forum: Plants 03-13-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By p.lewis
Species from the Lobelia genus

I've seen Lobelia Cardinalis used a lot. I have a bunch of them in my tank now. I've found Lobelia dortmanna discussed on this forum. What about other species? Specifically, does Lobelia erinus...
Forum: DIY 03-12-2013, 03:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By p.lewis
I updated the original post with a fresh picture...

I updated the original post with a fresh picture showing all the vertical members and diagonal bracing I added in the top back corners for some vastly improved racking strength.
Forum: DIY 03-05-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By p.lewis
You're right about the strength of plywood...

You're right about the strength of plywood depending on the orientation. In industrial plywood, each ply is about the same thickness. If and only if there are an odd number of plys, the outside face...
Forum: DIY 03-05-2013, 02:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By p.lewis
Yup, I'm not worried about the plywood because it...

Yup, I'm not worried about the plywood because it is only acting as a shear panel. It's equivalent to diagonal bracing, which mostly only adds strength against racking. I loved solid mechanics and...
Forum: Substrate 03-04-2013, 02:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,842
Posted By p.lewis
How about in the winter months... I imagine the...

How about in the winter months... I imagine the bacteria don't work well in the freezing weather. Is the only option to bake? This is relevant to me since I just picked up a frozen bag of dirt...
Forum: DIY 03-03-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By p.lewis
When I built my first cabinet (a lot nicer than...

When I built my first cabinet (a lot nicer than this one), I surveyed all the cabinets the LFSs had, and quickly came to the realization that it doesn't take much structure to make a stand that is...
Forum: DIY 03-03-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By p.lewis
Yea! I know what you guys mean! That extra...

Yea! I know what you guys mean!

That extra element was in my sketch, but I bought one 1x4 too few at the HD. Just for kicks, I did sit on top. I weigh about the same as a 20L full of water and...
Forum: DIY 03-03-2013, 07:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,659
Posted By p.lewis
DIY stand for a multi-tank setup (56k)

Here's a thread to share pictures of my cabinet build for a unique setup (I haven't seen it before, but I haven't looked that hard either). I built this whole thing using only a few tools that I...
Forum: DIY 01-22-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,099
Posted By p.lewis
Also, your fermentation will start quickly if you...

Also, your fermentation will start quickly if you re-use the yeast several times before completely clean out your reactor vessel. The first go-around, the yeast acclimates to the alcohol. When the...
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