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Forum: Equipment   08-09-2015, 02:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By Powchekny
Your tank has a lip that runs around the inside...

Your tank has a lip that runs around the inside of all four sides of your tank frame, right? I'm talking about cutting a single piece of glass here, not a versa-top.

If you're using a hinged...
Forum: Equipment   08-09-2015, 01:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By Powchekny
Make the top less than the full length of the...

Make the top less than the full length of the tank. Leave the 1/2" gap on the side with the lily pipes. The plastic frame top will still hold the piece of glass securely on three sides.
Forum: DIY   07-03-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Powchekny
For groundwater from your sump pump, I'd only...

For groundwater from your sump pump, I'd only worry about hardness (probably not an issue if you're pumping recent rain water), fertilizers, herbicides, and fungicides from agriculture and lawns, and...
Forum: DIY   07-03-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Powchekny
Diana is right. I think I'm pretty paranoid...

Diana is right. I think I'm pretty paranoid about this stuff, but I really doubt this would be a problem. Especially not if the shingles are a few years old.

You have to remember that time is...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   05-26-2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By Powchekny
Another vote for the giant redwoods, if you can...

Another vote for the giant redwoods, if you can make it that far north. Seeing pictures in no way prepares you for the awe that you may feel standing at the base of a 300 foot plus tree.
Forum: Equipment   05-08-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By Powchekny
That does look really flimsy to me. I'm no...

That does look really flimsy to me. I'm no structural engineer, but it seems like they sacrificed structure for style.
Forum: Fish   05-07-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By Powchekny
Congos are among the most beautiful fish, in my...

Congos are among the most beautiful fish, in my opinion.
Forum: Equipment   04-29-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By Powchekny
Put a rubber mouse pad underneath it?

Put a rubber mouse pad underneath it?
Forum: Algae   04-29-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By Powchekny
I hate that stuff, but I have to say it looks...

I hate that stuff, but I have to say it looks sort of cool on the wood.
Forum: Equipment   04-23-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By Powchekny
Two smaller heaters is better in terms of fault...

Two smaller heaters is better in terms of fault tolerance if one gets stuck. One bad, small heater will overheat your tank more slowly if the thermostat fails in the "ON" position. And as you...
Forum: Algae   04-20-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By Powchekny
Nice photo. What did you use?

Nice photo. What did you use?
Forum: Aquascaping   04-20-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By Powchekny
I've never heard of anything like this. That...

I've never heard of anything like this. That stuff sold as "Malaysian driftwood" is so hard and dense that I can't imagine it decaying noticeably over a short time frame (though you don't mention...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-19-2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,194
Posted By Powchekny
Good thing you asked. I'm going to bet it fails...

Good thing you asked. I'm going to bet it fails somehow before you've got your tank halfway filled.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-18-2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 927
Posted By Powchekny
It's never even occurred to me to have an air...

It's never even occurred to me to have an air pump in my 40 Long. I have good circulation and I've never had even a hint of a problem with the fish getting enough oxygen; not even when it's 83...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-17-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 556
Posted By Powchekny
Truer words never spoken. The only thing those...

Truer words never spoken. The only thing those "pH UP" and "pH DOWN" products are good for is the pet store's bottom line. Fish are remarkably adaptable to pH conditions, if they're stable.

My...
Forum: Algae   04-16-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By Powchekny
The BGA I had didn't smell, either. And I had it...

The BGA I had didn't smell, either. And I had it really bad in one tank.

In general, it's not healthy for fish tanks. I don't know how it affects shrimp, specifically.

FYI, it's possibly...
Forum: Algae   04-16-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By Powchekny
Blue Green Algae. Reduce your light intensity or...

Blue Green Algae. Reduce your light intensity or duration, and do more water changes. Also, antibiotics work, since it's bacteria, not a true alga.
...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-16-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 322
Posted By Powchekny
Maybe you need a shallower dish? Try a glass...

Maybe you need a shallower dish? Try a glass petri dish, or petri dish cover. They come in various diameters.
Forum: Equipment   04-13-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By Powchekny
If all measures fail, the impeller and spindle...

If all measures fail, the impeller and spindle can be replaced entirely, without any hassle. If you have a good LFS, they might even stock these parts. I did it and the problem was solved (for a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-12-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,017
Posted By Powchekny
We all know people like that. I'm of the opinion...

We all know people like that. I'm of the opinion that they're not worth my time.
Forum: Algae   04-10-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By Powchekny
Definitely looks like BGA (cyanobacteria).

Definitely looks like BGA (cyanobacteria).
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   03-29-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By Powchekny
Potassium permanganate is a snail killer...

Potassium permanganate is a snail killer extraordinaire.
Forum: Algae   03-26-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By Powchekny
Hard to tell what kind it is given the photo...

Hard to tell what kind it is given the photo quality, but I doubt dipping your hands in had anything to do with it (unless your hands were covered with dry fertilizer at the time).

All aquaria...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   03-26-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By Powchekny
I used carb cleaner and a cotton swab on mine. ...

I used carb cleaner and a cotton swab on mine. Worked great.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-24-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,039
Posted By Powchekny
Two things: Your tank looks great. It...

Two things:

Your tank looks great.

It looks like you're trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist.
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