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Forum: Equipment   Today, 05:28 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By DaveK
I can see the sump versis canister debate is full...

I can see the sump versis canister debate is full swing. (grin)

Basically both work very well. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. I will also add that when I look at DIY sumps I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Yesterday, 12:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 467
Posted By DaveK
This is an excellent article. You have a lot of...

This is an excellent article. You have a lot of material covered and it's in a concise format that doesn't ramble on.

At the same time, I'm not sure it's really suited for beginners. If you think...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Yesterday, 02:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 467
Posted By DaveK
Dupla was a company that made a lot of high end...

Dupla was a company that made a lot of high end planted tank equipment way back when. The equipment was extremely expensive, so it never really caught on in the USA. The original company has been...
Forum: Lighting   02-25-2017, 06:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 126
Posted By DaveK
Since you bought this used, it's safe to assume...

Since you bought this used, it's safe to assume that all the bulb need replacement. Typically you can figure T5 bulbs are good for about 12 to 18 months.

Lighting is about the most talked about...
Forum: Equipment   02-25-2017, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By DaveK
I'd add a second Eheim 2215. That way you'd get...

I'd add a second Eheim 2215. That way you'd get twice the flow, and because you have 2 units, they would back up each other if one failed.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-25-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By DaveK
It would be possible for most people here to go...

It would be possible for most people here to go on and on about what they like and don't like about aquascapes. The problem is that by the end of the day, it's your tank and your going to have to...
Forum: Equipment   02-25-2017, 04:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By DaveK
I'd say any decent powehead will do the job....

I'd say any decent powehead will do the job. However, you need to consider what sort of flow you want. Traditional power heads will give you a powerful jet of water, but only modest flow outside that...
Forum: Equipment   02-25-2017, 04:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By DaveK
You can take care of the surface film with a...

You can take care of the surface film with a powerhead. What you do is direct the flow slightly toward the surface. Here is an example of an inexpensive powerhead (offsite) - Aquarium Water...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-25-2017, 04:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 180
Posted By DaveK
I would think twice about white sand. It looks...

I would think twice about white sand. It looks great when new, but really shows any dirt or algae growing on it. If your willing to always be cleaning it, you'll be fine, but if you are like me and...
Forum: Equipment   02-25-2017, 01:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By DaveK
Here are my thoughts - Overall, I think the...

Here are my thoughts -

Overall, I think the setup is good.

You may have way too much light. Four T5 bulbs is quite a bit for a planted tank. If you see big algae problems you should be able...
Forum: Equipment   02-25-2017, 01:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 132
Posted By DaveK
Your using a used product, which means it could...

Your using a used product, which means it could be bad to start with.

You also need to wire it up and this is not a trivial set of connections.

You can keep working on it and in time you'll...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-24-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,307
Posted By DaveK
What you say is true, but the bigger question is...

What you say is true, but the bigger question is why put your tank at risk over a little bit of Prime?

Better to play it safe.
Forum: Lighting   02-24-2017, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By DaveK
In general I agree with this. We always want to...

In general I agree with this. We always want to run a safe system.

However, GFCI wants to trip at the slightest issue. That's needed to protect you, but it will also falsely trip, especially...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-23-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,307
Posted By DaveK
A couple of additional things to consider. ...

A couple of additional things to consider.

Tap water often varies by season, sometimes it can vary on a day to day basis. For example, if the water company needs to add a lot more chemicals due to...
Forum: Lighting   02-23-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By DaveK
LEDs, especially in pendant fixtures, want to...

LEDs, especially in pendant fixtures, want to shine straight down. I see the HEI optics helping this a bit, but it's not a total solution. It's better, but not that much better.

I'm not sure...
Forum: Lighting   02-23-2017, 02:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By DaveK
My take on when a company comes out with a new...

My take on when a company comes out with a new model is to see how much better it actually is. In most cases, it's better, but not that much better. In this case, your getting more light per fixture,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-22-2017, 04:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 476
Posted By DaveK
When you move a tank with "a little bit of water"...

When you move a tank with "a little bit of water" and the substrata, it's very easy for the substrata to shift. Just carrying it and getting it a little off level can really turn over the bottom, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-21-2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 476
Posted By DaveK
How many and what size tanks are we talking...

How many and what size tanks are we talking about?
How long is the move?
Forum: Lighting   02-19-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By DaveK
This is the big reason I don't like clip on...

This is the big reason I don't like clip on fixtures. they can fall into the tank way too easily.

As for saving it. You might be able to disassemble it, dry it all out inside, out it back...
Forum: Lighting   02-19-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 98
Posted By DaveK
I'd say it was about as good as your going to get...

I'd say it was about as good as your going to get unless you want to upgrade the entire fixture to T5s or LEDs.

The downside to T8 is that you sometimes don't get the bulb selection that you can...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-18-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 510
Posted By DaveK
Don't let these initial plumbing problems get you...

Don't let these initial plumbing problems get you down.Consider it part of the learning experience. The first time I did a big plumbing project on one of my tanks I had my share of similar problems. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-16-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By DaveK
You can not run an overflow as a siphon unless...

You can not run an overflow as a siphon unless you use additional means to prevent the siphon from running dry and to prevent the return pump from over filling the tank. One way or another, this will...
Forum: Lighting   02-15-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By DaveK
You'll notice one thing about this. As you go...

You'll notice one thing about this. As you go down your list, each fixture costs more money. As you get into the PRO+ it generally can put out more light and lets you do more with the settings, and...
Forum: Equipment   02-15-2017, 01:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 677
Posted By DaveK
After finding a lot of "4 dKH solutions" to be...

After finding a lot of "4 dKH solutions" to be way off, I've going with mixing it myself. You'll find that if you mix it once, you'll get a amount that will last for months or even years.

It's...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 02:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By DaveK
When you construct overflows, the best thing to...

When you construct overflows, the best thing to do is to run each one directly to the sump There are a number of ways you can construct the overflows. Usually the best way is to drill the tank. If...
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