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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-17-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 393
Posted By DaveK
Consider the big advantage. With the additional...

Consider the big advantage. With the additional knowledge you can now take your planted tank to a new level.

I had kept planted tanks for years before finding this group, but they were only fair....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-09-2015, 02:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By DaveK
Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons,...

Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons, going from very good to very bad. Also, you do need to match the new water to the temp of your tank, or at least be very close.

A 50% water change at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-07-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 454
Posted By DaveK
A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and...

A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and fail. If your going to repair it, you will need to replace the entire piece of class. This can involve disassembly of the entire tank and rebuilding...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-29-2014, 02:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 419
Posted By DaveK
Usually this is just air in the cold water coming...

Usually this is just air in the cold water coming out as micro bubbles when it comes out of the tap. However, water quality does vary over the season, and you can't be too careful.
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By DaveK
Personally I would not trust such shelving units...

Personally I would not trust such shelving units to hold a 40 gal tank. This is for several reasons.

The 3200 lb capacity is for weight distributed evenly across all 4 shelves or about 800 lbs...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-21-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 811
Posted By DaveK
I don't use backgrounds. By the time you get that...

I don't use backgrounds. By the time you get that planted tank really going, your not going to see much of a background anyway.

If I had a tank that was planned to be very open, then I'd use...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-04-2014, 02:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 425
Posted By DaveK
The problems I see the the quote in the op's post...

The problems I see the the quote in the op's post is that first, this was a reef system, and corals are going to be a lot more sensitive to any changes in water quality. Second, the person is using a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-16-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 553
Posted By DaveK
Ask yourself this question, are you willing to...

Ask yourself this question, are you willing to put your tank at risk just to use a piece of driftwood that you know can have issues?

Personally, I'd opt to use something else that I know will be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-16-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Posted By DaveK
I feel a bit different about this. I'd take the...

I feel a bit different about this. I'd take the time to reseal the entire tank. You have to do most of the same prep work anyway, and sometimes it's tough to tell exactly where the leak is. It's also...
Forum: Equipment 08-25-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By DaveK
How many tanks are you planning? How large will...

How many tanks are you planning?
How large will they be?
What other filtration, if any, will you use?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-25-2014, 03:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By DaveK
Rather that the exact size, figure out what you...

Rather that the exact size, figure out what you want to do with the tank, Some small tanks can be real gems. Other times a large tank can be fantastic. However, it's not that simple. Consider how you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-24-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 913
Posted By DaveK
I have also hear this over the years, but I...

I have also hear this over the years, but I question it. It if were true, beta breeders would do this since it would be a lot less expensive for them.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-21-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 727
Posted By DaveK
10+ tanks is getting up there. By your on...

10+ tanks is getting up there. By your on admission many need some work.

I'd suggest that you figure out one or two things you really want to keep and have only the one or two tanks needed to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-13-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By DaveK
That's more or less what I did when I changed out...

That's more or less what I did when I changed out my substrata. If your going to buy a 10 gal tank to use as a holding tank, I'd say get something a little larger, like a 15 gal, but if you already...
Forum: Equipment 08-13-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Posted By DaveK
You could consider a Hydor Koralia Nano...

You could consider a Hydor Koralia Nano Circulation Pump. That's about what your looking for and within your price range.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2014, 02:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Posted By DaveK
Well, it's certainly something different, and...

Well, it's certainly something different, and it's their tank, so they can set it up the way they want.

It just seems so wrong next to all the planted tanks typically seen on this forum, which...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By DaveK
To switch substrata you in effect need to tear...

To switch substrata you in effect need to tear the tank down and set it up again. This isn't quite as bad as it sounds, but it's a lot of work. Save as much water as you can, and don't disturm the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-17-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By DaveK
Do you need to have CO2 with high light, no you...

Do you need to have CO2 with high light, no you don't. You can still keep some plants and get a lot of good growth.

However, I'd rate CO2 as highly desirable, especially in a large tank.

How...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-15-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 548
Posted By DaveK
You could certainly try using all RO/DI water,...

You could certainly try using all RO/DI water, and build it back to what you want using GH and/or KH builder products.

That's what I do, and I've been getting good results, and my tap water is og...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-15-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 185
Posted By DaveK
I don't think you'd have a problem with killing...

I don't think you'd have a problem with killing everything in the tank. It's not a UV lamp.

The problem I'd worry about is that I don't think the device is built to stay on for 8 hours plus a day....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By DaveK
You could always give the original lighting a try...

You could always give the original lighting a try and see how it works. In looking at the picture on the Drs F & S web site, the tank does look dim in the end areas.

Personally, if it were mine...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By DaveK
Marineland makes a lot of different type LED...

Marineland makes a lot of different type LED lighting and fixtures. Which one do you have? Is it going to be the only lighting on the 55?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By DaveK
Considering that it's only a few days, I'd just...

Considering that it's only a few days, I'd just leave the lights off. Nothing is going to get hurt. After all, we use the 3 day blackout to treat algae problems all the time, so it could even help in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 278
Posted By DaveK
More likely the fish are a bit scared and off...

More likely the fish are a bit scared and off their normal routine. Give them a few days to get use to the new lighting. You have a lot more light now now and it's coming from a different direction.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-10-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 441
Posted By DaveK
You can move all the media and so on, but I'm...

You can move all the media and so on, but I'm lazy. I'd just set up the new filter and run both of them on the tank for 2 or 3 weeks. Then remove the old one. By that time, the new filter will have a...
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