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Forum: Equipment 02-07-2013, 04:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,715
Posted By Landau
One quiet trick

My Fluval 205 was a bit noisy, not due to the filter directly but due to a resonance in the wall and stand floor.

I have an inline heater and some stiffer than standard tubing to it. This was...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By Landau
You want the probe in the tank some distance from...

You want the probe in the tank some distance from the CO2 reactor. That way it is reading more or less what the average tank PH is.

If it was inside the reactor, when the CO2 switched on the high...
Forum: Equipment 01-26-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By Landau
Digital Aquatics Reef Keeper light

This does more than you are looking for and may be above your budget but I love mine.

For ~ $120 it will control 4 power ports - all independently timed and monitor your temperature. I have mine...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-24-2013, 02:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 324
Posted By Landau
Tetra laborett

Has wide range ph, KH, GH, Ammonia and Nitrite.

I used to manage a pool and compared the readings against our professional Pool Test Kits and meters - the Tetra readings were exact matches.
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Forum: Equipment 05-08-2011, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 351
Posted By Landau
This was tricky on mine, but works great once I...

This was tricky on mine, but works great once I got it set up. I'll do a little research to remember how I did it and post the method.
Forum: Equipment 04-03-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By Landau
The fact that something is made in China does not...

The fact that something is made in China does not have a lot of bearing on quality. I love the line from the OP "You could be the Apple." Most, if not all Aple products are made in China.

My...
Forum: Equipment 04-03-2011, 05:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 607
Posted By Landau
Calibratng either way 7 & 10 or 4 & 7 will yeild...

Calibratng either way 7 & 10 or 4 & 7 will yeild fairly accurate results when the pH is close to 7. If your tank is usually a lot above 7 go with 7 & 10, if it is usually a lot below 7 go with 4 & 7....
Forum: Equipment 03-22-2011, 05:52 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 45,006
Posted By Landau
There is a general Fluval pimp club thread...

There is a general Fluval pimp club thread already, but maybe you G3/G6 types don't want to associate with us :-)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-22-2011, 05:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 673
Posted By Landau
I like the Tetra Laborett Has ph, ammonia,...

I like the Tetra Laborett

Has ph, ammonia, nitrite, GH and KH all for about $20 US.

You can purchase the Tetra Nitrate test seperately.

Many other Forum members like the API test kits.
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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-20-2011, 05:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,183
Posted By Landau
For these types of tests I find a bright light...

For these types of tests I find a bright light behind me (or a bright window) and holding up the tube in front of a white sheet of paper makes it much easier to read for the first few drops. After...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-20-2011, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Landau
OK A little explanation first. KH =...

OK A little explanation first.

KH = Carbonate harness, raising it usually raises pH as well. Also KH tends to buffer PH swings, so PH won't vary as much at a higher KH. An easy way to raise KH...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-19-2011, 02:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Landau
This means you have very soft water. Here in...

This means you have very soft water. Here in Vancouver both tests would go to the final colour on the first drop as we have extremely soft water.

In the middle of the praries the water is much...
Forum: Equipment 03-15-2011, 05:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,079
Posted By Landau
I don't think there is anything to worry about....

I don't think there is anything to worry about. It won't affect its ability as a regulator at all.

For the working pressure (the 0-10 kg/cm2 one) you don't really care if it is set to 30psi or 31...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-14-2011, 01:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By Landau
Here in Greater Vancouver the KH of our tap water...

Here in Greater Vancouver the KH of our tap water is about 5 parts per million or 0.3 dKH, with a similar value for GH.

I add a smalll amount of Nutrafin KH booster and Seachem Equilibrium (A GH...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-13-2011, 07:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,488
Posted By Landau
The Fluval 303 hasn't been made for several years...

The Fluval 303 hasn't been made for several years so it must be pretty old. You may need to replace the O-ring on it. I'd set it up and test for leaks for a day or so.

It also might be a bit...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-13-2011, 07:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,632
Posted By Landau
Fluval 205 Cannister filter. My previous filter...

Fluval 205 Cannister filter. My previous filter was a Tetra Tec 150 that was very noisy and needed media cartriges. If set up as per directions the Tera soounded like a small toilet flushing every...
Forum: Lighting 03-09-2011, 05:48 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,745
Posted By Landau
I found these tables on Hagen's site for thie t8...

I found these tables on Hagen's site for thie t8 and t5ho bulbs. They at least let you compare their bulbs to each other. Notice the Difference in output between the Life-GLo and Flora-Glo.

T8...
Forum: Equipment 03-08-2011, 05:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By Landau
Hoppy posted a thread in the Fert & Water...

Hoppy posted a thread in the Fert & Water parameted section where he had a similar issue with old PH Reagent - it swiched colour once then stayed the same in his drop checker. His reagent was dated a...
Forum: Equipment 03-08-2011, 05:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,314
Posted By Landau
I've found the end of the spool of clear tubing...

I've found the end of the spool of clear tubing flattened like you describe and near impossible to get back to the round shape.

But if you can get them to pull out a new spool (or try the nearest...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-08-2011, 05:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By Landau
Depends what plants. I've put some large Swords...

Depends what plants. I've put some large Swords right next to the intake and they were fine. Less sturdy plants I haven't tried close to the intake, but in any case a couple of inches should be fine...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-08-2011, 05:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 824
Posted By Landau
No need to apologize for the Camera phone shots....

No need to apologize for the Camera phone shots. That first shot of the Oto is great!
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-04-2011, 02:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By Landau
Interesting. The reagent might have still been OK...

Interesting. The reagent might have still been OK for regular pH tests where it is used to take one reading then tossed, but no longer good for a drop checker.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-04-2011, 02:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Landau
Yes. It has the basics to get you started. ...

Yes. It has the basics to get you started.

Many posters here don't test at all and have great looking tanks but I like to check every couple of weeks or more often when I start a new tank.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-02-2011, 05:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By Landau
I replace mine at least every two years. I tend...

I replace mine at least every two years. I tend to run of of at least one reagent by ten and jsut get a whole new kit.

I once tried comparing an old bottle of phenol red (PH test fluid with a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-02-2011, 05:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By Landau
With 1 ppm of free chlorine I'm pretty sure our...

With 1 ppm of free chlorine I'm pretty sure our pool filter didn't build up much bacteria to start the cycle :-) The health inspectiors would also come round every now and then to take samples and...
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