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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By DaveK
While I think the system could work well, I'd...

While I think the system could work well, I'd recommend that you put the aquarium and plant related projects on hold for a few years. Your going to have enough to do with college level courses, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By DaveK
I don't think you have an issue, especially since...

I don't think you have an issue, especially since you have a layer of eco complete.

Consider too that the SW reef keepers usually use 1 to 2 pounds of rock per gallon with out problems.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By DaveK
I only see a couple of things I would change. ...

I only see a couple of things I would change.

Move the tall foreground plants further back and get something that doesn't grow as tall.

The tank looks almost symmetrical with the high point in...
Forum: Lighting 06-04-2015, 02:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 201
Posted By DaveK
That's the problem, isn't it? Lighting is very...

That's the problem, isn't it? Lighting is very subjective and among the most debated subjects in the aquarium hobby. Everyone seems to have their own idea about what is "best".

I'd say that if...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 657
Posted By DaveK
"It's the stuff dreams are made of" Years...

"It's the stuff dreams are made of"

Years ago Dupla, when it was still owned by the founders, had a 10000 liter display tank. There are a few pictures of at the back of the book The Optimum...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 890
Posted By DaveK
If I had to pick one, it would be rummy nose...

If I had to pick one, it would be rummy nose tetras.

However, why not pick several different species and have a school of each? Select ones that live at different depths. In my own tank I have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By DaveK
I've got 2 in my 90 gal planted tank. I like them...

I've got 2 in my 90 gal planted tank. I like them a lot. It's a fish so ugly that it's cute. I don't find them to be a problem with cleaning up after them. They don't grow as large as some of the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-30-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 675
Posted By DaveK
Keep in mind that the plants are going to grow...

Keep in mind that the plants are going to grow and reproduce. You need a lot less than you think. Given time, you'll have a real jungle in there.

Also, if you plan to set up another tank, you'll...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-22-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 819
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion as soon as you say "no water...

In my opinion as soon as you say "no water changes" you have destroyed all credibility with your system, especially in a SW reef system.

Even if we ignore that, I don't see where the system offers...
Forum: Lighting 05-09-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By DaveK
Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling...

Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling that specific build outside of Europe.

However, all is not lost. Tell us what your trying to do with the lighting. There may be other bulbs or a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-13-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By DaveK
One of the problems you have with using an actual...

One of the problems you have with using an actual mirror is that over time the water will attack the back of the mirror and do a number on the metal that make is a mirror.

If you got to have this...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-12-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By DaveK
I've got to agree with mattinmd on this one. ...

I've got to agree with mattinmd on this one.

As for aquarium use, I think you would do better using something like Instant Ocean in small amounts.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-07-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By DaveK
Here is an excellent how to on using a glass...

Here is an excellent how to on using a glass bottle in your tank for decoration (offsite) - http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/put-a-bottle-in-your-tank.89105/

Yes, I know it's a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-07-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 747
Posted By DaveK
Have you calculated the weight? 20 x 20 x...

Have you calculated the weight?

20 x 20 x 12 = 4800 cu in
4800 / 231 = 20.78 gal convert to gal
20.78 x 8.3 = 172.47 pounds multiple by weight of water per gallon

By the time you set this...
Forum: Equipment 03-07-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By DaveK
I run mine sll the time, but there is no reason...

I run mine sll the time, but there is no reason you can't do something different. Every tank is different, so how you run the circulation pump can vary also.

Set it up the way you like it, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-17-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 506
Posted By DaveK
Consider the big advantage. With the additional...

Consider the big advantage. With the additional knowledge you can now take your planted tank to a new level.

I had kept planted tanks for years before finding this group, but they were only fair....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-09-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By DaveK
Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons,...

Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons, going from very good to very bad. Also, you do need to match the new water to the temp of your tank, or at least be very close.

A 50% water change at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-07-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 621
Posted By DaveK
A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and...

A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and fail. If your going to repair it, you will need to replace the entire piece of class. This can involve disassembly of the entire tank and rebuilding...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-29-2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By DaveK
Usually this is just air in the cold water coming...

Usually this is just air in the cold water coming out as micro bubbles when it comes out of the tap. However, water quality does vary over the season, and you can't be too careful.
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By DaveK
Personally I would not trust such shelving units...

Personally I would not trust such shelving units to hold a 40 gal tank. This is for several reasons.

The 3200 lb capacity is for weight distributed evenly across all 4 shelves or about 800 lbs...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-21-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By DaveK
I don't use backgrounds. By the time you get that...

I don't use backgrounds. By the time you get that planted tank really going, your not going to see much of a background anyway.

If I had a tank that was planned to be very open, then I'd use...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-04-2014, 01:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By DaveK
The problems I see the the quote in the op's post...

The problems I see the the quote in the op's post is that first, this was a reef system, and corals are going to be a lot more sensitive to any changes in water quality. Second, the person is using a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-16-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 659
Posted By DaveK
Ask yourself this question, are you willing to...

Ask yourself this question, are you willing to put your tank at risk just to use a piece of driftwood that you know can have issues?

Personally, I'd opt to use something else that I know will be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-16-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By DaveK
I feel a bit different about this. I'd take the...

I feel a bit different about this. I'd take the time to reseal the entire tank. You have to do most of the same prep work anyway, and sometimes it's tough to tell exactly where the leak is. It's also...
Forum: Equipment 08-25-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By DaveK
How many tanks are you planning? How large will...

How many tanks are you planning?
How large will they be?
What other filtration, if any, will you use?
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