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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-12-2016, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 120
Posted By astex
I think I would go poret foam, fine mechanical, ...

I think I would go poret foam, fine mechanical, and then the biomax. Just make sure the coarsest poret foam is easy to take out and clean.
Forum: Substrate   02-08-2016, 07:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 194
Posted By astex
If you're not planning on any bottom dwelling...

If you're not planning on any bottom dwelling fish, you could go bare bottom, or slate tiles if you want some color. Really it just depends on what you like. I'd personally probably do about 1" -...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-15-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By astex
Low tech could definitely work, especially since...

Low tech could definitely work, especially since most methods rely on being patient and not fussing with the system all the time. Your preferred plant list would probably have to change, lower light...
Forum: Lighting   01-15-2016, 04:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By astex
My only concern with the finnex 24/7s is that it...

My only concern with the finnex 24/7s is that it seems that if I run 24/7 mode, there is no way to dim the light short of raising it up or adding something between the light and the tank. With only...
Forum: Lighting   01-14-2016, 11:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By astex
Options: 180 gal Low-med light tank

Question:
For the below described 180 (6x2x2) tank, Current Pro Plus lights or a single Photon 60-W. Concerned about covering the 2' dimensions and best option for the money.

Thanks!
Bridget...
Forum: Equipment   12-07-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 604
Posted By astex
Are you against a canopy? I've built a very...

Are you against a canopy? I've built a very basic one that is supported on each end. The top wouldn't have to be solid wood, but would need enough strips across to block a cat from falling in. ...
Forum: Lighting   12-02-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,011
Posted By astex
I'm looking at building a similar setup (4...

I'm looking at building a similar setup (4 Lumia's) so it will be interesting to see if you have everything on your list.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-24-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,460
Posted By astex
I'm fond of crypt balinese for low light tall...

I'm fond of crypt balinese for low light tall plants. Vals also work but I don't think they ever stop growing.
Forum: Fish   07-11-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By astex
You can also supplement with a gel food designed...

You can also supplement with a gel food designed for them as well. It's not ideal, but good for the months where you may not get enough sun to culture your own.
Forum: Plants   07-08-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 349
Posted By astex
Hornwort is great, and it's very easy to remove...

Hornwort is great, and it's very easy to remove later if you like. Any pond type floater generally works well also.
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium   07-08-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,633
Posted By astex
What is your substrate in the tank portion?

What is your substrate in the tank portion?
Forum: Equipment   07-07-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,515
Posted By astex
I've had both and recently had to replace my...

I've had both and recently had to replace my sunsun after it cracked and wouldn't stop leaking. While it worked it was quiet, easy to setup/start and after 4 years of use, for what I paid, I don't...
Forum: Substrate   06-04-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 838
Posted By astex
Sand far left, floracor red, lake gems on right ...

Sand far left, floracor red, lake gems on right

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=16849&pictureid=59681

Lake Gems, Floragems, Red
...
Forum: Substrate   06-04-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 72,990
Posted By astex
Lake Gems on the right, the Floracor Red on the...

Lake Gems on the right, the Floracor Red on the left

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=16849&pictureid=59641

Lake Gems on left, Flora Gems center, Floracor red on right
...
Forum: Equipment   10-23-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By astex
There are also glass tanks w/ PVC bottoms that...

There are also glass tanks w/ PVC bottoms that split the difference weight wise. I just bought a 180 and two guys were able to lift it up onto the stand for me. Obviously you have to buy from one...
Forum: Aquascaping   06-17-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 970
Posted By astex
I think the wood needs to be shifted over a bit...

I think the wood needs to be shifted over a bit to get it out of the corner and more at the golden ratio point of view. Other than that, I like the look.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   06-15-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 90,773
Posted By astex
My tank has glass tops, so I just cut another...

My tank has glass tops, so I just cut another piece of foam, put it on top of the filter foam and it smishes up against the glass. It's not pretty but it works. When I take down these tanks (temp...
Forum: Lighting   05-29-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 660
Posted By astex
So your original idea was 4 bulbs total,...

So your original idea was 4 bulbs total, staggered? Or was I missing where shorter/longer bulbs were available from AHS?

I'll look for the 6' bulbs, I don't remember seeing any in my searches...
Forum: Lighting   05-29-2013, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 660
Posted By astex
So the 12" at each end of the tank would still...

So the 12" at each end of the tank would still get enough light (4' bulb, 6' tank right?).

That would be easier than I was expecting, which would make me very happy. I underestimated the level...
Forum: Lighting   05-28-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 660
Posted By astex
Dream Tank Lighting Quandry

Hi all,

I'm finally getting my 180g "this is it" tank and am trying to figure out what to do with lighting.

Tank will be sand substrate with root tabs as needed. I tend towards low to mid...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-10-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 90,773
Posted By astex
Yeah, I bought the jet lifters for convenience,...

Yeah, I bought the jet lifters for convenience, but they really are just nice PVC (a bit thinner than your average PVC though). I think the key is that they turn and poke through the foam wall. I'm...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-10-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 90,773
Posted By astex
I have one on my 2-40B set up, the 19.5x19.5 and...

I have one on my 2-40B set up, the 19.5x19.5 and just run it off an air pump. So far so good. There is good mulm build up and the flow is surprisingly good across the top of the tank.

I think as...
Forum: Fish   04-19-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,007
Posted By astex
Have you ever checked your TDS levels? Big jumps...

Have you ever checked your TDS levels? Big jumps in those numbers can shock fish as well.
Forum: Fish   12-01-2011, 01:51 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,190
Posted By astex
Crab cuisine is still the favorite in all my...

Crab cuisine is still the favorite in all my tanks. I've had better luck getting the reluctant fish to try them by mixing it in a 1:3 ratio instead of the 1:2 listed on the package. Once I made...
Forum: Equipment   10-31-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,589
Posted By astex
Most heater ratings are based on raising the tank...

Most heater ratings are based on raising the tank temperature 10 degrees above room temp. I have the same problem in the winter when my house is 62 degrees. Google heater sizes aquariums or similar...
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