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Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-19-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 240
Posted By MChambers
I'd just throw them in. If they've been sitting...

I'd just throw them in. If they've been sitting dry, I can't imagine they would be harmful. If you boil them, you're going to remove tannins and other beneficial compounds.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-18-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By MChambers
Water conditioners typically reduce the oxygen in...

Water conditioners typically reduce the oxygen in the tank. A 3x dose is probably okay, but you should keep an eye on your fish to make certain that they do not exhibit signs of oxygen depletion. ...
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By MChambers
Canisters can be hidden, generally are quiet, and...

Canisters can be hidden, generally are quiet, and need less frequent cleaning than HOBs.

The Cobalt EXT filter is pretty short, so might work in your cabinet.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-13-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 289
Posted By MChambers
Yup

Sounds right. I did this calculation a few years back, using Ken's prices, and found that Safe cost about 1/10 as much as Prime. And Prime is a bargain compared to other products.

A friend...
Forum: Substrate 05-12-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,111
Posted By MChambers
I've used PFS for many types of corydoras,...

I've used PFS for many types of corydoras, without problem.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,796
Posted By MChambers
Yup

All good points. The use of a prefilter will also reduce the need to clean the canister, but you'll have to clean the prefilter.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-12-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 289
Posted By MChambers
Yup

+1, except that I don't premix Safe. I just put a 1/4 teaspoon into my 55 gallon before refilling. No need to premix, unless you're putting it in small tanks and need to measure very small amounts.
Forum: Equipment 05-12-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 174
Posted By MChambers
The Cobalt in-line pump can be run on the outside...

The Cobalt in-line pump can be run on the outside of an aquarium, so it should work.
Forum: Equipment 04-27-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 507
Posted By MChambers
I use the handheld infrared variety. You've got...

I use the handheld infrared variety. You've got to aim it at the tank and pull the trigger, but I think it's pretty accurate.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-26-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 163
Posted By MChambers
Slip a sponge prefilter over the intake.

Slip a sponge prefilter over the intake.
Forum: Equipment 04-26-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 436
Posted By MChambers
I just turn off the filter, pull off the...

I just turn off the filter, pull off the pre-filter, and squeeze it in a bucket of tank water. (I then use the water in my garden.) A little of the gunk will fall off into your tank, but I don't...
Forum: Equipment 04-24-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,493
Posted By MChambers
Noise

When I've had a noisy Eheim, it's usually the impeller, but sometimes I replace the shaft and bearings, too. Did you hear it when you swapped impellers?
Forum: Fish 04-21-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By MChambers
Barbs should work. I agree about the risk of...

Barbs should work. I agree about the risk of Kribs getting aggressive.
Forum: Photography 04-14-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 664
Posted By MChambers
I've used an Ollociip on my iPhone 4S. It's...

I've used an Ollociip on my iPhone 4S. It's great for close up of objects close to the glass, like eggs or shrimp. Can't speak for the iPhone 6 product, but I bet it's good.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-04-2015, 11:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 510
Posted By MChambers
I use sponge prefilters. You can take an...

I use sponge prefilters. You can take an Aquaclear sponge and cut an X in it and slip it over the filter intake.
Forum: Plants 04-04-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 751
Posted By MChambers
I've battled duckweed myself, and getting rid of...

I've battled duckweed myself, and getting rid of it is like getting rid of clover from your lawn. Keep dipping, remove all other floating plants, like the frogbit, and wash them off.

And then for...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 298
Posted By MChambers
I agreed it could be air caught in the filter. ...

I agreed it could be air caught in the filter. You also could have a clogged intake tube. I tend to find this happen where the hose meets the elbow piece. Have you tried back flushing the filter...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-26-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 306
Posted By MChambers
Yup

If you're in DC, this is a little unusual, I think. In the past, when DCWASA has switched to chlorine, it has done it for a shorter period of time. It really doesn't matter, however, as others have...
Forum: Algae 03-16-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 305
Posted By MChambers
Or dose it with hydrogen peroxide. Works much...

Or dose it with hydrogen peroxide. Works much like Excel.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-27-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By MChambers
I agree.

I agree.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-26-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 287
Posted By MChambers
You can do it. I bought some frozen from an...

You can do it. I bought some frozen from an Asian market, and dried them. I sometimes put them in my tanks. They do get slimy, so I wouldn't put in a lot.

Here's an article on their benefits:
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Forum: Equipment 02-22-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By MChambers
I'd be tempted to go with the 2236, but a 2234...

I'd be tempted to go with the 2236, but a 2234 should be adequate. (Like others, I prefer the Classic line, but the Eccos are okay.)
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By MChambers
For what it's worth, in my experience the Classic...

For what it's worth, in my experience the Classic series has better flow than the Ecco series. The Eccos seem to get clogged more easily.

Interestingly, you are only supposed to use certain spray...
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By MChambers
I've used a pump on an Eheim 2015 (similar to a...

I've used a pump on an Eheim 2015 (similar to a 2215). I took out the impeller and just use the external pump, on the input, to drive the water. Works great.

I'd be careful about using the pump...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By MChambers
Cobalt EXT would be good.

Cobalt EXT would be good.
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