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Forum: Fish 11-17-2013, 11:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,357
Posted By sarahspins
+1 to this - my schooling fish didn't school well...

+1 to this - my schooling fish didn't school well until I added another filter to their tank, now they're almost always in a school. I think the increased flow increases their need to keep close...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-24-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 632
Posted By sarahspins
8 hours without power is really not a problem. ...

8 hours without power is really not a problem. We had a downed power line a few months ago that left us without power for about 16 hours (7pm-11am) and with everything else going on (such as the...
Forum: DIY 09-26-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By sarahspins
I've never had a problem just using metal shears...

I've never had a problem just using metal shears with mine.. it's the easiest way to cut it I've found.
Forum: Tank Journals 09-07-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,983
Posted By sarahspins
That's called a faucet ;)

That's called a faucet ;)
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-30-2013, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 629
Posted By sarahspins
Arduino is really fairly simple to learn.. my 12...

Arduino is really fairly simple to learn.. my 12 year old was working on projects on his own when he was only 9 or 10.

My advice, before you worry about any code, is to figure out what you really...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-29-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 969
Posted By sarahspins
Maybe a kind reminder that a child can drown in a...

Maybe a kind reminder that a child can drown in a bucket with only a few inches of water.... a tank or other "body of water" isn't even required.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-29-2013, 05:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By sarahspins
That doesn't imply that they replace anything......

That doesn't imply that they replace anything... all it means is that they did their best to match up the original contents with what remains of the packaging. Typically when a package is damaged in...
Forum: Equipment 07-26-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By sarahspins
Last September during petco's $1 per gallon sale...

Last September during petco's $1 per gallon sale they had that ridiculous 50% off your entire purchase coupon that went viral. I bought my 55 gallon and some other things with it.. but it still...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-20-2013, 01:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,582
Posted By sarahspins
I have a tank right next to a SOUTH facing...

I have a tank right next to a SOUTH facing window. No algae issues with that tank... but I do have solar screens on that window so it doesn't get as much light shining through as it could.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-16-2013, 03:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,754
Posted By sarahspins
What I keep seeing a lot of are tanks listed as...

What I keep seeing a lot of are tanks listed as one size (usually larger than they really are) that are clearly not.... typically these are 40 breeder tanks listed as "80-90 gallons".

Then there...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-13-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By sarahspins
The aquatek works well but in my experience the...

The aquatek works well but in my experience the bubble count is artificially high because of the way the silicone valve inside produces relatively small bubbles compared to a JBJ style counter. This...
Forum: Finnex / Schuber Wright 07-13-2013, 02:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 506
Posted By sarahspins
20" is perfect :)

20" is perfect :)
Forum: Plants 07-13-2013, 02:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 716
Posted By sarahspins
Most of the stems will pull apart, you don't need...

Most of the stems will pull apart, you don't need to clip them and most are about 1 1/2" long so I'm not sure how much you'd want to cut off that without making it too difficult to get them to stay...
Forum: DIY 07-13-2013, 02:09 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,169
Posted By sarahspins
Arduino isn't difficult but it is much more...

Arduino isn't difficult but it is much more expensive than you need for this (you'd need an arduino board AND some kind of motor shield to be able to run enough power to the motor, which would run...
Forum: DIY 07-13-2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,169
Posted By sarahspins
It is because you get no torque adjusting the...

It is because you get no torque adjusting the current with a pot.. that's why in most applications like this motor speed is controlled by PWM (like dimming LED lights).
Forum: Equipment 07-12-2013, 10:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 733
Posted By sarahspins
Since the cartridges are a "zero bypass" design,...

Since the cartridges are a "zero bypass" design, they require a bit more upkeep than other kinds of filters where the water can work it's way around clogged filter elements.

How much particulate...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By sarahspins
Looks like substrate is simply built up behind...

Looks like substrate is simply built up behind the rocks, and allowed to spill over naturally. With a dry start the roots will also help "lock" the substrate in place.
Forum: DIY 07-12-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 844
Posted By sarahspins
Yeah, I planned on macros for my 55... mostly I...

Yeah, I planned on macros for my 55... mostly I think my tank would benefit from a more regular dosing schedule. Sometimes I forget, or do them late, etc.
Forum: DIY 07-12-2013, 03:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 844
Posted By sarahspins
I just ordered one from that site a few days ago....

I just ordered one from that site a few days ago. It shipped yesterday so hopefully I will have it to try out soon.
Forum: Equipment 07-12-2013, 02:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 526
Posted By sarahspins
I've used both... the reactor definitely...

I've used both... the reactor definitely dissolves better (fewer micro bubbles in the water), but the inline does a decent job of injecting CO2. I am using the inline diffusers on all of my smaller...
Forum: Plants 07-11-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 10,156
Posted By sarahspins
Yes, if you look at my pictures earlier in the...

Yes, if you look at my pictures earlier in the thread, after just a week they filled out a LOT.
Forum: Fish 07-11-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By sarahspins
I have 15+ in my 55 and I only ever see the...

I have 15+ in my 55 and I only ever see the babies out and about on a regular basis (mine had at least one successful spawn, I see half a dozen juveniles regularly). I occasionally see the bigger...
Forum: Algae 07-11-2013, 04:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By sarahspins
I haven't had algae on my tanks in... a really...

I haven't had algae on my tanks in... a really long time. The last time I took a scraper to the glass inside any of my tanks was to get some hard water deposits off that were left behind under a...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-10-2013, 03:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 548
Posted By sarahspins
No way is your water at 4gh out of a rodi filter....

No way is your water at 4gh out of a rodi filter.

Tds of 0 means no GH and no kh....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-10-2013, 03:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 416
Posted By sarahspins
How is it possible to have a TDS that high using...

How is it possible to have a TDS that high using RO water? When I was still using straight tap water with a TDS out of the tap at 360 my TDS in my tanks was only at most in the low to mid 400's.
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