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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-02-2016, 03:25 AM
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Posted By THE V
Well the driftwood probably had a whole host of...

Well the driftwood probably had a whole host of species. I have tossed in some wood and had the entire tank turn cloudy with a bare bottom tank and no filters.

There are bacteria/fungus that can...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-02-2016, 12:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By THE V
In an aquarium you generally do not have enough...

In an aquarium you generally do not have enough water area to build up a self-sustaining ecosystem with a fish. Most of the ones that survive for a long time use a few algae eating shrimp as the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-01-2016, 11:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 311
Posted By THE V
Common question that I've been answering for...

Common question that I've been answering for years now. After 4 months of starvation you will have a happy viable colony that will recover quickly. The point at which are all dead? It can be...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-16-2015, 04:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 312
Posted By THE V
125 gallon restarted- High-Tech setup

Alright I am sitting here looking at this in my living room.

http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/11/15/7625f2dd48967914910de1705c5fa097.jpg

As you can see it's a blank slate. I can't fill it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-05-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By THE V
I don't know if I was was clear but I took your...

I don't know if I was was clear but I took your idea of the sill plate and transferred it below the floor. i.e. Using a flat 2x12's to reinforce the subfloor. I can go out further to either side as...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-05-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By THE V
Then when I am completed with the project I will...

Then when I am completed with the project I will right a note in sharpie "crazy owner had big fish tank" on the wood.

:-)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-05-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By THE V
For aesthetic reasons (wife) bracing above the...

For aesthetic reasons (wife) bracing above the floor is not an option.

Previous house I had this setup at was over hardwood on top of cement slab. Not even a dent in the hardwood when I removed...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-05-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By THE V
Legs. 1/2 inch below the cross bars. It has a...

Legs. 1/2 inch below the cross bars. It has a molding that comes down to hide all but a 1/16" gap.



72" long by 18" wide tank. All of it resting on 8 legs in less than 10sq. feet of floor...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-05-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By THE V
Reinforcing the floor over a crawlspace.

Well I'm installing the hardwood floor into my living room/dining room this weekend. With that in I can think about setting up my 125 gallon tank.

As you might expect the joist run the wrong...
Forum: Substrate   11-04-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By THE V
Copper is a very common fungicide/bactericide in...

Copper is a very common fungicide/bactericide in agriculture. It is considered to be an organic pesticide. There are many different formulations. Some of the older ones are highly toxic (the ones...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-21-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By THE V
Quick answer. Increase everything proportionally.

Quick answer. Increase everything proportionally.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-20-2015, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By THE V
With BN plecos the males do all of the rearing of...

With BN plecos the males do all of the rearing of the young. Generally the young do best if there is plenty of heavy cover for them to hide in once they leave their fathers protection. They are...
Forum: Plants   10-17-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 838
Posted By THE V
Look up the inverse square law. The light at...

Look up the inverse square law. The light at the substrate is 1/4 of the light intensity at the midpoint.
Forum: Equipment   10-17-2015, 04:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 325
Posted By THE V
In my experience it is the o-rings on the quick...

In my experience it is the o-rings on the quick release intake are the ones that go. This is due to compression of the ring unevenly with the weight of the tube. I have a shorter than standard...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-17-2015, 12:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By THE V
Taking care of a tank while at college.... You...

Taking care of a tank while at college.... You may want to consider redoing it low tech and simple.

As you have seen, a high tech tank without constant monitoring is a recipe for algae. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-16-2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 404
Posted By THE V
Increased water changes occasionally can help...

Increased water changes occasionally can help shorten a bacterial bloom but the best bet is to just ride it out.

I wish I would have thought to take a picture of the one time, where i reused...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-16-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By THE V
You answered your own question: ...

You answered your own question:



Clear example of light level differences from what you are describing. Tank #2 has a higher amount of PAR. Your DIY LED system isn't putting out as much as...
Forum: Equipment   10-16-2015, 03:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 325
Posted By THE V
Naw I just order them online. Usually cost...

Naw I just order them online. Usually cost around $8-10 delivered.
Forum: Equipment   10-16-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 325
Posted By THE V
Compared to other filters that I have used they...

Compared to other filters that I have used they wear out the rings more rapidly. Yearly instead of every 2-3 years
Forum: Equipment   10-16-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 325
Posted By THE V
Had one for almost 10 years. Keep the o-rings...

Had one for almost 10 years. Keep the o-rings lubricated with silicone grease and order a spare set now.

They work wonderfully well if you keep the seals maintained. If you don't they can leak. ...
Forum: Plants   10-16-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 838
Posted By THE V
Sumps only off gas CO2 if you are injecting it. ...

Sumps only off gas CO2 if you are injecting it. In your setup they do not.

Water changes will not add the nutrients you need for the plants. It keeps the buildup of salts from killing your...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-16-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By THE V
Yep dose and weekly water change from the very...

Yep dose and weekly water change from the very start. With a bunch of plants it won't take long to cycle
Forum: Plants   10-15-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 838
Posted By THE V
Most people tend to overdo the lighting when they...

Most people tend to overdo the lighting when they first start out. This is especially true of smaller tanks where it is really easy to do. This is why CO2 is usually the limiting factor.

Larger...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-15-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 945
Posted By THE V
Basic of Hydrology - A body of water with no...

Basic of Hydrology -

A body of water with no outflow = a salt lake.

Most bodies of water have a steady of percentage of turnover. When you see a pond or stream it usually represents a very...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-15-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By THE V
Prices and costs tend to operate independently. ...

Prices and costs tend to operate independently. I all depends upon the firms marketing strategy and what the current inventory supply is. Prices can change rapidly as the situation evolves. ...
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