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Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   01-17-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,704
Posted By sarahspins
Yup.. they are crayfish here, although some of us...

Yup.. they are crayfish here, although some of us in the south call them crawdads :)
Forum: Fish   01-16-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By sarahspins
No, but they sure got rid of the s.repens in that...

No, but they sure got rid of the s.repens in that tank... I still have it growing in another :)
Forum: Equipment   01-16-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 410
Posted By sarahspins
For freshwater, DI is more of an extra option...

For freshwater, DI is more of an extra option than a necessity (it is more to avoid any "extras" in your water with reef tanks) - however, I want to add that you can always choose to add this on...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   01-15-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By sarahspins
What is the GH in your tank? I killed off 99% of...

What is the GH in your tank? I killed off 99% of my snails when I let mine get a little too low for a while (fish/plants were fine)... if they can't grow their shells they won't last very long :)
Forum: Equipment   01-15-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,237
Posted By sarahspins
They shouldn't, but if the relay inside is stuck...

They shouldn't, but if the relay inside is stuck "on" then they will - that's the most common way that these heaters fail.
Forum: Fish   01-15-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 577
Posted By sarahspins
My rummynose figured out it was tasty when I...

My rummynose figured out it was tasty when I finally had a nice carpet going in my 55 - and it was all gone in less than two weeks.
Forum: DIY   01-14-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,359
Posted By sarahspins
I just on a lark cut up one of my finnex lights...

I just on a lark cut up one of my finnex lights and was able to hook it up to a current ramp timer without even taking it apart.. I just used one of those DC plug adapters with screw terminals (I...
Forum: Lighting   01-14-2015, 02:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By sarahspins
24/7: Fully adjustable 7000k and RGB LEDs. Built...

24/7: Fully adjustable 7000k and RGB LEDs. Built in timer cycling the color and intensity to mimic sunset and sunrise.
Forum: Fish   01-13-2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,223
Posted By sarahspins
When I fully clean my canisters (2 or 3 times a...

When I fully clean my canisters (2 or 3 times a year) nothing much gets blown back into the tank - if it did, I would wonder if I wasn't cleaning them well enough. I do clean out the first stage...
Forum: Equipment   01-13-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 585
Posted By sarahspins
DICI is a brand.

DICI is a brand.
Forum: Substrate   01-13-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 923
Posted By sarahspins
20/40 is what you want, the 30/60 is very fine,...

20/40 is what you want, the 30/60 is very fine, almost powdery - it's more similar to the carib-sea tahitian moon black sand, which is really too fine.

I've used both (I got the 30/60 on accident...
Forum: Fish   01-13-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 496
Posted By sarahspins
I bought one of these about two years ago and it...

I bought one of these about two years ago and it took what felt like MONTHS before it started to grow, but eventually it did and ultimately grew out without any problems.

I suspect they are highly...
Forum: Lighting   01-13-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By sarahspins
BTW, I agree with this - I have current's dual...

BTW, I agree with this - I have current's dual ramp timers set up on both of my aquariums and my vivariums, and I love that I can simply tweak the light level rather than ONLY being limited by...
Forum: Lighting   01-13-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By sarahspins
I think this is a loaded question which a lot of...

I think this is a loaded question which a lot of the replies are overlooking... too little light with LEDs is just as bad as too little light with anything else when it comes to plants.. but that...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-11-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By sarahspins
I do, I remineralize and hold RO water for water...

I do, I remineralize and hold RO water for water changes in a 50 gallon trash can (at some point I plan on replacing that with some kind of holding tank instead, but this has been working fine for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-10-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,134
Posted By sarahspins
Watching for problems mainly - it may be working...

Watching for problems mainly - it may be working well enough for you, but not everyone has tap water that they can just blindly dump into their tanks and hope for the best. It didn't work for me (my...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-10-2015, 04:17 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,861
Posted By sarahspins
Are you feeding them out of the cone shaped...

Are you feeding them out of the cone shaped thing? What is it?
Forum: Fish   01-10-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 667
Posted By sarahspins
I think of a crash more as a hardware failure of...

I think of a crash more as a hardware failure of some kind, like a CO2 dump or a heater overheating, not just general neglect or ignorance... but I tend to think that most people consider a crash to...
Forum: Equipment   01-10-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,392
Posted By sarahspins
I have two 306's and one of them chatters a tiny...

I have two 306's and one of them chatters a tiny bit... I even replaced the impeller about a year ago hoping that would help, but it didn't really make any difference. What I hear is not super loud...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   01-09-2015, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,841
Posted By sarahspins
Agreed, but it's $15 more and it's harder to find...

Agreed, but it's $15 more and it's harder to find short lily pipes in the right size.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   01-09-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,841
Posted By sarahspins
My experience with these (I have had 3 of them,...

My experience with these (I have had 3 of them, still using 2) is that fine tuning them for really low output isn't that touchy.. it's actually harder to dial in a reliable bubble count at higher...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-09-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,134
Posted By sarahspins
Yeah, so my advice is not to keep any fish if...

Yeah, so my advice is not to keep any fish if that's your goal.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   01-09-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 780
Posted By sarahspins
I second the advice to go a little bigger - I...

I second the advice to go a little bigger - I dismantled both of my 10g tanks over the past year because they were perpetually overgrown... I am much happier with my 20 gallon (not long) because it's...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-09-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 989
Posted By sarahspins
There should have been a date code printed above...

There should have been a date code printed above the label on the bottles. My tests that I bought over 2 years ago don't expire until 2017, so they have a fairly long shelf life.

That said, I...
Forum: Lighting   01-09-2015, 12:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,488
Posted By sarahspins
I have several current ramp timers running...

I have several current ramp timers running multiple beamswork fixtures (most are on vivariums, not aquariums), and they do work fine, for the most part. I can say that a few of them needed longer DC...
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