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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-26-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By MChambers
Purigen should remove the tannins.

Purigen should remove the tannins.
Forum: Equipment 07-24-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By MChambers
I've gotten many of mine used off of eBay or...

I've gotten many of mine used off of eBay or craigslist. If that doesn't work, I agree on Kensfish.com.
Forum: Equipment 07-22-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 324
Posted By MChambers
I've got 2 40Bs, and have filtered them with a...

I've got 2 40Bs, and have filtered them with a Cobalt E-X-T, an Eheim 2126, and an Eheim 2028. All worked great. (I bought the Eheims used, at reasonable prices.)
Forum: Equipment 07-20-2015, 12:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By MChambers
This is a good PSA. I usually find the biggest...

This is a good PSA. I usually find the biggest problem is in the intake hoses, especially where they connect to the canister or to any valves.

For an Eheim Classic, a reverse flush usually...
Forum: Fish 07-19-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By MChambers
I don't think the plants will help with the...

I don't think the plants will help with the oxygenation, since they won't be getting light. I'd lower the water level, to increase the amount of oxygen actually available to the fish. If you can get...
Forum: Fish 07-18-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 447
Posted By MChambers
Rams are delicate fish. I've had similar...

Rams are delicate fish. I've had similar experiences.
Forum: Equipment 07-10-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 606
Posted By MChambers
I think the sponges will serve as biomedia. ...

I think the sponges will serve as biomedia. Probably not as much surface area, but they'll work fine. Mattenfilters are entirely sponge, but they handle biofiltration.
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 711
Posted By MChambers
I've got one SunSun, a bunch of Eheim Classics...

I've got one SunSun, a bunch of Eheim Classics and Pros, an Eheim Ecco, and two Cobalt EXT filters.

I'd rate the Classics and the Cobalts the tops, then the Pros, then the SunSun, and the Ecco...
Forum: Equipment 07-05-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 510
Posted By MChambers
I agree

+1. This is what I do with my 2217.
Forum: Fish 06-26-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 318
Posted By MChambers
I've kept red cherry shrimp with Yunnanilus sp....

I've kept red cherry shrimp with Yunnanilus sp. rosy. The shrimp thrived.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 06-11-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 252
Posted By MChambers
There are a couple of local aquarium clubs that...

There are a couple of local aquarium clubs that might interest you.

http://www.capitalcichlids.org/index.php

http://gwapa.org/wordpress/
Forum: Equipment 06-10-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 666
Posted By MChambers
I agree that priming mechanisms are a likely...

I agree that priming mechanisms are a likely point of failure and I don't use them on my SunSun or my Eheim Pros. On my Eheim Classics, I just turn off the valve before I disconnect and clean the...
Forum: Fish 06-05-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 602
Posted By MChambers
I've always thought that Prime (or Safe, its...

I've always thought that Prime (or Safe, its powdered and cheaper Seachem sibling) did the job as well as it can be done. On top of that, those are very inexpensive. So it's never been a question...
Forum: Fish 06-05-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 483
Posted By MChambers
Green neon tetras? Or microdevario kubotai? I...

Green neon tetras? Or microdevario kubotai? I think they both could take the heat.
Forum: Equipment 06-02-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 440
Posted By MChambers
Eheim Classics are dead quiet. The Cobalt EXT...

Eheim Classics are dead quiet. The Cobalt EXT canister (about $100 at Ken's) has a separate pump, which you can place in the tank, so it's completely silent.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-02-2015, 08:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By MChambers
You can get a Cobalt EXT at Kens for about $100. ...

You can get a Cobalt EXT at Kens for about $100. Easiest canister out there, at least in my experience. And I have lots of Eheims, too, although I usually buy them used.
Forum: Fish 05-28-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 648
Posted By MChambers
Some dwarf corydoras hover. Maybe pygmaeus?

Some dwarf corydoras hover. Maybe pygmaeus?
Forum: Equipment 05-27-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 813
Posted By MChambers
I might even go for a 2217. I like Eheims, but I...

I might even go for a 2217. I like Eheims, but I don't run a 2213 on anything bigger than a 30 gallon tank.
Forum: Equipment 05-26-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By MChambers
For o-rings, I've gotten suitable replacements at...

For o-rings, I've gotten suitable replacements at the local hardware store.

For other parts, I've used Ken's or Big Als.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-19-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By MChambers
I'd just throw them in. If they've been sitting...

I'd just throw them in. If they've been sitting dry, I can't imagine they would be harmful. If you boil them, you're going to remove tannins and other beneficial compounds.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-18-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 485
Posted By MChambers
Water conditioners typically reduce the oxygen in...

Water conditioners typically reduce the oxygen in the tank. A 3x dose is probably okay, but you should keep an eye on your fish to make certain that they do not exhibit signs of oxygen depletion. ...
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By MChambers
Canisters can be hidden, generally are quiet, and...

Canisters can be hidden, generally are quiet, and need less frequent cleaning than HOBs.

The Cobalt EXT filter is pretty short, so might work in your cabinet.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-13-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 362
Posted By MChambers
Yup

Sounds right. I did this calculation a few years back, using Ken's prices, and found that Safe cost about 1/10 as much as Prime. And Prime is a bargain compared to other products.

A friend...
Forum: Substrate 05-12-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,354
Posted By MChambers
I've used PFS for many types of corydoras,...

I've used PFS for many types of corydoras, without problem.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,012
Posted By MChambers
Yup

All good points. The use of a prefilter will also reduce the need to clean the canister, but you'll have to clean the prefilter.
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