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Forum: Lighting   08-27-2013, 03:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By d3snoopy
I run two LED floods plus an incendescent flood...

I run two LED floods plus an incendescent flood over my 20 long. It's been running for a couple years now with pretty good results. I have them fairly high, and don't have CO2 or anything... so I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-01-2013, 12:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By d3snoopy
I have all three. And, I don't mess with the...

I have all three.

And, I don't mess with the water... I age it & use it the way it comes out of my tap. KH around 7 deg, GH around 11 deg, PH around 8.2. In my noob days I tried the "pH down"...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-31-2013, 08:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By d3snoopy
The water coming out of the unit will be very...

The water coming out of the unit will be very close to a ph of 7.

It will also have next to no buffering capacity, so from there it will swing easily anywhere you like, depending on what you add....
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   11-06-2012, 08:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,679
Posted By d3snoopy
Yes it is important. May I point out there are...

Yes it is important. May I point out there are more candidates on the ballot than two? You can also make a statement about how many choices you want.
Forum: Lighting   10-25-2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By d3snoopy
The short answer is probably not. The long...

The short answer is probably not.

The long answer is that you'd need to make sure that you did you homework. In the simplest form, that would mean replacing the bulbs with identical replacements....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-01-2012, 10:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,174
Posted By d3snoopy
Welcome. I'd say that the Nitrates not...

Welcome.

I'd say that the Nitrates not changing is probably a bad sign... I think you're on the right track in checking the ammonia. In fact, I tend to check ammonia before nitrite... ammonia is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-12-2012, 06:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By d3snoopy
I also skimmed the largest/floatiest of the...

I also skimmed the largest/floatiest of the debris off in 5gal buckets before I added dirt to my tank.

From here I'd suggest:

1. Skim off all of the stuff that's staying floating
2. Drain the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   09-12-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 906
Posted By d3snoopy
I'm pretty sure it just stays in the water column...

I'm pretty sure it just stays in the water column as a non-harmful ion until you remove it via water changes.

I dose it to a water aging bucket prior to adding it to the tank. The way I look at...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   07-23-2012, 01:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By d3snoopy
This. I do it based on the assumption that I...

This.

I do it based on the assumption that I can't necessarily trust the owner of the DB, even if they never leak it.
Forum: DIY   07-20-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 26,086
Posted By d3snoopy
I'm saying that I think the approach that most of...

I'm saying that I think the approach that most of the servo control guys take is simply to do something like:

Set N = 1.5ms (servos typically receive signals in the 1-2ms range @ ~60Hz)

Loop:...
Forum: DIY   07-19-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 26,086
Posted By d3snoopy
Forgive my ignorance, but aren't lower PWM...

Forgive my ignorance, but aren't lower PWM frequencies easier to do? I know there is lots of code out there related to servo control running at ~60Hz - I'd think that you'd just have convert from a...
Forum: DIY   07-16-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 26,086
Posted By d3snoopy
Love it. Tagging along. Once you have it...

Love it. Tagging along. Once you have it running well, you should get a batch of 20-40 made & sell em. I'd buy a couple.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-16-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By d3snoopy
2 Oscars in a 20Gal!

I was just at somebody's house. They had a pair of oscars in a 20 gal. I felt really bad for the fish, but I wasn't in a position to be able to say anything negative about it. The owner said that...
Forum: Fish   06-27-2012, 03:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,149
Posted By d3snoopy
A few thoughts: First, there are ammonia...

A few thoughts:

First, there are ammonia neutralizers out there that you can use to directly deal with ammonia in the tank - something like ammonia-detox. Note that it doesn't actually remove...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   06-21-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,803
Posted By d3snoopy
I think GH and TDS are tied to each other. If...

I think GH and TDS are tied to each other. If you raise GH, I'm pretty sure it will change your TDS. So.... I'd say you need to start with the RO/DI water and them buffer it up differently. I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-21-2012, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,177
Posted By d3snoopy
I have scuds in my tanks. They hitchhiked...

I have scuds in my tanks.

They hitchhiked from somewhere... I'm honestly not quite sure how they first arrived.

IME predatory fish don't eradicate them; they just keep their population under...
Forum: Fish   06-20-2012, 01:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 713
Posted By d3snoopy
Mine eat algae tabs.. I think. They look...

Mine eat algae tabs.. I think. They look healthy, but never go after any particular food while I'm watching.

I've never seen the "feeding frenzy" that the normal ones will do sometimes.

Mine...
Forum: Lighting   06-16-2012, 03:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Posted By d3snoopy
1. You probably do want to stick with Cree. In...

1. You probably do want to stick with Cree. In the long run, the better efficiency pays off. I think Bridgelux can come close, but AFAIK not the Chinese LEDs.

2. Find Hoppy's LED spacing...
Forum: DIY   06-14-2012, 03:23 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 39,446
Posted By d3snoopy
I don't think so. Super glue is cyano acryliate....

I don't think so. Super glue is cyano acryliate. It like something like weld-on is dicholromethane. They work on two different principles - super glue adds a plastic-ish compound between the...
Forum: Lighting   06-10-2012, 03:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,173
Posted By d3snoopy
Oldpunk: That's exactly why I built the...

Oldpunk: That's exactly why I built the spreadsheet. Given all of the options out there, I wanted a tool to parse through them... down to a flat, ballpark lighting "range."

Hoppy: I took a shot...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-07-2012, 07:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 402
Posted By d3snoopy
I also don't see any reason not to float them and...

I also don't see any reason not to float them and put up with the ugliness for a few weeks either. You're plants will most likely melt back... so I'd generally expect it to take a bit for your tank...
Forum: Lighting   06-01-2012, 01:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,173
Posted By d3snoopy
The short answer: I made them up. The long...

The short answer: I made them up.

The long answer: I tried to take a few "rules of thumb" into account... such as comparing results from your calculator and some reef estimates that I've picked...
Forum: Lighting   05-31-2012, 01:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,173
Posted By d3snoopy
LED Lighting Analysis Spreadsheet - Need your help!

Update: I have changed the attachment over to a RevA version.

A few details on the philosophy of the spreadsheet:

1. It doesn't try to do anything about figuring out varying intensities. It...
Forum: Fish   05-21-2012, 01:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,584
Posted By d3snoopy
I've never been convinced when people have...

I've never been convinced when people have mentioned it around here. IMO the most important part is making sure that you stabilize the water (some comes out with very high CO2, and thus low PH) and...
Forum: Fish   05-20-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By d3snoopy
Betta Activity?

I've had my Betta in the 20 long for about two months, after a quarantine. At first, he patrolled the waters relatively actively - when ever I'd check out the tank, he'd be cruising around looking...
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