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Forum: Tank Journals   05-23-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 19,131
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Mr Aqua 17.1

[QUOTE=kman;5338346]Here goes nuthin'!

I did it. I tore down my old Fluval Edge ( tank and upgraded to my first "serious" tank. It's a Mr....
Forum: Tank Journals   05-16-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,451
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Placement Of Eheim Canister Filter

Canister filters are gravity fed, so they should be beneath an aquarium to function properly.

The manufacturer should also include a minimum height requirement for their filter so that
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-12-2015, 07:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,544
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Cleaning Your Canister Filter

The amount of time that passes before you must clean your canister filter depends on the size of your aquarium and its bio load.

The filter being used on a well or overstocked aquarium is...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   05-11-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,145
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Setting Up Shrimp Tank

Being as how I have never done a shrimp tank before should I add Co2 or fertilizers? I've read that these can be harmful to the shrimp but I want my Micro Sword to survive.
Forum: Plants   05-08-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 13,843
Posted By Jimmyblues
Getting Dwarf Hairgrass To Carpet

Two watts of light per gallon is barely enough to get dwarf hairgrass to carpet. At least 3 watts per gallon is good, and four watts per gallon is even better, as it will allow for much faster...
Forum: Equipment   04-29-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,208
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Eheim Classic Series

I agree. The Eheim Classic filters are the best of the Eheim lineup. They are the least expensive and most reliable. Eheim's more expensive filters are very gimmicky and prone to fail over time. ...
Forum: Algae   04-21-2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 92,598
Posted By Jimmyblues
BBA Infestation

[QUOTE=mr hyde;125628]My tank's been infested with bba for the last 6 months. I've been reading the advice on the board off and

You don't mention if you turn your injected CO2 off at night. ...
Forum: Equipment   04-11-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,861
Posted By Jimmyblues
Vortex Diatom Filter Cleanings

You don't want to leave the Vortex Diatom filter sitting idle for any length of time
of you will find fungus growing inside the filter canister. You are better off cleaning the Vortex every time...
Forum: Equipment   01-13-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 24,944
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Fluval 305 Not Priming

I have a pair of Fluval 305s and a 106. The only time I have a problem with them priming is after I remove the intake tube to clean it. It takes awhile to get the filters to prime again after this....
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   09-09-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 14,008
Posted By Jimmyblues
CO2 And Dwarf Shrimp

I was also concerned about adding some RCS to my planted aquaria, since
I use DIY CO2. However, it's turned out not be problematic, since unlike
pressurized CO2, DIY CO2 tends not to overwhelm an...
Forum: Substrate   06-05-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,691
Posted By Jimmyblues
Using Fluval Plant Or Shrimp Stratum For A Planted Aquarium

The plant and shrimp stratums sold by Fluval are made of the same material, however, I believe that the shrimp stratum is a bit larger, so that it can be used with various types of dwarf shrimp.

Forum: Substrate   05-06-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,820
Posted By Jimmyblues
RE: Using Fluorite Or ECO-Complete To Grow Dwarf Hairgrass

I have tried to grow dwarf hairgrass and microsword in both ECO-Complete and Fluorite, with no luck whatsoever. The plants would not die off, however, they would not throw off a root system so that...
Forum: Equipment   02-25-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,869
Posted By Jimmyblues
UPDATE: This neat little tank has turned out to...

UPDATE: This neat little tank has turned out to be ideal for raising red cherry shrimp fry as well as guppy fry. As they grow out they get transferred to larger tanks so that this nano tank can...
Forum: Lighting   11-01-2013, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,654
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Lighting For A Mr. Aqua 11.4 Gallon Tank

I've found that low powered LED lights will not grow carpeting plants such as dwarf hairgrass and microsword. I don't how many watts the Finnex LED lights have, however,
I believe that they are...
Forum: Equipment   08-13-2013, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,523
Posted By Jimmyblues
I've been considering purchasing a Marineland ...

I've been considering purchasing a Marineland 350 to use as a diatom filter for a small Panda Cory tank that I own which has atypical dimensions. Specifically, it's a 1/2 15; meaning...
Forum: Equipment   07-30-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,215
Posted By Jimmyblues
Eheim 2211 VS 2213 On 10 - 20 gallon Aquariums

I use both Eheim 2211s and 2213s on my planted aquaria. I have four 2211s on tanks ranging from 7.5 to 13.3 gallons, and they work quite well.

In fact, in my opinion, the 2211 could easily filter...
Forum: Equipment   06-30-2013, 09:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,407
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Diatom Filter

I have several planted aquaria and I use uv sterilizers on all of the high-tech ones. This leaves the water crystal clear. In the old days uv sterilizers were very expensive, however, with...
Forum: Equipment   06-30-2013, 09:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,407
Posted By Jimmyblues
In my experience a tank with green water has a...

In my experience a tank with green water has a water column that is loaded with excess nutrients which allows algae spores to replicate exponentially. I began to experience this problem with my...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-25-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,531
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Fluval Edge Prefilters

I use the Fluval Edge prefilters on the intake tubes of several of my canister and hob filters, to prevent fry that I have in my aquariums from being sucked up into these filters. They easily fit...
Forum: Equipment   06-06-2013, 05:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 24,944
Posted By Jimmyblues
Re: Priming The Fluval 305 After Cleaning It

I've got two Fluval 305's and I had the same situation occur after I cleaned them out. The mistake I made was to remove the Fluval ribbed hosing to clean that as well.

This broke the suction from...
Forum: DIY   04-24-2013, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,653
Posted By Jimmyblues
DIY CO2 Mixture Duration

I use a 2L bottle, 2 cups of granulated sugar and a heaping teaspoon of SAF yeast (the quality of instant yeast varies and can make a substantial difference in the length of time this concoction can...
Forum: Equipment   04-21-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 21,368
Posted By Jimmyblues
Fluval 305 VS 306

I have a few Fluval 305's and a Fluval 106. There are a few improvements in the 06 version, however, nothing earth shattering.

The Aquastop feature on both is nice, however, cheaply made, and...
Forum: Lighting   04-21-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,659
Posted By Jimmyblues
Inexpensive Fluor escent Lights OutPerform Inexpensive LED Lighting In My Experience

I have not been able to find an inexpensive LED light that can outperform an inexpensive fluorescent light, when it comes to watts per gallon.

With the new LED technology there's the belief that...
Forum: Equipment   04-13-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,271
Posted By Jimmyblues
Eheim 2213 VS Fluval 106

I have the 2213 and the 106 and think they are both excellent filters.

I had an Eheim in the early 1980's and liked it. However, those were the days before Eheim included its quick change hose...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-11-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,889
Posted By Jimmyblues
[QUOTE=lobsterbib;1698907]I keep reading how if...

[QUOTE=lobsterbib;1698907]I keep reading how if you have moderate to high light, you need steady/reliable (ie NOT DIY) CO2 or you get algal growth.

What is the reason behind this?
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