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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-22-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 688
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion as soon as you say "no water...

In my opinion as soon as you say "no water changes" you have destroyed all credibility with your system, especially in a SW reef system.

Even if we ignore that, I don't see where the system offers...
Forum: Lighting 05-09-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 154
Posted By DaveK
Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling...

Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling that specific build outside of Europe.

However, all is not lost. Tell us what your trying to do with the lighting. There may be other bulbs or a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-13-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 353
Posted By DaveK
One of the problems you have with using an actual...

One of the problems you have with using an actual mirror is that over time the water will attack the back of the mirror and do a number on the metal that make is a mirror.

If you got to have this...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-12-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By DaveK
I've got to agree with mattinmd on this one. ...

I've got to agree with mattinmd on this one.

As for aquarium use, I think you would do better using something like Instant Ocean in small amounts.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-07-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By DaveK
Here is an excellent how to on using a glass...

Here is an excellent how to on using a glass bottle in your tank for decoration (offsite) - http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/put-a-bottle-in-your-tank.89105/

Yes, I know it's a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-07-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By DaveK
Have you calculated the weight? 20 x 20 x...

Have you calculated the weight?

20 x 20 x 12 = 4800 cu in
4800 / 231 = 20.78 gal convert to gal
20.78 x 8.3 = 172.47 pounds multiple by weight of water per gallon

By the time you set this...
Forum: Equipment 03-07-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 440
Posted By DaveK
I run mine sll the time, but there is no reason...

I run mine sll the time, but there is no reason you can't do something different. Every tank is different, so how you run the circulation pump can vary also.

Set it up the way you like it, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-17-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 480
Posted By DaveK
Consider the big advantage. With the additional...

Consider the big advantage. With the additional knowledge you can now take your planted tank to a new level.

I had kept planted tanks for years before finding this group, but they were only fair....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-09-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By DaveK
Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons,...

Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons, going from very good to very bad. Also, you do need to match the new water to the temp of your tank, or at least be very close.

A 50% water change at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-07-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 563
Posted By DaveK
A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and...

A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and fail. If your going to repair it, you will need to replace the entire piece of class. This can involve disassembly of the entire tank and rebuilding...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-29-2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By DaveK
Usually this is just air in the cold water coming...

Usually this is just air in the cold water coming out as micro bubbles when it comes out of the tap. However, water quality does vary over the season, and you can't be too careful.
Forum: Equipment 12-21-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By DaveK
Personally I would not trust such shelving units...

Personally I would not trust such shelving units to hold a 40 gal tank. This is for several reasons.

The 3200 lb capacity is for weight distributed evenly across all 4 shelves or about 800 lbs...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-21-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 890
Posted By DaveK
I don't use backgrounds. By the time you get that...

I don't use backgrounds. By the time you get that planted tank really going, your not going to see much of a background anyway.

If I had a tank that was planned to be very open, then I'd use...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-04-2014, 01:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 488
Posted By DaveK
The problems I see the the quote in the op's post...

The problems I see the the quote in the op's post is that first, this was a reef system, and corals are going to be a lot more sensitive to any changes in water quality. Second, the person is using a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-16-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 639
Posted By DaveK
Ask yourself this question, are you willing to...

Ask yourself this question, are you willing to put your tank at risk just to use a piece of driftwood that you know can have issues?

Personally, I'd opt to use something else that I know will be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-16-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 340
Posted By DaveK
I feel a bit different about this. I'd take the...

I feel a bit different about this. I'd take the time to reseal the entire tank. You have to do most of the same prep work anyway, and sometimes it's tough to tell exactly where the leak is. It's also...
Forum: Equipment 08-25-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 218
Posted By DaveK
How many tanks are you planning? How large will...

How many tanks are you planning?
How large will they be?
What other filtration, if any, will you use?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-25-2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By DaveK
Rather that the exact size, figure out what you...

Rather that the exact size, figure out what you want to do with the tank, Some small tanks can be real gems. Other times a large tank can be fantastic. However, it's not that simple. Consider how you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-24-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,028
Posted By DaveK
I have also hear this over the years, but I...

I have also hear this over the years, but I question it. It if were true, beta breeders would do this since it would be a lot less expensive for them.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-21-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By DaveK
10+ tanks is getting up there. By your on...

10+ tanks is getting up there. By your on admission many need some work.

I'd suggest that you figure out one or two things you really want to keep and have only the one or two tanks needed to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-13-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 562
Posted By DaveK
That's more or less what I did when I changed out...

That's more or less what I did when I changed out my substrata. If your going to buy a 10 gal tank to use as a holding tank, I'd say get something a little larger, like a 15 gal, but if you already...
Forum: Equipment 08-13-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By DaveK
You could consider a Hydor Koralia Nano...

You could consider a Hydor Koralia Nano Circulation Pump. That's about what your looking for and within your price range.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By DaveK
Well, it's certainly something different, and...

Well, it's certainly something different, and it's their tank, so they can set it up the way they want.

It just seems so wrong next to all the planted tanks typically seen on this forum, which...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By DaveK
To switch substrata you in effect need to tear...

To switch substrata you in effect need to tear the tank down and set it up again. This isn't quite as bad as it sounds, but it's a lot of work. Save as much water as you can, and don't disturm the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-17-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By DaveK
Do you need to have CO2 with high light, no you...

Do you need to have CO2 with high light, no you don't. You can still keep some plants and get a lot of good growth.

However, I'd rate CO2 as highly desirable, especially in a large tank.

How...
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