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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-24-2011, 02:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 384
Posted By blawrence
Water change with injected CO2

Has anybody had problems with the ph jump associated with putting fresh low ppm water into a co2 injected tank? (I know the plants are good but I worry about the fish
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-24-2011, 02:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By blawrence
I broke down and bought a needle valve and bubble...

I broke down and bought a needle valve and bubble counter
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-18-2011, 03:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By blawrence
I've decided to buffer my water.. it's a bit soft...

I've decided to buffer my water.. it's a bit soft and I want to breed them.. from what I've read they like harder water (cherry shrimp do at least).. and higher pH (mine out of the tap is good at...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-18-2011, 01:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By blawrence
DIY CO2 control

I've been adding a small 9 gal shrimp tank to my collection. However, to keep the nitrates down the plants I've put in the tank need some help.
Today I started up some DIY co2 and it's been going...
Forum: DIY   09-17-2011, 02:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,201
Posted By blawrence
Nice thing about silicone is that it can make a...

Nice thing about silicone is that it can make a pretty tight mechanical seal.. it may not bond well to pvc or at all to vinyl but goop enough on there and it'll be water tight enough.... like duct...
Forum: Equipment   09-16-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 927
Posted By blawrence
I have never had a sump... but out of curiousity...

I have never had a sump... but out of curiousity .. has anybody or does anybody use backflow preventers on the return flows from sumps instead of siphon breaks? and if not .. why not?
Forum: Equipment   09-16-2011, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,316
Posted By blawrence
it works.. I don't like that it doesn't get flush...

it works.. I don't like that it doesn't get flush with the back glass (maybe i should've just siliconed it permanent style) and I've had shrimp and fish get lost back tehre.. and die a few times as...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 11:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,316
Posted By blawrence
http://gallery.photo.net/photo/14220231-md.jpg ...

http://gallery.photo.net/photo/14220231-md.jpg

not as fancy,, but my first planted tank and getting close to two months old..
anyway.. you can see the glass lids covering the front. and an open...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,316
Posted By blawrence
sure, but it'll be tonight after I get off work...

sure, but it'll be tonight after I get off work and get the camera out
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By blawrence
well that makes way more sense... :) as far...

well that makes way more sense... :)

as far as THAT goes..
.. almost any hole you felt comfortable with (maybe multiple little holes) would work .. though the effectiveness would vary.. as the...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,316
Posted By blawrence
I have the glass tops for my tank.. but I only...

I have the glass tops for my tank.. but I only use the front half peices.. the back halves are stored away (the two pieces connected with the plastic hinge thing).

I just slide the front halves...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By blawrence
from what I read, he is interested in drilling...

from what I read, he is interested in drilling the tank.. I don't know how drilling an 'intake' on a canister filter a few inches below the water line (top?) would save anything from not siphoning....
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 07:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By blawrence
if you try it.. there are things to consider.. ...

if you try it.. there are things to consider..

one.. glass
what kind of glass do you have.. drilling tempered glass is just next to impossible (and maybe just that unless you have special tools)....
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,316
Posted By blawrence
I have .. probably the same tank.. bow front...

I have .. probably the same tank.. bow front seventy some gallon. I set up the intake on the top left (looking at your diagram) and a spray bar running along the back on the right.. I have a Hydor...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2011, 03:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,900
Posted By blawrence
I just purchased the larger one (9 gal) last...

I just purchased the larger one (9 gal) last night. The LED light is probably on the 'moderate' side. Right now it is just a little bit dimmer than two 48" 54w T5HO 23" over the substrate... but the...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   09-13-2011, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,771
Posted By blawrence
smallest planted tank?

what is the smallest planted tank any of you have tried? I found a 0.9 gallon 'beta' tank made of glass at the fish store yesterday.. just a cube with an acrylic top and a halogen light fixture (very...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-12-2011, 08:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,588
Posted By blawrence
from what I understand.. dissolved CO2 in the...

from what I understand.. dissolved CO2 in the water (baseline) is maybe around 5 ppm.. this is a result of just plain old contact with the atmosphere in the first place.. injecting bubbles may...
Forum: Plants   09-12-2011, 01:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By blawrence
so get rid of the hairy one? l have been pulling...

so get rid of the hairy one? l have been pulling it out but leaving just a little until I found out what it was.. now I know I'll just remove all of it.

Thanks !
Forum: Plants   09-12-2011, 01:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By blawrence
see if these pictures work better

this is a better picture.. it's growing out of the dwarf tears. kind of flat leaf
http://gallery.photo.net/photo/14194312-md.jpg

zoomed in
http://gallery.photo.net/photo/14194313-md.jpg

this...
Forum: Plants   09-11-2011, 09:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By blawrence
Ill see what I can do

Ill see what I can do
Forum: Plants   09-11-2011, 09:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By blawrence
What plant/moss is this?

What is this?
I bought some dwarf babies tears for the foreground of my tank.. ingrained in them were mosses and such. One of these is pictured. I tried taking the picture from various angles to...
Forum: Equipment   09-10-2011, 05:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 11,489
Posted By blawrence
I'd almost consider it (for fun if nothing else)...

I'd almost consider it (for fun if nothing else) if it measured more than just 2.7 ppm calcium in water.. it measures everything else.. I guess if I mixed the water sample with RO water then I could...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-10-2011, 05:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 676
Posted By blawrence
Well again.. from what I've read, only some...

Well again.. from what I've read, only some creatures have a problem with it. Cardinal tetras supposedly like lower ph and soft water... so they're good .. but I've read that shrimp may not like it...
Forum: DIY   09-10-2011, 05:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,117
Posted By blawrence
Now, see, here's what you're gonna have ta do; ...

Now, see, here's what you're gonna have ta do;
Go to home depot or radio shack and get a wire gauge checker things... see what gauge wire you have. If its 18 gauge wire you're good because all you...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   09-10-2011, 04:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 904
Posted By blawrence
I don't think they're dead after all one looked...

I don't think they're dead after all one looked it because its foot was face down...but he got turned over and was doing like the rest of them after a bit.
They are the common snail... not any fancy...
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