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Forum: Lighting Today, 02:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 130
Posted By DaveK
Replacing the bulbs would be fine, and keymastr...

Replacing the bulbs would be fine, and keymastr points out.

I would check pricing carefully though. Sometimes the cost of bulb replacement is almost as much as buying a whole new fixture.

I...
Forum: Lighting 08-31-2015, 10:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By DaveK
I suspect you have some maleware on your system,...

I suspect you have some maleware on your system, since the link goes directly to the site. Of course the problem could be on the host site also.
Forum: Lighting 08-31-2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By DaveK
That's as good a place to start as any. One nice...

That's as good a place to start as any. One nice thing about it is that you can easily fine ture the lighting. I think I would tend to use all the colors available, but possibly reduce some of them...
Forum: Lighting 08-31-2015, 01:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By DaveK
I just tried it again to be sure and had no...

I just tried it again to be sure and had no problems.
Perhaps you have something blocking the site?

Anyone else having an issue with the link?
Forum: Lighting 08-31-2015, 01:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By DaveK
The fixture your looking at is not very good. On...

The fixture your looking at is not very good. On the manufacturers own web page they state "Advanced LED Strip Lights are ideal for freshwater or saltwater aquariums and low intensity plants. " See...
Forum: Equipment 08-31-2015, 01:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 131
Posted By DaveK
UV can solve some problems fast. Good examples...

UV can solve some problems fast. Good examples are green water or bacteria blooms making the water cloudy.

UV is usually not very good at curing diseases. It can only kill what passes through the...
Forum: Algae 08-31-2015, 01:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By DaveK
No they are not the same. Silica is a...

No they are not the same. Silica is a "construction material" for diatoms, kind of like how calcium is the construction material for snail shells. Phosphate is the food for the diatoms.

As you...
Forum: Lighting 08-30-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By DaveK
Here is a general lighting article that explains...

Here is a general lighting article that explains this (offsite) - http://www.topbulb.com/color-rendering-index
Forum: Lighting 08-30-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 263
Posted By DaveK
If you already own that sort of LED lighting,...

If you already own that sort of LED lighting, there is no reason you can't use it over a planted tank, provided you can control most of the LED colors individually. It looks like the fixture you own...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-30-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By DaveK
What makes you think anyone is being rude? ...

What makes you think anyone is being rude?

Just about everyone here is offering suggestions of different ways to do something. No one is obligated to take the advice. Also, sometimes people ask...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-30-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By DaveK
No I don't. I just have been keeping fish a very...

No I don't. I just have been keeping fish a very long time, and over the course of many years, I have made almost every possible mistake.

Yes, few people realize how much water you need to change...
Forum: Aquascaping 08-30-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 224
Posted By DaveK
A 55 gal tank is only 12 inches front to bach and...

A 55 gal tank is only 12 inches front to bach and it's 4 feet long. This makes then somewhat difficult to aquascape.

Plants such as java fern are good candidates for putting on driftwood. Various...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-29-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By DaveK
You sure have used a lot of meds on the tank....

You sure have used a lot of meds on the tank. It's a bit tough here. Your going to need to make some choices here, and it may get your system into more trouble.

I would tend to treat with...
Forum: Lighting 08-29-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By DaveK
When you say "aesthetically-pleasing fixture", do...

When you say "aesthetically-pleasing fixture", do you mean what give the most pleasing light to the tank or do you mean what fixture looks the best from the stand point of room decor?

I would say...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-29-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By DaveK
I have only a 15 lb tank on my 90 gal planted...

I have only a 15 lb tank on my 90 gal planted tank, and it lasts me the better part of a year. Every setup is different, but you should easily get 6 months out of a 5 lb tank on a 17 gal tank.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-29-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By DaveK
Personally, I think that just about any...

Personally, I think that just about any medication that is effective will put live plants at risk. Also, many meds will kill off most of the bacteria, putting the tank back to an uncycled state....
Forum: Equipment 08-26-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 303
Posted By DaveK
I would tend to place the probes and the dosing...

I would tend to place the probes and the dosing connections on the return plumbing from your filter. The probes because you don't want them all gunked up from any big dirt sucked in and the dosing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-26-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By DaveK
While the risk would tend to be low, consider...

While the risk would tend to be low, consider that many medications that actually work will also be very hard on live plants. It's best to quarantine them. Of course if it's not going to be a planted...
Forum: Equipment 08-25-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 282
Posted By DaveK
One of the big advantages of Eheim is that you...

One of the big advantages of Eheim is that you can easily obtain just about any replacement part your need. Here is the page for the filter your looking at (offsite) - ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-25-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 352
Posted By DaveK
It is possible to salvage glass this way, but...

It is possible to salvage glass this way, but it's a lot of work, and doesn't really seem worth it for most applications, especially, on a smaller tank, when a new tank can often be found at the $1...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-23-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 497
Posted By DaveK
Mopani driftwood is unmistakable. It's extremely...

Mopani driftwood is unmistakable. It's extremely heavy and sinks in water. It also has extreme light and dark areas in the wood. It will also throw off a massive amount of tanins when new, so it...
Forum: Lighting 08-23-2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 627
Posted By DaveK
If you have a normal (non-ADA) 20 gal tank I...

If you have a normal (non-ADA) 20 gal tank I can't really see spending the additional money to get a lighting fixture that cost a lot more money just because it comes with ADAs name on it, and then...
Forum: Equipment 08-22-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 191
Posted By DaveK
About the only consideration is that a sump can...

About the only consideration is that a sump can cause some CO2 loss. This is easily corrected by increasing the amount of CO2 your using.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-21-2015, 12:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 447
Posted By DaveK
Once the fish get to recognize you as the food...

Once the fish get to recognize you as the food supply, they will flock to you. Until that time you are this big huge object that is likely to eat them, so they run.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-20-2015, 04:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By DaveK
It's quite possible to do this, and sure the...

It's quite possible to do this, and sure the plants will grow just fine.

However, the tank is going to look strange to the "non-believers" (non aquarium people).

I would add a few fish of one...
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