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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-14-2011, 11:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 763
Posted By bploeg
I went the same route, reef to planted.. and...

I went the same route, reef to planted.. and never looked back. I ended up switching my Reef Ready 120G to a standard 180G.
Depending on the type of tank you own you might be able to remove the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-23-2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,830
Posted By bploeg
^^^ Ecosphere! I had one of these a couple...

^^^

Ecosphere! I had one of these a couple of years ago on my desk. They are very neat!

A co-worker walked in... picked it up from my desk ...and shook it like a snowglobe!... I was...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-16-2010, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By bploeg
All depends on what you want to grow. There...

All depends on what you want to grow.

There are many beautiful tanks with play-sand as a substrate. You will need to dose the water column. My personal opinion is that a top quality substrate...
Forum: Tank Journals 05-14-2010, 01:55 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,191
Posted By bploeg
Great start, looks good!

Great start, looks good!
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-11-2010, 01:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 869
Posted By bploeg
Electric base-boards and no ac? In PA .. whoa...

Electric base-boards and no ac? In PA .. whoa man.. I am not sure that's such a great idea. I am not saying it is impossible but unless you have decent control over the temp in that room the tank is...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-10-2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 869
Posted By bploeg
Slab is good... that should do a good job of...

Slab is good... that should do a good job of spreading the load, you're good there.

If you're using a python type solution then you're good, only that basically means you will be using tap-water...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-10-2010, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 869
Posted By bploeg
I would say that rather than a single Eheim (or...

I would say that rather than a single Eheim (or any filter), you're better off with 2 units (redundancy). You will definitely need 2 Hydors as the largest they make is "only" 300W a single unit could...
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2010, 11:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 546
Posted By bploeg
You might have an air-leak of some sort, make...

You might have an air-leak of some sort, make sure that the little screw-top is on tight after you fill it with water, you also might try and prime the 2028 a couple of times, that will clear it.
...
Forum: Lighting 05-05-2010, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 974
Posted By bploeg
When looking at lighting depth of the tank is...

When looking at lighting depth of the tank is important. I believe the NanoCube tank itself is like 19" or so right? I run 150W + T5's on a tank that is 24" deep. I think the 150W would work just...
Forum: Equipment 04-28-2010, 01:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 573
Posted By bploeg
I use the RKL with 2 PC4 and SL and pH and temp...

I use the RKL with 2 PC4 and SL and pH and temp probe. I really like the set-up. They are software upgradable and generally seem to be reliable and working well. I control heaters, MH, HO bulbs, pH...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-27-2010, 01:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,245
Posted By bploeg
I won't look at it either :tongue: ... thousands...

I won't look at it either :tongue: ... thousands for my high tech 180G for sure... Although it is possible to have successful set-ups for relatively little, especially if you combine low-tech with a...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-25-2010, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,029
Posted By bploeg
What kind of lighting are we looking at here?...

What kind of lighting are we looking at here? With the 24" height you'll need some pretty decent lights to grow a glosso carpet in my experience..
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-25-2010, 01:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,235
Posted By bploeg
Inspiring! I love the look of this tank! Is...

Inspiring! I love the look of this tank!

Is this the same 1ft cube in your signature?

That powercord right next to the tank makes me nervous man! I KNOW I would make a mistake sooner or later...
Forum: Equipment 04-18-2010, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,230
Posted By bploeg
The Eheim 2080 is rated at 450gph the AquaMedic...

The Eheim 2080 is rated at 450gph the AquaMedic only 250gph. Assuming you have it installed on the output side (which is recommended) you are limiting flow. Couple of things I can think of
- split...
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2010, 12:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 859
Posted By bploeg
The 2026 is rated for up to 92 gallons, so it...

The 2026 is rated for up to 92 gallons, so it should be fine. Depending on Bio-load etc. You'll find that many of us like to over-size their filtration .. I personally use 2x 2028 (each rated for...
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2010, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 519
Posted By bploeg
I have no experience with this particular model...

I have no experience with this particular model either... but I considered it for the same reason (less stuff in my tank). In the end I went with the 'normal' Pro and added in-line Hydor heaters...
Forum: Fish 03-27-2010, 02:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By bploeg
RIP Congo Tetra... and lesson learned

I killed one of my favorite fish :(

I was draining water and one of my male Congo Tetras apparently thought the edge of my drain tube might be food... and woosh got sucked in to the tube and got...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-18-2010, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 530
Posted By bploeg
+2 on plants first.. Make sure you check...

+2 on plants first..

Make sure you check the Fluval Edge thread in the nano forum. Nice aquarium but very weak lighting in standard form for a planted tank. You'll need to mod the Edge lighting...
Forum: Lighting 02-14-2010, 06:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By bploeg
This has the 50/50 bulb half daylight half...

This has the 50/50 bulb half daylight half actinic. It is not appropriate for freshwater. Coralife makes a freshwater version, digging around the web you can find them...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,538
Posted By bploeg
I used Neptune in the past, now using RKL, both...

I used Neptune in the past, now using RKL, both are nice units and agree with macclellan. In the "FWIW" category reasons I went with RKL...
Display unit separate from base unit (all plugs etc are...
Forum: Lighting 02-11-2010, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 731
Posted By bploeg
You don't state what kind of lights these are, I...

You don't state what kind of lights these are, I assume they are PCs.
It is not just the length of the bulb that is a concern but also the wattage. The ballasts are specifically designed to drive a...
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2010, 01:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Posted By bploeg
According to the specs the 200W model can handle...

According to the specs the 200W model can handle 53G up to 14F difference to ambient temp and 48G to 18F difference. The 300W model handles 80G to 14F difference and 66G to 18G.

I use two 300W...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2010, 07:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Posted By bploeg
We'll the "what controller to buy" could start a...

We'll the "what controller to buy" could start a whole other flame war :)
I currently use the ReefKeefer Lite, it is technically a saltwater product, I simply don't use the Orp meter. I like to...
Forum: Equipment 02-10-2010, 04:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Posted By bploeg
When talking about in-line heaters I assume you...

When talking about in-line heaters I assume you mean the Hydor models, they make two different 200W models one has 1/2" fittings and the other 5/8" fittings most canister filters are 5/8" so make...
Forum: Lighting 02-06-2010, 01:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,399
Posted By bploeg
I am no expert in this area, but this article...

I am no expert in this area, but this article seems to do a nice job of explaining the basics.

http://www.sunmastergrowlamps.com/SunmLightandPlants.html

The term medium to high light isn't very...
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