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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-10-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 835
Posted By DaveMcKenz
Great idea. I will remember that. Thanks, ...

Great idea. I will remember that.
Thanks,
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 835
Posted By DaveMcKenz
You could siphon off some water and pour is back...

You could siphon off some water and pour is back in. You could rig a 2 liter pepsi bottle with a nail hole in it, and let it spray back in over the tank. You might find a 12 volt pump and run it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-21-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By DaveMcKenz
Large pH drop?

Hi,
I have a 125 planted tank with quite a few fish. It runs two canister filters and has a Digital Aquatic pH controller for pressurized CO2, and moderate light. I keep my pH at 6.70 during the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-02-2014, 02:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,263
Posted By DaveMcKenz
pH of 6.4 may mean a high CO2 concentration. That...

pH of 6.4 may mean a high CO2 concentration. That can kill fish. I don't know how or why that happened but it is suspicious. I've killed a few fish with CO2 ; more with NH4.
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-14-2013, 12:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,344
Posted By DaveMcKenz
++1

++1
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-10-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By DaveMcKenz
An interesting question. I think you are easily...

An interesting question. I think you are easily OK except for the pleco. The problem with him is that he will get quite a bit larger (assuming his is 2"). The other fish won't get that much...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-05-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 252
Posted By DaveMcKenz
Continued air in Fluval 406

Hi,
I just added a 406 to my 125G. It runs great and is very quiet. I like the valve stop, the clamping mechanism and the overall quality. Trouble is, it's suck tiny amounts of air somewhere. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-29-2013, 09:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 633
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I think it could be done as you describe, by...

I think it could be done as you describe, by placing a plywood base that fits the tank footprint. The details of that statement are critical, however. For instance I would make the auxiliary base...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-25-2013, 12:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 711
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I have seen this before, but loved watching it...

I have seen this before, but loved watching it again.
Thanks,
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-25-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By DaveMcKenz
What Tom Barr says is probably correct at all...

What Tom Barr says is probably correct at all times. I would guess that stress in your fish is more likely due to lack of circulation, rather than CO2 levels or pH swings.
Good luck,
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-23-2013, 12:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I have seen ammonia spikes develop from combined...

I have seen ammonia spikes develop from combined factors, such as cleaning a filter, and losing beneficial bacteria, while at the same time adding fish. You won't see CO2 toxicity until you get to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-22-2013, 11:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I have been using two air-stones in my 125G, in...

I have been using two air-stones in my 125G, in addition to two propeller style circulators. With a heavily planted tank, I find the circulators' current is broken up but the air bubbles always make...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-14-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By DaveMcKenz
You could put a diagonal piece of glass as a...

You could put a diagonal piece of glass as a divider. It would be essentially invisible. You would need to deal with water flow with siphon tubes or something.
Good luck,
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-27-2013, 04:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,332
Posted By DaveMcKenz
BTW I really like your turtle tank! Dave

BTW I really like your turtle tank!
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-27-2013, 03:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,332
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I really think if there are no leaks where you...

I really think if there are no leaks where you will lose suction, the lengths will only diminish efficiency slightly.
One of my favorite ways to re-establish a lost suction is to shove a length of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-27-2013, 03:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,332
Posted By DaveMcKenz
Fantastic!!. It's hardest the first time you set...

Fantastic!!. It's hardest the first time you set up the filter. When you clean it, you shut off the hoses when you disconnect them. The siphon will return when they are hooked back up. You will...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-27-2013, 12:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,332
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I'm sorry to hear of the problems with this unit....

I'm sorry to hear of the problems with this unit. I have been lucky that mine works well once fully primed. It does not tolerate any air in the canister.
Good luck,
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-27-2013, 12:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,332
Posted By DaveMcKenz
You have not established a siphon! Your intake...

You have not established a siphon! Your intake tube must be full of water for a siphon to go. When you suck on the output tube water has to rise and fill the entire input tube. This will take a few...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-26-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,332
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I have identical filter. The pump primer is...

I have identical filter. The pump primer is weak. The advice about priming by suction is good. I always fill my filter in the sink, as full as possible, before closing it up. The primer pump is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-15-2013, 08:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 687
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I would find a way to raise your dissolved CO2...

I would find a way to raise your dissolved CO2 levels. BBA will disappear over time if you do. BBA will out compete your plants in low light conditions, so I am doubtful of blackouts. Excel might...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-06-2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,251
Posted By DaveMcKenz
Hi, and welcome, The concept of fishless...

Hi, and welcome,
The concept of fishless cycling is new to me as well, and I learned about it here. Now I think it is the only way I would do things. Hope you have a good result.
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-06-2013, 03:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 761
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I am sure you could make a safe dehumidifier for...

I am sure you could make a safe dehumidifier for aquarium use. You would have to clean the coils and the collecting bucket on schedule. I would probably add some excel as a disinfectant to the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-05-2013, 01:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I just thought it up. It could be anything from...

I just thought it up. It could be anything from a rechargeable flashlight to a fixture with a rechargeable battery pack. Could be DIY or a ready made purpose changed item.
Good luck,
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-05-2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By DaveMcKenz
I wonder if you could rig an led light fixture...

I wonder if you could rig an led light fixture with rechargeable batteries. You could charge it at night and put it over the tank during the day. Just and idea.
Dave
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-18-2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,148
Posted By DaveMcKenz
How big is tank? How did you fill it?

How big is tank? How did you fill it?
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