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Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 01:19 AM
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It'll probably take a good while to grow in. In...

It'll probably take a good while to grow in. In the mean time I'll keep it humid with some plastic wrap and play around with rocks and driftwood.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 01:18 AM
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Views: 1,167
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Probably the last pic for a while as this grows...

Probably the last pic for a while as this grows in. The upper part of the rock is painted with a terrestrial moss smoothie, the lower with riccia. The three levels each have their own shallow pool....
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
The rocks are installed! They aren't quite as...

The rocks are installed! They aren't quite as accurate as I was hoping but it's my first foam rock scape. The 'rock' sits directly on the PVC uprights and the HMF but is otherwise unattached. The...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 12:57 AM
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Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Plenty of room for equipment behind the HMF! The...

Plenty of room for equipment behind the HMF! The pump that will power the waterfall is on an egg crate platform to keep it gunk free.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 12:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Here is the HMF installed. Sorry about the crappy...

Here is the HMF installed. Sorry about the crappy light and the iphone pics.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 12:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Here are the two sections of the Hamburger...

Here are the two sections of the Hamburger Mattenfilter being prepped for moss growing. I did the general recipe of a big handful of moss blended with a cup of buttermilk and some molasses. Paints...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 12:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Here's the working side of the RFUG. All the...

Here's the working side of the RFUG. All the pieces of PVC were just dry-fitted together. I've been told that should be sufficient for such a low-pressure application. Some of the pieces were...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Here is the first layer of Black Diamond blasting...

Here is the first layer of Black Diamond blasting sand with the RFUG filter return manifold over it. I intentionally designed the filter return to sit over a layer of blasting grit and substrate so I...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-09-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Finally gotten some more work done! Here is the...

Finally gotten some more work done! Here is the bottom, assembled from egg crate, PVC, and zip ties. A retaining wall made from corner guard will hold the sponge mattenfilter against the PVC...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-26-2014, 04:17 AM
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Posted By Method
I'd do several smaller tanks at different heights.

I'd do several smaller tanks at different heights.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-21-2014, 08:48 PM
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Posted By Method
I've kept ghost shrimp before and had the same...

I've kept ghost shrimp before and had the same pattern. Many die early but a few live for over a year. I've been told that it has more to do with the conditions they are kept in at the pet store...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-16-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 423
Posted By Method
What do you *want* from your planted tank? ...

What do you *want* from your planted tank?

If you use high light and CO2 you can get fast plant growth and keep some of the more demanding plant species. A lot of work though.

If you use low...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-13-2014, 01:26 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Method
Maybe put a little substrate in a container and...

Maybe put a little substrate in a container and grow them emersed under a light? Almost like the 'dry start method'. Can't be easier than that!
Forum: Tank Journals 03-03-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
The waterfall pump, heater, and canister input...

The waterfall pump, heater, and canister input and outflow will be hidden behind the mattenfilter. The reverse-flow undergravel filter will be... under the gravel. The canister itself fits nicely...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-22-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Haven't had as much time to work on this in the...

Haven't had as much time to work on this in the last couple weeks. I have made some progress in the last few days though! Here's a teaser IMG 6354 MOV - YouTube
Forum: Fish 02-18-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 500
Posted By Method
Love my Farlowella. He eats on the bottom, but...

Love my Farlowella. He eats on the bottom, but spends a lot of time hanging vertically from my driftwood.
Forum: Lighting 02-18-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By Method
One Par38 bulb with a nice shade. Here are three...

One Par38 bulb with a nice shade. Here are three of the ones I made. Each is a 9X2 W, 120 degree, 6500k, LED with an Ikea cord and an Ikea bowl. Hung from conduit. Total cost = $30

I put a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-15-2014, 02:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 415
Posted By Method
Welcome BonsaiGuy! If you keep your house...

Welcome BonsaiGuy!

If you keep your house around 70 degrees F, then the second heater probably has enough power. Of course some fish and plants are more tolerant of low temperatures than others. ...
Forum: DIY 02-14-2014, 10:50 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 79,821
Posted By Method
Just got mine done a few days ago. The lights...

Just got mine done a few days ago. The lights are PAR38 LEDs (9X2 W) with Ikea bowls for shades, hung from 1/2" electrical conduit. The shiny right side of the stand is a sheet of acrylic to keep my...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-06-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 936
Posted By Method
This. I agree that you should definitely go LOW...

This. I agree that you should definitely go LOW TECH and easy plants. Maybe a dirt tank with all rooted plants?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-06-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By Method
Do you use CO2? What is your water change...

Do you use CO2? What is your water change schedule/recipe? How old is the tank? We need more baseline info!
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 02-05-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 204
Posted By Method
Crickets are fine. Just don't let them stay in...

Crickets are fine. Just don't let them stay in the tank too long of they start to bother the gecko. Maybe feed just a few at a time and gut load the rest.
Forum: Tank Journals 02-05-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
Thank you. As with almost everything else I plan...

Thank you. As with almost everything else I plan to do, the lights weren't all my idea. I just combined a few ideas I'd seen others use.

This is a quick mock-up of what I plan to do for the...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 02-05-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Posted By Method
How to plant in drylok rocks

Hello all! I've been lurking on this part of the forum for some time learning about paludariums. I'm an aquatic plant/fish keeper who wants to take a walk on the dry side. ;)

I'm going to make a...
Forum: Tank Journals 02-03-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By Method
I hope not. We'll find out!

I hope not. We'll find out!
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