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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-07-2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,943
Posted By quasi-starfish
Here's another idea for a sealant: ...

Here's another idea for a sealant:

http://www.ptscoshop.com/starbond_em02_cyanoacrylate_adhesive.htm

The low viscosity would allow it to get into every crevice. Application might be a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-06-2010, 12:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,943
Posted By quasi-starfish
Cool, an expert. Can you look at the following...

Cool, an expert. Can you look at the following pictures of the raku pieces in question? Can you guess the content of the glazes?

To me it doesn't look like there is a lot of glaze on these...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-05-2010, 07:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,943
Posted By quasi-starfish
I thought you couldn't make raku vases because...

I thought you couldn't make raku vases because the pottery is porous and they simply would not hold water.

On what time scale should raku break down? I've had the pieces in question in a bucket...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-05-2010, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,943
Posted By quasi-starfish
Well, part of the reason it is not recommended...

Well, part of the reason it is not recommended for eating and drinking is because raku is rather porous - it has to be because of the rapid changes in temperature that it undergoes during the firing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-05-2010, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,943
Posted By quasi-starfish
toxicity of raku pottery

So I have a couple of raku pottery pieces that I think might look kind of neat in the new 90 gallon. They are heads, so it would be kind of Easter Island meets Angkor Wat, maybe.

Anybody have any...
Forum: Plants 12-04-2010, 04:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By quasi-starfish
a good foreground crypt?

Any suggestions for a short crypt that could be used in the foreground? Anybody ever tried cryptocoryne parva?

Thanks
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-03-2010, 01:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 887
Posted By quasi-starfish
And here's an update for this tank - probably a...

And here's an update for this tank - probably a bit past its peak.
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Forum: Equipment 07-31-2010, 04:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,020
Posted By quasi-starfish
Sure, see below: These are principally...

Sure, see below:

These are principally catalyas - high-light orchids - I've got my phalaenopses and paphiopedia in a window.

Air circulation is an issue - gets pretty hot. But you can see...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2010, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,001
Posted By quasi-starfish
AGE (Acrylic & Glass Exhibits) tanks

Ok, so what I really wanted to know is, does anybody have any experience with AGE (Acrylic & Glass Exhibits) tanks. I've heard they are premium quality but expensive.

The one I am potentially...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,020
Posted By quasi-starfish
Not an option - they want the tank back for the...

Not an option - they want the tank back for the replacement.

I was thinking that if I kept it I'd use it as an orchidarium - I've got orchids growing in my old 58 gallon. They are doing really...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2010, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,020
Posted By quasi-starfish
Because I'm freaked out. A 120 gallon spill...

Because I'm freaked out. A 120 gallon spill would be very expensive to clean up. A friend had a blow out; he said it was several thousand $. Similar process as for any big water leak - gotta cut...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2010, 04:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,020
Posted By quasi-starfish
tank cracked - looking for a new tank

Ok, so I was doing the maintenance on the 120 Monday evening. I noticed a tiny apparent leak out of the front of the stand. I monitored it overnight - it only amounted to about a cup of water but...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 06-14-2010, 12:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,048
Posted By quasi-starfish
Arrow-shaped head implies planaria, most likely. ...

Arrow-shaped head implies planaria, most likely.

If they become a problem, as they have been in one of my tanks, you can use the dog-dewormer solution, described elsewhere in this forum.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-31-2010, 11:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By quasi-starfish
snail leaches eating a snail

Snail leaches eating a snail:

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Forum: Plants 01-01-2010, 10:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By quasi-starfish
Yes, I'm doing that now in my current tanks. But...

Yes, I'm doing that now in my current tanks. But that crypt balansae - it seems to grow preferentially along the glass or borders, and has actually pushed past the border in the 70 gallon. I guess...
Forum: Plants 01-01-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By quasi-starfish
planting idea

Had this idea - think it would work?

These days I am wrestling with having plants like crypt balansae
(especially), vallisneria, sagittaria and other plants that spread by
runners in my tank. ...
Forum: Equipment 11-26-2009, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,684
Posted By quasi-starfish
Interesting idea. what about clear PVC pipe...

Interesting idea. what about clear PVC pipe instead?

http://www.aquaticeco.com/subcategories/844/Clear-PVC-Pipe/PVC/0
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-22-2009, 10:56 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,783
Posted By quasi-starfish
I used to use buckets when I had the 58 gallon,...

I used to use buckets when I had the 58 gallon, but when I got the 120, I knew I had to do something else.

For draining: I have a hose on a little eheim pump that pumps the water into the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-03-2009, 12:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,417
Posted By quasi-starfish
I use the edging like you use in a garden to...

I use the edging like you use in a garden to divide e.g., the lawn from a bed (necessary around here where we have bermuda grass for our lawns - it is really invasive). I mean the black plastic...
Forum: Fish 10-29-2009, 12:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,466
Posted By quasi-starfish
I don't think I'll get them again after these go...

I don't think I'll get them again after these go to the great aquarium in the sky (hm - anybody know how long they live?).

In the mean time, here's a picture of my buds in the current from the...
Forum: Fish 10-27-2009, 12:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,466
Posted By quasi-starfish
From my experience, I really think they like to...

From my experience, I really think they like to be in groups.

For example, I have five of them. The two biggest (> 2.5 years old) were in the 58 gallon and the three smaller (< 1 year old) were...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 10-01-2009, 12:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,302
Posted By quasi-starfish
Twice - enough to make a fairly significant mess....

Twice - enough to make a fairly significant mess.

In my case, I drain the water into the shower. But first I fill some buckets to clean the sponges on the intakes and to rinse the filter media....
Forum: Fish 09-27-2009, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,446
Posted By quasi-starfish
Yes - I just saw another, so there are two! ...

Yes - I just saw another, so there are two!

Those glowlights are now more than 2 years old. They were in the hospital tank just after I tore down the 58 gallon and set up the 70 gallon in early...
Forum: Fish 09-27-2009, 04:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,446
Posted By quasi-starfish
baby tetra!

This morning I was feeding the fish in the 70 gallon and what do I see? A baby glowlight tetra!

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Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 09-20-2009, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By quasi-starfish
Thanks - I looked at it last night and it seems...

Thanks - I looked at it last night and it seems to be just what I needed.
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