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Forum: Lighting 09-23-2014, 02:37 AM
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Posted By cro117
LED flood light 30w 50w or 100w?

hi, i'm currently running 2 led 30ws and am pretty happy with their performance. one is on a reef tank and the other i just set up on a planted tank. i will soon be setting up a 24 x 24 x 96 tank and...
Forum: Lighting 11-19-2013, 04:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By cro117
with the type of lighting i was looking at i...

with the type of lighting i was looking at i can't find any that mention the par rating, so i figure i'll just go with whatever i find and test the par out after through a meter or trial and error. ...
Forum: Lighting 11-17-2013, 08:31 PM
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Posted By cro117
Need help finding a LED flood light.

hi, so i'm thinking about going with LED flood lights on my new tank, but shopping for them is becoming a bit overwhelming. browsers seem a bit overwhelmed with all the different variations.

the...
Forum: Lighting 07-12-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By cro117
those look like a good option, but is 36w too...

those look like a good option, but is 36w too much for 24" deep tank? i'm just doing freshwater plants with maybe discus. not corals or anything.
Forum: Lighting 07-12-2013, 04:44 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By cro117
flood lights are an option too. do you think i...

flood lights are an option too. do you think i could get more watts per $. the only reason i was favoring the screwing was versatility. if i decide 6500k isn't for me, its as simple as changing a...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-10-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By cro117
ok, here's an example of the mature soil you can...

ok, here's an example of the mature soil you can get from sand over time. there is fluorite mixed in too and that's mostly what you see on the surface, but it's mostly just playsand. you also have to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-10-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By cro117
i always prefer to get fish young and let them...

i always prefer to get fish young and let them grow in the system since most seem to adapt better to new environments when they are younger, so my original plan was a group of quarter size or...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-10-2013, 06:27 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By cro117
most of the time though "growout" conditions are...

most of the time though "growout" conditions are for dense stocking. i'm not sure how or why discus might differ, but they will have almost 100g per fish. unless they like seeing their reflection at...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-10-2013, 05:36 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By cro117
well the main thing i'm worried about with...

well the main thing i'm worried about with enriched soil, and generally pampering the plants in general, is balance. if i do too much for the plants needs then when i neglect it later down the road...
Forum: Lighting 07-10-2013, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By cro117
240g, 8x2x2. you mean for direction right? many...

240g, 8x2x2. you mean for direction right? many of the LED bulbs have a naturally low rang of illumination as it is, and if i do go with the 180 degree directional lighting, im not too worried about...
Forum: Lighting 07-10-2013, 05:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 612
Posted By cro117
Screw in LED fixtures.

ok, so i'm thinking for my lighting system a couple of bathroom vanity fixtures with screw in led bulbs, 7-13w. the bulbs i was thinking of where 6500k, 500-1000 lumens, depending on how many i put...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-10-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,365
Posted By cro117
i think filterless tanks if setup right can...

i think filterless tanks if setup right can actually be far safer and more stable for your fish. if 70% of your beneficial bacteria are housed in a filter media you can devastate a tank if something...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-09-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
i found the part where he said i "could tell you...

i found the part where he said i "could tell you whats in there, but then i'd have to kill you" funny, because at the store i worked at we used our own mud, and when i was told what was in it, i was...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-09-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
sweaden...psh. here in america we use coarse...

sweaden...psh. here in america we use coarse colored gravel to trap food so our fish don't get obese, and all our systems are connected in one big unit, so that if one fish is healthy and happy, he...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-09-2013, 06:16 PM
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Posted By cro117
i've always used playsand in the past, it seems...

i've always used playsand in the past, it seems permeable enough, as long as water will pass through diffusion will take care of the rest. i never even use water flow. in reef people often use the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-09-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
something kind of off topic from ecosystem builds...

something kind of off topic from ecosystem builds and all, but didn't want to start a new thread for something this small. i got a 3d background at a discount because it was damaged and i was...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-09-2013, 12:47 AM
Replies: 35
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Posted By cro117
i got the idea to post an ecosystem thread from...

i got the idea to post an ecosystem thread from reading a post from mxx, lol.

as far as the mineral balances i've pretty much been perfecting small scale testing for over 10 years now. all of my...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-04-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
ya, im thinking i might have to use a...

ya, im thinking i might have to use a mattenfilter, but don't they collect a lot of detritus and junk? oddly enough i actually want uneaten food and particles to settle on the bottom of the tank to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-03-2013, 02:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
if it works like the veggie batch i made before...

if it works like the veggie batch i made before it shouldn't be liquid, it would be like dropping a gummy bear into the tank. well, not quite that gummy, but you get the idea, the veggie one i made...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-03-2013, 01:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
i read somewhere a long time ago in an argument...

i read somewhere a long time ago in an argument on common fish myths about whether or not the whole fish hormone thing really exists, that the hormones if they did exist where biodegradable, and as...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-03-2013, 01:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
oh, liquifying it and freezing it was sort of my...

oh, liquifying it and freezing it was sort of my plan. why is that bad. i was going to mix everything together then blend it to an almost liquified state then mix it with a gelatin and let it cool...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-03-2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
oddly enough, i learned about mud filter sumps,...

oddly enough, i learned about mud filter sumps, aka deep sand beds, from a reef guy at the aquarium store i used to work at. i had been doing the ecosystem thing for a while before that, but i didn't...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-02-2013, 10:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
the thing that really has me worried at this...

the thing that really has me worried at this point is the lighting/humidity. if insulate the tank as much as im planing i'm hoping i can keep in a lot of heat from escaping the tank, but when i've...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-02-2013, 10:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
i'm not really worried about fish waste or even...

i'm not really worried about fish waste or even overfeeding at all, but when i said zero water changes i really meant water changes a few times a year. the setups i do never produce any nitrates,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-02-2013, 07:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,839
Posted By cro117
Another low-tech - zero water change - discus tank idea.

i have been keeping/breeding fish in ecosystem setups for years without filtration or water changes. the disadvantage is very low bioload. since i've only ever had tanks in the 20ish area before, 55g...
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