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Forum: Substrate 06-04-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 447
Posted By astex
Sand far left, floracor red, lake gems on right ...

Sand far left, floracor red, lake gems on right

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=16849&pictureid=59681

Lake Gems, Floragems, Red
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Forum: Substrate 06-04-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 266
Views: 39,552
Posted By astex
Lake Gems on the right, the Floracor Red on the...

Lake Gems on the right, the Floracor Red on the left

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=16849&pictureid=59641

Lake Gems on left, Flora Gems center, Floracor red on right
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Forum: Equipment 10-23-2013, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By astex
There are also glass tanks w/ PVC bottoms that...

There are also glass tanks w/ PVC bottoms that split the difference weight wise. I just bought a 180 and two guys were able to lift it up onto the stand for me. Obviously you have to buy from one...
Forum: Aquascaping 06-17-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 776
Posted By astex
I think the wood needs to be shifted over a bit...

I think the wood needs to be shifted over a bit to get it out of the corner and more at the golden ratio point of view. Other than that, I like the look.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 06-15-2013, 08:01 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 72,294
Posted By astex
My tank has glass tops, so I just cut another...

My tank has glass tops, so I just cut another piece of foam, put it on top of the filter foam and it smishes up against the glass. It's not pretty but it works. When I take down these tanks (temp...
Forum: Lighting 05-29-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By astex
So your original idea was 4 bulbs total,...

So your original idea was 4 bulbs total, staggered? Or was I missing where shorter/longer bulbs were available from AHS?

I'll look for the 6' bulbs, I don't remember seeing any in my searches...
Forum: Lighting 05-29-2013, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By astex
So the 12" at each end of the tank would still...

So the 12" at each end of the tank would still get enough light (4' bulb, 6' tank right?).

That would be easier than I was expecting, which would make me very happy. I underestimated the level...
Forum: Lighting 05-28-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By astex
Dream Tank Lighting Quandry

Hi all,

I'm finally getting my 180g "this is it" tank and am trying to figure out what to do with lighting.

Tank will be sand substrate with root tabs as needed. I tend towards low to mid...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-10-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 72,294
Posted By astex
Yeah, I bought the jet lifters for convenience,...

Yeah, I bought the jet lifters for convenience, but they really are just nice PVC (a bit thinner than your average PVC though). I think the key is that they turn and poke through the foam wall. I'm...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-10-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 72,294
Posted By astex
I have one on my 2-40B set up, the 19.5x19.5 and...

I have one on my 2-40B set up, the 19.5x19.5 and just run it off an air pump. So far so good. There is good mulm build up and the flow is surprisingly good across the top of the tank.

I think as...
Forum: Fish 04-19-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,732
Posted By astex
Have you ever checked your TDS levels? Big jumps...

Have you ever checked your TDS levels? Big jumps in those numbers can shock fish as well.
Forum: Invertebrates by Msjinkzd 02-10-2012, 02:07 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 30,873
Posted By astex
A use for driftwood that won't sink.

Dig out all the unsinkable driftwood you have and put some of this food on it.

My fish loved being able to pick the food off the underside of the floating wood, and I now have a use for...
Forum: Fish 12-01-2011, 01:51 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 9,841
Posted By astex
Crab cuisine is still the favorite in all my...

Crab cuisine is still the favorite in all my tanks. I've had better luck getting the reluctant fish to try them by mixing it in a 1:3 ratio instead of the 1:2 listed on the package. Once I made...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,688
Posted By astex
Most heater ratings are based on raising the tank...

Most heater ratings are based on raising the tank temperature 10 degrees above room temp. I have the same problem in the winter when my house is 62 degrees. Google heater sizes aquariums or similar...
Forum: Fish 10-28-2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 9,841
Posted By astex
Re-test of the solient green and super green on...

Re-test of the solient green and super green on tank 1 resulted in a tie vote by the red cherry shrimp, and an obvious preference for the solient green by the L144s in the tank.
No interest in the...
Forum: Fish 10-17-2011, 03:43 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 9,841
Posted By astex
I mixed up some of my samples this weekend. ...

I mixed up some of my samples this weekend. Started with the meat pie and once I realized how much the initial instructions make up, made smaller quantities of the other ones.

The meat pie was...
Forum: Plants 06-20-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By astex
First plant looks like an Amazon Sword, possibly...

First plant looks like an Amazon Sword, possibly one of the varieties with red in it. Swords tend to take over the tank as long as they are being fertilized, usually with root tabs. I don't know how...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-27-2011, 05:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,790
Posted By astex
And I was just thinking I needed some more...

And I was just thinking I needed some more emerald eyes for my one tank. When will they be for sale?
Forum: Equipment 04-11-2011, 08:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,433
Posted By astex
Love mine as well. The only criticism I have is...

Love mine as well. The only criticism I have is that the intlet/outlet tubes are rather delicate and prone to crack at the joints if you're not careful. I caved and replaced my inlet completely and...
Forum: Photography 02-23-2011, 01:49 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,539
Posted By astex
When I was doing research for my purchase, I ran...

When I was doing research for my purchase, I ran across the below site. The articles are all written in understandable terms and he has some great reviews of cameras.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-18-2011, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,063
Posted By astex
Try some Val nana...it's thinner than regular val...

Try some Val nana...it's thinner than regular val but still gets tall. It also seems easier to contain.
Forum: Equipment 02-18-2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By astex
How about some sheet foam, 2" thick cut to size? ...

How about some sheet foam, 2" thick cut to size? I know Swiss Tropicals (Poret foam) and Angels Plus both sell it.
Forum: Equipment 02-02-2011, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 889
Posted By astex
I have an XP3 and a 3315 on my 55 gal. Overall I...

I have an XP3 and a 3315 on my 55 gal. Overall I have fewer problems with the Eheim, but then the XP3 provides the larger flow so by definition needs cleaning more often. Both are quiet, easy to...
Forum: Equipment 01-06-2011, 01:57 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 172,900
Posted By astex
For all my canisters I usually just throw one of...

For all my canisters I usually just throw one of the purigen pillows and/or purigen in a pantyhose "bag" in the top basket. It doesn't fill the entire basket, but it still works and the purigen...
Forum: Algae 12-21-2010, 03:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,594
Posted By astex
Nerites are the best. I love my SAE, but they do...

Nerites are the best. I love my SAE, but they do get lazy and prefer beating the fish to the food instead of eating algae. My otos have been fairly healthy, but I have some good lfs around to get...
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