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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 02:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 80
Posted By DaveK
It's defiantly NOT a stupid idea if that's what...

It's defiantly NOT a stupid idea if that's what you want out of the tank. No harm in trying something different.

A few things to consider-

Use a razor blade and clean up the silicone as much...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 09:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 118
Posted By DaveK
I'll tell you one of the "secrets of success" in...

I'll tell you one of the "secrets of success" in planted tanks. Most tanks you see that look fantastic started out looking not too much different that what you have right now.

Sure you can change...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 152
Posted By DaveK
The other trick is to run it through your...

The other trick is to run it through your dishwasher on the lower rack. It's similar to using Dawn. Much less work too.
Forum: Equipment 08-03-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By DaveK
If your not into DIY projects, I would not...

If your not into DIY projects, I would not recommend the DIY fixture. I don't like the ballast being exposed, and I don't like the non-waterproof end caps for the T5's.

The unit also has marginal...
Forum: Lighting 08-03-2015, 01:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By DaveK
You have bought a very high end LED lighting...

You have bought a very high end LED lighting fixture. These are in effect computer set up devices. You almost need to go online to get the software, and set them up via your computer, to get full...
Forum: Equipment 08-03-2015, 01:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 278
Posted By DaveK
I like your idea of using a sump for the fish in...

I like your idea of using a sump for the fish in question.

My only suggestion is use some sort of media baskets for the rock rubble, so you can easily remove it and clean it out once and awhile....
Forum: Equipment 08-03-2015, 01:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 369
Posted By DaveK
You can make an equivalent by going to a Home...

You can make an equivalent by going to a Home Depot or similar store, and getting a union, two valves, two couplings to for hose barbs, and two hose barbs, and a short length of PVC pipe, which you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-03-2015, 01:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 131
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion, the correct answer to best...

In my opinion, the correct answer to best breeding trap is FALSE. They really are not a good way to go. Not for the female fish and not for the fry.

Get yourself 1 or 2 five gallon tanks, and set...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-01-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 174
Posted By DaveK
Using CO2 sure isn't going to hurt anything, and...

Using CO2 sure isn't going to hurt anything, and can help a great deal. I didn't use it for years, but after installing CO2, it made a beliver out of me.

That being said, you don't need CO2 to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-01-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 435
Posted By DaveK
I know people like the retro look of these old...

I know people like the retro look of these old Metaframe, but if you have a cracked slate, it's very difficult to repair by running a bead of silicone along the crack.

The trouble is that the fix...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-30-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 885
Posted By DaveK
Microsoft tends to hype every new version of...

Microsoft tends to hype every new version of Windows trying to make you think it's the greatest thing ever. The reality is much different, usually it's some new window dressing that actually adds...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion pressurized CO2 is by far the best...

In my opinion pressurized CO2 is by far the best way to go. I doubt there is anyone that went to it, regretted it, and went back to a DIY method.

The downside it that pressurized CO2 has a high...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By DaveK
That's the thing about live plants. They just...

That's the thing about live plants. They just look so real (grin).
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 611
Posted By DaveK
I have found that the best solution to use when...

I have found that the best solution to use when you have small hang on the tank filters like the Aquaclear is to use two filters and alternate the cleaning of them. This way you'll mantain the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-19-2015, 03:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 134
Posted By DaveK
I don't think they would harm anything directly,...

I don't think they would harm anything directly, but they sure do a lot of digging. For a dirted tank, I would think that's "automatic disqualification" of the fish.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By DaveK
While I think the system could work well, I'd...

While I think the system could work well, I'd recommend that you put the aquarium and plant related projects on hold for a few years. Your going to have enough to do with college level courses, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Posted By DaveK
I don't think you have an issue, especially since...

I don't think you have an issue, especially since you have a layer of eco complete.

Consider too that the SW reef keepers usually use 1 to 2 pounds of rock per gallon with out problems.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 392
Posted By DaveK
I only see a couple of things I would change. ...

I only see a couple of things I would change.

Move the tall foreground plants further back and get something that doesn't grow as tall.

The tank looks almost symmetrical with the high point in...
Forum: Lighting 06-04-2015, 02:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 230
Posted By DaveK
That's the problem, isn't it? Lighting is very...

That's the problem, isn't it? Lighting is very subjective and among the most debated subjects in the aquarium hobby. Everyone seems to have their own idea about what is "best".

I'd say that if...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By DaveK
"It's the stuff dreams are made of" Years...

"It's the stuff dreams are made of"

Years ago Dupla, when it was still owned by the founders, had a 10000 liter display tank. There are a few pictures of at the back of the book The Optimum...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 986
Posted By DaveK
If I had to pick one, it would be rummy nose...

If I had to pick one, it would be rummy nose tetras.

However, why not pick several different species and have a school of each? Select ones that live at different depths. In my own tank I have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 387
Posted By DaveK
I've got 2 in my 90 gal planted tank. I like them...

I've got 2 in my 90 gal planted tank. I like them a lot. It's a fish so ugly that it's cute. I don't find them to be a problem with cleaning up after them. They don't grow as large as some of the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-30-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 747
Posted By DaveK
Keep in mind that the plants are going to grow...

Keep in mind that the plants are going to grow and reproduce. You need a lot less than you think. Given time, you'll have a real jungle in there.

Also, if you plan to set up another tank, you'll...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-22-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 891
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion as soon as you say "no water...

In my opinion as soon as you say "no water changes" you have destroyed all credibility with your system, especially in a SW reef system.

Even if we ignore that, I don't see where the system offers...
Forum: Lighting 05-09-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 196
Posted By DaveK
Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling...

Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling that specific build outside of Europe.

However, all is not lost. Tell us what your trying to do with the lighting. There may be other bulbs or a...
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