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Forum: Equipment   05-12-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 27,035
Posted By Wasserpest
In my case, mineral oil managed to migrate...

In my case, mineral oil managed to migrate through the check valves into the needle valves and made a big mess. YMMV.

The higher your bubble rate, the more inconvenient is using water. It...
Forum: Plants   05-11-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 405
Posted By Wasserpest
I think the fake plant was made to resemble...

I think the fake plant was made to resemble Bamboo leaves perhaps? (that's a terrestric plant, don't put bamboo into your tank).

Honestly, the fish won't care, and one could argue that they would...
Forum: Tank Journals   05-05-2017, 12:14 AM
Replies: 497
Views: 116,551
Posted By Wasserpest
Awwww... Thanks for posting your first post here....

Awwww... Thanks for posting your first post here. I feel honored.

Yeah, sometimes I miss the beast. Best moments were probably when I raised the cover, and hung my head over the warm water...
Forum: Fish   04-06-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 925
Posted By Wasserpest
Yes, it has happened. ...

Yes, it has happened.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piranha#Attacks
Forum: Lighting   03-17-2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 491
Posted By Wasserpest
We all make mistakes once in a while. Thanks for...

We all make mistakes once in a while. Thanks for reporting and carry on!
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-03-2016, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By Wasserpest
One of the requirements for successful...

One of the requirements for successful application of EI is that you religiously do 50% water changes every week. I would start with half doses, because if your plants are somewhat algae ridden, they...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-30-2016, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By Wasserpest
Steve - welcome to the Planted Tank! ...

Steve - welcome to the Planted Tank!

Assuming we are talking about a planted tank, if your NO3 and PO4 levels are undetectable, I would suggest to start dosing right away. Now remember that saying...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-16-2016, 05:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,100
Posted By Wasserpest
50% of the $1/gal new price. So 50c/gal for used...

50% of the $1/gal new price. So 50c/gal for used tanks. Again, this is for UP TO 55gal tanks.



Yep definitely need to make regional adjustments. Prolly double for NY.



Yeah, depends on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-16-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,100
Posted By Wasserpest
Some things depreciate faster than others. The...

Some things depreciate faster than others. The $1600 maxed out Dell Laptop that I got 6 years ago, plus 2 docking stations, upgraded fast and large SSD, all in perfect condition, would probably fetch...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-16-2016, 04:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,100
Posted By Wasserpest
The $/gal up to 55gals is for NEW tanks. I would...

The $/gal up to 55gals is for NEW tanks. I would start with 50% for anything used (in impeccable condition). Much less if scratched etc.
Now for larger tanks, I'd agree with Seattle, a good starting...
Forum: Equipment   05-18-2016, 03:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,110
Posted By Wasserpest
Got it a few years back, I think I have the V2. ...

Got it a few years back, I think I have the V2.

Final opinion: Strong, quiet filter with long maintenance intervals. I love it. Originally the covers were crap, but they fixed them.

It's still...
Forum: Substrate   04-27-2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By Wasserpest
Agreed, earthworm castings are the soul of the...

Agreed, earthworm castings are the soul of the soil. But soybean meal, fish bone meal, kelp meal, aloe vera, yucca extract may all foul up the water. If you do some research about "Pro Moisture...
Forum: Substrate   04-26-2016, 09:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By Wasserpest
Welcome to the Planted Tank! I wouldn't use...

Welcome to the Planted Tank!
I wouldn't use that. There is a lot of stuff in there that may (or not) play havoc with your water chemistry and the future inhabitants. Aloe and Yucca sounds harmless...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-11-2016, 05:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By Wasserpest
Yes, I was referring to CFL screw-in bulbs....

Yes, I was referring to CFL screw-in bulbs. However, there are also cheap Phillips (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Philips-60W-Equivalent-Daylight-A19-LED-Light-Bulb-4-Pack-460329/206557595) or TCP LED...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   04-08-2016, 09:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,401
Posted By Wasserpest
It seems like this thread has outlived its...

It seems like this thread has outlived its usefulness. So now it is closed. :laugh2:
Forum: DIY   04-08-2016, 06:01 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 36,440
Posted By Wasserpest
Same here - mine has outlived the tank it...

Same here - mine has outlived the tank it controlled for > 5 years. Disconnected, but ready for any future projects.
I don't even have the heart to sell it. :x
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-08-2016, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Posted By Wasserpest
In theory, yes. But you will find that most...

In theory, yes. But you will find that most commercial "lawn food" is granulated, or even encapsulated into little slow release packages. That helps the granules go down to the soil surface and...
Forum: Plants   04-07-2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 30,663
Posted By Wasserpest
I always noticed with AR, if I cut it in half and...

I always noticed with AR, if I cut it in half and stuck the top sections back into the substrate, it would always struggle for a while, until it had grown a decent root system.

On the flipside, I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   04-07-2016, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By Wasserpest
Yay! That 15W bulb isn't enough to really...

Yay!

That 15W bulb isn't enough to really grow plants. It will maintain them for a little while. As for money, you can buy some (two?) of those clip-on reflectors and some daylight CFL bulbs, all...
Forum: Fish   04-01-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,501
Posted By Wasserpest
Yes - I feed my fish that way, about 90% of the...

Yes - I feed my fish that way, about 90% of the time. They have lived long lives, if that counts for anything. Mostly Blood & White Worms (mosquito larvae really), some Krill, Daphnia, some Veggies....
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-30-2016, 10:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By Wasserpest
The Water Wisteria (Hygro difformis) would fall...

The Water Wisteria (Hygro difformis) would fall into the (potentially) fast-growing category. The others not so much.

Low lighting = slow growing. So the whole idea about using plants to eat up...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   03-28-2016, 09:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Posted By Wasserpest
Welcome to the Planted Tank! One way to get...

Welcome to the Planted Tank!

One way to get rid of Nitrites and other N-compounds is to stuff your tank full of fast-growing, healthy plants. They love to eat Nitrates and Ammonium, and will get...
Forum: Equipment   03-28-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Wasserpest
Welcome to the Planted Tank(s)! :) I would...

Welcome to the Planted Tank(s)! :)

I would not cover the filter inlet with substrate, and instead extend it above the substrate. Finer particles (EC) have a tendency to work their way down into...
Forum: Important Update/Announcements   03-23-2016, 03:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,096
Posted By Wasserpest
Since the last post in 2011, this website has...

Since the last post in 2011, this website has seen many changes. Unfortunately, with that some of the existing functionality has stopped to work as intended, and has not been restored so far.
If you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-08-2016, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,003
Posted By Wasserpest
Jr is right. There are a few things at work here....

Jr is right. There are a few things at work here. "Head" doesn't really apply, as a canister filter is a closed system, unlike a sump, where head matters a lot.
Increasing the vertical distance...
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