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Forum: Equipment 08-17-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By exv152
Agree with the others, I would even add that you...

Agree with the others, I would even add that you should aim for a 1 full unit drop in pH (ex. pH of 7 pre-co2, & a low of 6 after) That is just a rule of thumb though, it's more accurate to monitor...
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 500
Posted By exv152
So do the eheim ecco filters. I'm...

So do the eheim ecco filters.



I'm using glass lily pipes made by VIV that I bought on the bay for $20 shipped all-in. You just have to search well for them.
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 500
Posted By exv152
I use the slightly older eheim ecco 2232 version...

I use the slightly older eheim ecco 2232 version (which is now called the ecco 130) on a 7g cube and it works great. Should be fine for a 5g.
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 254
Posted By exv152
^^ Agree. I'd say you're already at either med or...

^^ Agree. I'd say you're already at either med or low-end high PAR, depending on the quality of your reflectors, ballast etc. I would recommend beginning with what you have, and adding co2, from...
Forum: Equipment 08-12-2015, 01:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By exv152
I use both, curved (S shape) and straight...

I use both, curved (S shape) and straight scissors & tweezers. I find the curve is useful for tighter spots, smaller tanks, and harder to reach corners where you don't want to damage other plants.
...
Forum: Equipment 08-12-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By exv152
The bottom line, to this endless debate about...

The bottom line, to this endless debate about what's the better regulator option, just comes down to one thing - are you willing and able to build your own? If your answer to that is no, for whatever...
Forum: Lighting 08-12-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By exv152
I've used the zoo med flora sun 5000k, and the...

I've used the zoo med flora sun 5000k, and the ultra sun 6500k, with good results, for less cost.
...
Forum: Lighting 08-12-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 898
Posted By exv152
I also got a 125g (72"x18"x22") and I'm using 2...

I also got a 125g (72"x18"x22") and I'm using 2 dutch XB series BMLs because when I did all my research prior to ordering, I was advised that a 10k and a dutch would be too white, and two dutch would...
Forum: Lighting 08-11-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 898
Posted By exv152
I'm borrowing Dennis' photo here, I believe it's...

I'm borrowing Dennis' photo here, I believe it's 2 dutch BML xb leds and a regular white fluorescent. I've also got two BML dutch on my tank but don't have a camera at the moment. But I'm...
Forum: Lighting 08-11-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By exv152
Usually folks go with a daylight 6500k, and an...

Usually folks go with a daylight 6500k, and an aqua flora (pink) 5000k type bulb. Which provides a good balance for both visual aesthetic and plant growth.
Forum: Lighting 08-10-2015, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 898
Posted By exv152
I wouldn't say this looks yellow... ...

I wouldn't say this looks yellow...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pHosting.php?do=show&type=f&id=65170&title=20140914_215958b-Optimizedc.jpg
Forum: Equipment 08-10-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By exv152
Agreed, and there's always the possibility of...

Agreed, and there's always the possibility of breaking one when you clean then with a flexible coil brush if the metal comes into contact with the glass , or if you soak more than one in a solution...
Forum: Equipment 08-10-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By exv152
I would go with the dual stage reg with the SMC...

I would go with the dual stage reg with the SMC needle valve & SMC solenoid. Better precision NV and lower wattage solenoid make for a overall better reg.
Forum: Equipment 08-10-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By exv152
I've used both ADA and VIV, and they're quite...

I've used both ADA and VIV, and they're quite different in design but very similar in quality. I've since switched to stainless steel pipes so no more worries about breaking them when you remove or...
Forum: Lighting 08-10-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 898
Posted By exv152
BML dutch series does have the highest PAR...

BML dutch series does have the highest PAR amongst those listed above, and has a more color balanced spectrum too.



You can probably add three or four ray2's to a tank, tripling or quadrupling...
Forum: Lighting 08-10-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 726
Posted By exv152
When I say PAR data, distance was implied.

When I say PAR data, distance was implied.
Forum: Lighting 08-10-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 898
Posted By exv152
I have two dutch bml xb series and they grow red...

I have two dutch bml xb series and they grow red plants no problem, but like someone else said, red pigment doesn't just come from the lighting but from the ferts and CO2 as well. Not so much the Fe...
Forum: Lighting 08-10-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 726
Posted By exv152
To take it a step further, for me, if a...

To take it a step further, for me, if a manufacturer of a fixture hasn't released, or has no plans of releasing, PAR data for its products, then that's an automatic disqualifier for me. And there are...
Forum: Equipment 08-10-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By exv152
They all fail at some point. I've tried tons of...

They all fail at some point. I've tried tons of brands, both expensive and cheap, for co2 purposes and they all fail. It seems co2 can be a lot harder on them than just air, but nonetheless, I see...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-10-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By exv152
It's not that they seem unhappy or that you need...

It's not that they seem unhappy or that you need to add more ferts. Juvenile discus require large daily water changes in the range of 40-50% daily to grow, unless you don't mind having stunted and...
Forum: Equipment 08-07-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 274
Posted By exv152
That's pretty much as good as it gets for inline...

That's pretty much as good as it gets for inline diffusers, that's why I also suggested a reactor in addition to the diffuser. There are many types to choose from. Either way the plants don't mind,...
Forum: Equipment 08-06-2015, 01:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By exv152
In my experience heat is the biggest solenoid...

In my experience heat is the biggest solenoid killer. If yours were to fail you could always order from co2art online...
Forum: Equipment 08-06-2015, 01:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 477
Posted By exv152
All you'd need for the co2art reg is one of these...

All you'd need for the co2art reg is one of these that costs $5, and you get a dual stage over a single stage for less. It'd be a no-brainer if it were me. Some, like myself, prefer the inline bubble...
Forum: Equipment 08-05-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 477
Posted By exv152
Here's a co2art reg review. ...

Here's a co2art reg review.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=871297&highlight=co2art+review
Forum: Equipment 08-05-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By exv152
Your best bet is to go to a fire hydrant,...

Your best bet is to go to a fire hydrant, welding, DIY beer brewing or gas place near you and ask for a steel co2 cylinder. You'll probably be able to pick up a used one for cheap. I'd recommend a...
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