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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2011, 10:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,614
Posted By sparkysko
As long as you don't have algae problems,...

As long as you don't have algae problems, nothing.. It just gets denser/taller..What happens to a yard? I guess you get thatch..

I've been tempted to attempt 'dethatching' hairgrass to encourage...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-23-2011, 10:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 243
Posted By sparkysko
Leave it soaking in water before you hook up the...

Leave it soaking in water before you hook up the CO2 tubing I'd imagine. Waters not going to get into it if it's always pushing out..
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-23-2011, 10:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,594
Posted By sparkysko
You don't... Almost everything will eat them...

You don't... Almost everything will eat them tho..

I poured a gallon of bleach in my tank to nuke it, and still had pond snails survive it..

Copper would probably kill the worms, but you'd...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-23-2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 482
Posted By sparkysko
Protein. Little dots are usually some common...

Protein.
Little dots are usually some common hopper bug. I forget the name, but it has hopper or something in the name..

They make a skimmer intake attachment you can use on your canister...
Forum: Fish 05-29-2010, 12:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,104
Posted By sparkysko
To answer some of my own questions, the...

To answer some of my own questions, the recommended high end temps for these guys are: 78F - oto, 81F - Tetra/Cories, 85F - Cherry Shrimp...

I always run tanks between 72-80F, so going beyond that...
Forum: Fish 05-28-2010, 11:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,104
Posted By sparkysko
Is 86F too warm for these fish while treating ich?

Cliff notes version: Will 86F kill tetras/cories/otos/cherry shrimps/hairgrass? With good water, am I realistic in hoping that I can just crank up the temp and ride this out, or do I need to go full...
Forum: DIY 04-20-2010, 12:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,137
Posted By sparkysko
Woot. Home depot had a much better solution. $3...

Woot. Home depot had a much better solution. $3 for 1/4" clear tubing x 25ft, and $6 for 1/4" brass valves. Could probably fit standard aquarium hose on these valves. They also had drip irrigation...
Forum: DIY 04-18-2010, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,137
Posted By sparkysko
Cheap 1/8" water valve?

I'm building a semi automated water change system for my nano (will post pics when done). I want to use valves to turn off and on the water from 1/8" tubing, which is being fed by siphon from water...
Forum: DIY 04-15-2010, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,165
Posted By sparkysko
If you can't get the proper edge overlap it's not...

If you can't get the proper edge overlap it's not recommended to use silicone. You could possibly use epoxy to build something like that however if you used a jig. Do two panels at a time in a V...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-11-2010, 11:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,684
Posted By sparkysko
The ones at the mall are all saltwater. The...

The ones at the mall are all saltwater. The shrimp are commonly sold for seahorse food. I think their lifespan is 7 years and they stay tiny, I've never heard of them reproducing in the container....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-11-2010, 11:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,684
Posted By sparkysko
About 7 years ago I started a biosphere group....

About 7 years ago I started a biosphere group. Biospheres are completely closed except for heat/light. The container is sealed. I tried many experiments, the simplest being to add a bunch of...
Forum: DIY 04-11-2010, 07:02 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 919
Posted By sparkysko
My cheap diy moonlights

Roaming all the local electronic places, the only white LED's I could find were 6cd, and $5. Frustrated, I looked at the dollar store. They had Dual white LEDs in a diffuser, for cabinet lighting...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-10-2010, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By sparkysko
5 pounds of sugar in a 5 gallon jug with who...

5 pounds of sugar in a 5 gallon jug with who knows how much yeast gave me 2 weeks of more than enough CO2 in my 55 connected to my powerhead. Buy a bung at a beer store and a brass fitting for the...
Forum: Fish 04-06-2010, 08:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By sparkysko
Grass is too dense and established to really...

Grass is too dense and established to really uproot. I started the grass about 6 weeks ago. I was just concerned about stress
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2010, 11:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,101
Posted By sparkysko
+1 on stoner product. Although I don't know how...

+1 on stoner product. Although I don't know how well it does against water spots since it's petrol based. Paper towels have a wetting agent in them that leaves a film on glass. Especially noticeable...
Forum: Fish 04-05-2010, 11:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By sparkysko
Dwarf cories and hairgrass a bad idea?

Anyone else keep dwarf cory's or any cory's in a tank with a dwarf hairgrass lawn? I figured they would perch and root around amongst the grass, but they seem to be avoiding it and staying near the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,894
Posted By sparkysko
Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!. I had no idea...

Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes!. I had no idea they had skimmers for HOB's, someone on this forum pointed me in the right direction and I snagged one and could never be happier. The Aquaclear version...
Forum: Lighting 04-03-2010, 08:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,090
Posted By sparkysko
Okay, another fix for these ballasts. I pinched...

Okay, another fix for these ballasts. I pinched one of the light wires which tripped GFI and burned up the board. A nice misting of copper everywhere.....

Apparently these boards have F1 on them,...
Forum: Lighting 04-03-2010, 02:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,090
Posted By sparkysko
It worked until I put it back in it's case, then...

It worked until I put it back in it's case, then it tripped the GFI :(. More fiddling to go
Forum: Lighting 04-02-2010, 11:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,090
Posted By sparkysko
Coralife Ballast Fix

I have one of those 4x65 watt Coralife hoods for my 55g. Bulbs keep dying, and I figured it was from overheating. Finally even a bulb swap and it still wouldn't light up one of the lights... So I...
Forum: Fish 04-01-2010, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,520
Posted By sparkysko
Me too. 6 years, no quarantine or meds. I've...

Me too. 6 years, no quarantine or meds. I've managed to get some fish from the store that had Ich, but it never spread around the tank.
Forum: Algae 04-01-2010, 08:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,021
Posted By sparkysko
This thread inspired me to pick up the one from...

This thread inspired me to pick up the one from petsmart. Now I'm a big fan. Back when they were $100+ I'd rather just try other means, but ~$40 is worth it. I did the UV after the hydrogen peroxide...
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2010, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,518
Posted By sparkysko
I checked Harbor Freight yesterday, and they had...

I checked Harbor Freight yesterday, and they had 12" hemostats for 5$.
Forum: DIY 03-30-2010, 07:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,203
Posted By sparkysko
I'm not aware of any method to convert hydrogen...

I'm not aware of any method to convert hydrogen peroxide into CO2, care to share?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-30-2010, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 821
Posted By sparkysko
They put oil on the surface of water containers...

They put oil on the surface of water containers to suffocate mosquito larvae. I've never had oxygen problems that I blamed on the film, but it always concerns me..

It looks like you can modify...
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