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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-11-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 988
Posted By BlueRam
My recommendation concerning your sump design is...

My recommendation concerning your sump design is to base it on the needs of freshwater unless your goal is to eventually turn this into salt.

The main difference between fresh and salt water is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-10-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 988
Posted By BlueRam
I have not taken the time to look at your...

I have not taken the time to look at your proposed stocking plans FishStix so please post a link if you are able.

IMHO a freshwater sump serves a different purpose than the elements of the salt...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-10-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 988
Posted By BlueRam
Hi FishStix I took some time off to do a...

Hi FishStix

I took some time off to do a reef aquarium so I have not frequented TPT in a while.

From your designs it looks like you are using the most recent principles for saltwater sumps...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 04-21-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,226
Posted By BlueRam
As a refugee from the Seattle job market I would...

As a refugee from the Seattle job market I would like to welcome you to Tucson.

I have kept and flowered emersed crypts. I look forward to your expertise in the area.
Forum: Equipment 05-04-2008, 03:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,614
Posted By BlueRam
This report (Effective Jan 1, 2007) details: ...

This report (Effective Jan 1, 2007) details:
http://hazmat.dot.gov/regs/rules/final/71fr/71fr-51122.htm

* "North American manufacturers discontinued using aluminum alloy 6351-T6
prior to 1990,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-24-2008, 04:37 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,451
Posted By BlueRam
While pH is pH, the meter is based on a thin H+...

While pH is pH, the meter is based on a thin H+ glass wall forming and electrochemical cell. (Ie povential(voltage) ~ pH through the smoke and mirrors of calibration.) That said, they are REALLY...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-23-2008, 04:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,451
Posted By BlueRam
It sounds like you have the problem solved with...

It sounds like you have the problem solved with the airstone but remember that you have the probe inline and are messing with the flow when you turn pumps off. Now the controller should be able to...
Forum: Equipment 04-18-2008, 03:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,581
Posted By BlueRam
If you are going to swap, buy a used tank. ...

If you are going to swap, buy a used tank. Particularly an ugly steel tank to keep the costs down and then slowly swap up.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/tls/644677256.html
Forum: Equipment 04-16-2008, 06:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,581
Posted By BlueRam
When I lived in North Seattle the nearest central...

When I lived in North Seattle the nearest central welding was Ballard that only swaps CO2 with the Lynnwood store doing fills. (others in the area may fill). Now that I am very near the Lynnwood...
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2008, 05:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,581
Posted By BlueRam
I am a big fan of Central Welding as they gave me...

I am a big fan of Central Welding as they gave me an empty 5lb and upgraded to Al. You might consider the benefit of a swap vs ownership.
Forum: Equipment 04-02-2008, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By BlueRam
Like the other say, a heating cable is just about...

Like the other say, a heating cable is just about as useful as a heated net cozy. Basically, the cable does not heat fast enough or stable enough to keep the water column stable so you end up having...
Forum: Lighting 04-02-2008, 05:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By BlueRam
[Are you using the original T12 ballast to drive...

[Are you using the original T12 ballast to drive the T10 and T6?]

The table skips T10 and T6 because they are less common around here. Some think that a T6 is a T5 with medium bipin connectors. ...
Forum: The Planted Tank FAQ 03-31-2008, 05:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 80,230
Posted By BlueRam
While the bulb may light, the idea behind T5 is...

While the bulb may light, the idea behind T5 is to use electronic ballasts to the fullest to maximize output for a given current consumption.

"The T5 lamp is currently designed for operation only...
Forum: Substrate 03-31-2008, 05:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,252
Posted By BlueRam
For anyone within driving range of Seattle we...

For anyone within driving range of Seattle we have ~10 bags of black SMS and ~8 bags of Turface at our auction on Saturday, April 12th. $25 for a 50 lb bag.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-19-2008, 05:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,669
Posted By BlueRam
Do you find that the other macro nutrients like...

Do you find that the other macro nutrients like phosphorus/potassium and dissolved salts still accumulate?
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 03-16-2008, 06:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,415
Posted By BlueRam
CalPoly(+1) You might explore the computer SCI/...

CalPoly(+1) You might explore the computer SCI/ computer engineer tracks as way back when the first set out the path (we need a flying car) and the second did the coding (building said car). ...
Forum: DIY 03-06-2008, 04:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By BlueRam
* Lay the heater flat so that a no time can the...

* Lay the heater flat so that a no time can the pump pull more that heater is submerged by.
* The CO2 reactor (compressed) goes after the return pump ie "Rex reactor" style. You will achieve better...
Forum: DIY 02-14-2008, 04:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,560
Posted By BlueRam
You are showing a drilled tank with a closed loop...

You are showing a drilled tank with a closed loop system. If you had a canister all is well but in an open system (sump) the tank will drain down. Check out these images featuring an overflow box,...
Forum: Lighting 01-31-2008, 05:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 961
Posted By BlueRam
You will need new lamps, new endcaps (Minature...

You will need new lamps, new endcaps (Minature bipin are smaller, T5 lamps are shorter), a new ballast designed for T5, and likely new reflectors.
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2008, 03:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,293
Posted By BlueRam
Steve: Head can be broken into static (fight...

Steve:

Head can be broken into static (fight against gravity) and dynamic (resistance to flow). In both cases, the placement of the can is marginal. The much bigger problem is the can leaking or...
Forum: DIY 01-04-2008, 04:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,215
Posted By BlueRam
Could a Rheostat be used with a timing circuit? ...

Could a Rheostat be used with a timing circuit? Something like 3 clicks and a press? Are the internals of an egg timer small enough for your needs?
Forum: Equipment 12-12-2007, 06:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By BlueRam
The controller is more precise in that it can...

The controller is more precise in that it can read down to 0.1 increments of pH where a test kit can range 1-0.2 units. The accuracy depends on the calibration which requires use of solution...
Forum: Lighting 12-12-2007, 06:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,088
Posted By BlueRam
I have (modified) shoplights on 3 tanks but I...

I have (modified) shoplights on 3 tanks but I will go T5 eventually as they are more effective at putting light into a tank and they are available at higher wattages per bulb (ie 32W for T8 and 54W...
Forum: Lighting 12-12-2007, 06:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,886
Posted By BlueRam
Increasing the light output with ODNO is a great...

Increasing the light output with ODNO is a great start but you need to make sure the light is reaching the plants. The twin bulb AGA fixture is rather compact if I recall so definitely place better...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-12-2007, 05:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 885
Posted By BlueRam
Seconded. If the solenoid closes when you unplug...

Seconded. If the solenoid closes when you unplug from the timer you can be assured that both the lights and CO2 will go out at the same time. Since the timer simply stops and "holds" the time, when...
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