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Forum: Low Tech Forum   12-31-2013, 08:11 AM
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Posted By BJWTech
I think I need a microscope. ;) Sent from my...

I think I need a microscope. ;)

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Forum: Low Tech Forum   12-31-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By BJWTech
Exclamation Identify something for me?

I have a Walstad style 10 gallon tank that has been going for about 18 months now. I have some stow away snails and a healthy and slowly reproducing crop of assassin snails.I also have five oto cats...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-24-2012, 09:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
Testing params

Here are some tests.....

Google Shared Doc (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As5aWg6a32eYdFB6NjRtWUFjRHYwQXgxQl9HX2puNWc)

What are your thoughts on the results? Ok for what I got...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-21-2012, 11:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
So I 'rescued' a single Otto at PetsSmart. If all...

So I 'rescued' a single Otto at PetsSmart. If all goes well I'll get 5 more on Thursday when they get their shipment. Hopefully before they get on their tanks. :)

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Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-21-2012, 06:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
Update!

Well I got back from Vegas to find a very stained tank! The plants seem to be doing ok. The light was low due to the staining and my ludwigia grew to the top albeit a thin growth. I decided to do a...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-19-2012, 03:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
I think I am going to go with 5-6 Otto's, some...

I think I am going to go with 5-6 Otto's, some nerite and trumpet snails and some blue pearl shrimp. I think it wil be a nice lil' habitat. :)

Current Flora;

Floating: Riccia Fluitans
Left BG:...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-16-2012, 03:17 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By BJWTech
Hollow all the way through. :)

Hollow all the way through. :)
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-15-2012, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
I had to leave the tank to it's own devices for a...

I had to leave the tank to it's own devices for a week. Vegas baby! We will see how it fares... :)
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-14-2012, 06:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
I am thinking a shrimp tank....

I am thinking a shrimp tank....
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-13-2012, 10:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-13-2012, 07:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
Thanks! Does the top soil tend to lower pH? I am...

Thanks! Does the top soil tend to lower pH? I am hoping so...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-13-2012, 04:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
Thank you! Hoping to get the tannins out over the...

Thank you! Hoping to get the tannins out over the next month or so with frequent water changes....
Forum: Low Tech Forum   10-13-2012, 01:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,695
Posted By BJWTech
10 Gallon Low Tech - Take Two!

Well after realizing my 10 Gallon Tank had a slow leak, I decided to try a better aquascape on this endeavor.

I am using a 10 Gallon Petsmart Kit. I replaced the bulbs with 15 watt 6500k spiral...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-02-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By BJWTech
The darn tank had a small leak..... Lovely! Will...

The darn tank had a small leak..... Lovely! Will the plants survive if I give them light and keep them submerged? I will exchange the tank later today.

Thanks!
Forum: Low Tech Forum   09-01-2012, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By BJWTech
10 gallon dirt tank....

This is a test for my 90 gallon. A little under an inch of earthgro topsoil and about the same amount of black sand. Lighting is 1 10w 6500k cfl.

Cruddy cellphone pics.....


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Forum: Lighting   08-27-2012, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By BJWTech
OK, here is another thought.... What if I use the...

OK, here is another thought.... What if I use the T8 fixture it has? What bulb would be the best on top of the glass?

Thanks again...
Forum: Lighting   08-27-2012, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By BJWTech
Ok, well my height is kinda fixed, unless I build...

Ok, well my height is kinda fixed, unless I build a canopy. And I really do not want to at this point. So what would you recommend for a height of 25-26" above substrate?

Thanks for your help...
Forum: Lighting   08-27-2012, 06:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By BJWTech
As far as lighting... Thinking of mounting this...

As far as lighting... Thinking of mounting this (http://www.amazon.com/Solarmaxhe2-Double-10000k-Strip-led/dp/B003I5ZP4U/ref=sr_1_16?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1346046279&sr=1-16&keywords=t5+48%22)...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-27-2012, 06:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,470
Posted By BJWTech
As far as lighting... Thinking of mounting this...

As far as lighting... Thinking of mounting this (http://www.amazon.com/Solarmaxhe2-Double-10000k-Strip-led/dp/B003I5ZP4U/ref=sr_1_16?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1346046279&sr=1-16&keywords=t5+48%22)...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-23-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,470
Posted By BJWTech
I updated the water/substrate testing. It seems...

I updated the water/substrate testing. It seems the substrate mix raised the pH of the R/O water. The Tap water has gone down in pH by the same factor in both the R/O water and the tap water. I think...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-23-2012, 07:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,470
Posted By BJWTech
So it seems the tank is holding steady. I am just...

So it seems the tank is holding steady. I am just going to roll with it.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-21-2012, 02:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,470
Posted By BJWTech
Hmmn, I may not be able to get the lights that...

Hmmn, I may not be able to get the lights that high... I'll have to work that out. Say the lights were 5 inches or so, should I use a wider reflector?

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Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-21-2012, 02:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,470
Posted By BJWTech
I have been water testing for 4 days now. I...

I have been water testing for 4 days now. I noticed small bubbles forming on the edges of the silicon where it meets the flat part of the glass. I wipe them and after half a day or so they reform. Is...
Forum: Lighting   08-20-2012, 12:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By BJWTech
Need help with lighting design.

Ok, I have a (47"Wide X 17.25"Deep X 22"High) 75-80 gallon tank. I am wanting to do a Walstad style tank. Low/Meduim light (1.5 watts/gallon?).

This is what I was thinking....

This is the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   08-20-2012, 12:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,470
Posted By BJWTech
So I am doing some water/dirt tests.... ...

So I am doing some water/dirt tests....

Check it out here. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As5aWg6a32eYdEJpSzNYTFhMeFE1eTNXTi0xQnpvVVE#gid=0) I will be updating this spreadsheet as I...
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