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Forum: Lighting   12-14-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By AKnickolai
Beamswork makes a 60" 6500k LED strip that can be...

Beamswork makes a 60" 6500k LED strip that can be had for a pretty low price (~$130). Make sure you look at the 6500k strip, they also make some saltwater lights with blue LED's that won't do a...
Forum: Lighting   12-10-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By AKnickolai
If you built your own controller you can probably...

If you built your own controller you can probably handle building your own LED light. Probably the easiest way to get a full spectrum LED that is planted tank specific and controllable the way you...
Forum: Lighting   12-07-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 265
Posted By AKnickolai
I had some of the 15W LED modules that they sell...

I had some of the 15W LED modules that they sell on a 40G breeder for many years. The actual units are super nice and provide more uniform PAR front to back then Finnex lights as a reference point. ...
Forum: Lighting   12-05-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By AKnickolai
I agree with the lack of water column nutrient...

I agree with the lack of water column nutrient excess a huge contributor to why it works so well. Sometimes I notice nutrient deficiencies in my dirt tanks over time, this is usually a sign I need...
Forum: Lighting   12-05-2015, 02:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By AKnickolai
I have a dirt tank that I grow only slow growing...

I have a dirt tank that I grow only slow growing plants like crypts, anubias, and buces in. I have about 50-60 PAR at the substrate and have no algae problems. I think part of the key to that is...
Forum: DIY   12-04-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 815
Posted By AKnickolai
I've used both, it really doesn't matter which...

I've used both, it really doesn't matter which one you use. If you go with Grigg's design don't put any bio balls or media in it, it's not required. Both designs can end up with a CO2 bubble in...
Forum: DIY   12-01-2015, 04:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By AKnickolai
Since our eyes aren't very visually responsive to...

Since our eyes aren't very visually responsive to violet the tank really doesn't look any different with the violets on/off. There is a subtle difference in some of the blues on my buces, but you...
Forum: DIY   11-30-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By AKnickolai
DIY LED 80G Light Build

A few months ago I completely drained my 80 gallon tank to make it a dirt tank and decided it was a good time to swap the lights out too. I had been using a DIY light hood with 4 T5HO bulbs that...
Forum: DIY   11-11-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,430
Posted By AKnickolai
I would not worry about that. I've built stands...

I would not worry about that. I've built stands for 80-150 gallon tanks. Wood is amazingly strong as others have stated, skinning with plywood adds a ton of shear strength to the build. If you're...
Forum: DIY   11-01-2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 724
Posted By AKnickolai
I run an 80G tank with a sump and a Cerges...

I run an 80G tank with a sump and a Cerges reactor and it works fine. For the sump I would suggest and HMF style sump and just put a few sheets or Poret foam in there instead of worrying about...
Forum: Equipment   11-01-2015, 03:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,664
Posted By AKnickolai
I have an 80G tank with a 29G sump and it is the...

I have an 80G tank with a 29G sump and it is the way to go. As far as internals don't bother with baffles. Put a few pieces of Poret foam in there and you're done. Poret is pricey for foam, but...
Forum: Equipment   11-01-2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By AKnickolai
The corner filter is awesome IMO, but I love HMF...

The corner filter is awesome IMO, but I love HMF filters. I use a giant HMF sump for my 80G planted tank and the non corner version of an HMF on all my smaller tanks (which are used as Qtanks or...
Forum: Lighting   10-30-2015, 03:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,354
Posted By AKnickolai
I just left home for a few weeks for work, so I...

I just left home for a few weeks for work, so I can't post any pics for a while. But, I just built a DIY LED light for my 80G (48x20x20) tank using bridgelux vero 18 COBs (3 5600k and 3 2700k). ...
Forum: Fish   10-29-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 650
Posted By AKnickolai
My apistogramma actually does an an awesome job...

My apistogramma actually does an an awesome job of eating snails. Not sure if this is a common trait of theirs or not, but they are very cool fish.
Forum: DIY   10-24-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 622
Posted By AKnickolai
You might get better help on an arduino board,...

You might get better help on an arduino board, but post a sketch of your circuit and your code so folks can see what you are trying right now. It's hard to tell if that RTC includes the required...
Forum: Lighting   10-20-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By AKnickolai
Not sure about that model, but the Planted +...

Not sure about that model, but the Planted + internal board was quite a bit shorter than the aluminum housing. On that model, you can pull the LED board and an end cap to cut the aluminum down and...
Forum: Lighting   10-19-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 277
Posted By AKnickolai
I usually run 2 6500k daylight bulbs, 1 wave...

I usually run 2 6500k daylight bulbs, 1 wave point ultra growth, and 1 10,000k bulb. This combo yields a decent amount of light across the reactive wavelengths of photosynthesis without looking too...
Forum: Lighting   10-18-2015, 10:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By AKnickolai
Looks like a pretty wide angle reflector, so I...

Looks like a pretty wide angle reflector, so I don't think the beam will be too focussed. The lack of focus might be a little annoying if you have to raise them above the tank to get your desired...
Forum: Equipment   10-16-2015, 03:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 453
Posted By AKnickolai
Get a sump, they are the best! I have one on...

Get a sump, they are the best!

I have one on my 80G and I will never go back. My tank was a custom made acrylic, so the overflow is integral to the tank. Either drill your tank and do a bean...
Forum: Equipment   10-16-2015, 03:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By AKnickolai
The AC powerheads that have the reverse flow...

The AC powerheads that have the reverse flow option are designed to do so. If I remember right, this cuts their flow down by about %50. You can always put a valve on the outlet of the powerhead to...
Forum: Equipment   10-14-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By AKnickolai
None of the places that I get CO2 from locally...

None of the places that I get CO2 from locally will let you transport CO2 cylinders inside your vehicle, it's probably a good idea. While dumping a CO2 cylinder inside your car wouldn't harm you as...
Forum: Lighting   10-14-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By AKnickolai
That G23 bulb is a tough form factor to fit. A...

That G23 bulb is a tough form factor to fit. A mix of cool and warm white LEDs is the easiest combo of LED's that will grow stuff and look ok IMO. I do a 50/50 or 60/40 in favor of the cool 5600k...
Forum: DIY   10-12-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 595
Posted By AKnickolai
3/4" External threads 1-60L/min Water Flow Sensor...

3/4" External threads 1-60L/min Water Flow Sensor Flowmeter Hall Flow Sensor Water control: Science Lab Flowmeters: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

I think 3/4" is the max for that particular...
Forum: Lighting   10-09-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By AKnickolai
I really like the Wavepoint Ultra Growth wave, if...

I really like the Wavepoint Ultra Growth wave, if you look at it's spectrum it is very well tuned to the photosynthetic action spectrum. Mix it with a 6500K or 10000K to get the color temp you want...
Forum: Lighting   10-06-2015, 07:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,925
Posted By AKnickolai
Ever think about DIY? There's some work...

Ever think about DIY? There's some work involved, and you don't reduce the cost of the light much, but you get a better quality spectrum IMO. If I was going to buy a light it would be from BuildMy...
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