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Forum: DIY 04-12-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,335
Posted By Optix
just curious...but wouldnt one of these cheap...

just curious...but wouldnt one of these cheap options do exactly what you want for cheaper?

http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home/kfloh/photos/up_co2_reactor.jpg

they come in various sizes and you can...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-07-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By Optix
Check your filter...lol Or they died and...

Check your filter...lol

Or they died and were picked apart by their tankmates

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk
Forum: Substrate 03-28-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,308
Posted By Optix
BUMP... AF is available again at most...

BUMP... AF is available again at most outlets...my purchase shipped yesterday and I got all of the email notifications
Forum: Substrate 03-18-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,308
Posted By Optix
Le sigh...I think az garden had a shortage as...

Le sigh...I think az garden had a shortage as well...the owner called me last night to say there would be a delay...ordered almost two weeks ago
Forum: Substrate 03-18-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By Optix
Technically no...but it will take weeks for the...

Technically no...but it will take weeks for the soul to get water logged enough to make that statement true so...

the best option is to cap it and enjoy your tank quickly
Forum: DIY 03-17-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,273
Posted By Optix
Out flow should be in the middle...also no holes...

Out flow should be in the middle...also no holes facing directly to your substrate or you will have a cloudy mess...aim them all forward and go for circular motion in your tank...or have it go down...
Forum: Substrate 03-11-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,308
Posted By Optix
I ordered two bags from AZ garden...it was $60...

I ordered two bags from AZ garden...it was $60 shipped to NC

Wasn't that more expensive than that pet place...but I won't be back for more
Forum: Substrate 03-08-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By Optix
order more substrate...let the plants grow out in...

order more substrate...let the plants grow out in the meantime...pull out the clumps (should be easy because the roots wont be deep) when the new substrate arrives...replant the clumps
Forum: Substrate 03-08-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By Optix
Im voting for a terrible mistake ...youre...

Im voting for a terrible mistake

...youre going to eventually have sheets of floating HC


PATIENCE is the biggest key to success in this hobby
Forum: Substrate 03-08-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,308
Posted By Optix
...and still no updates on his test runs I...

...and still no updates on his test runs

I ordered 2 bags from Azgarden...just to see how that shipping works out...I had some money to burn

...and rejoice! since I over paid...it means that...
Forum: Substrate 03-02-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,308
Posted By Optix
Artificial shortages eh?...I plan to use 3 bags...

Artificial shortages eh?...I plan to use 3 bags in a 20 gallon long, 2 wasn't enough...I want to eventually get to a 75 or so when we buy a house...maybe I'll just stay buying it one bag at a time...
Forum: Substrate 03-02-2014, 03:04 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 19,308
Posted By Optix
Anyone know the deal with the AF...

Anyone know the deal with the AF shortage?...order so many bags...they send a third of my order and I can't find it anywhere else...looking for AF black
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 177
Posted By Optix
aluminum is fine

aluminum is fine
Forum: Lighting 06-30-2013, 12:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By Optix
leave em on....1 day doesnt hurt anything

leave em on....1 day doesnt hurt anything
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-23-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,939
Posted By Optix
all you need is patience it can grow in...

all you need is patience

it can grow in low-high light...co2 or no co2...a lot of ferts or very few (though ferts should almost always be "high" for most tanks)
DHG is a very low maintenance/easy...
Forum: DIY 02-19-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,806
Posted By Optix
3 months in...no problems with the pump/tubing ...

3 months in...no problems with the pump/tubing

changed the solution once....next time im using a gallon jug (~3780 ml) so almost 6 months w/ no effort

to be fair tho...I have a soil tank...so I...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-17-2013, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 559
Posted By Optix
stripes mean its time for my other tank...to...

stripes mean its time for my other tank...to avoid spreading the genes:icon_twis
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-16-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,382
Posted By Optix
its the same as Excel...so yes it works for...

its the same as Excel...so yes it works for smaller tanks....but CO2 is cheaper in the long run
Forum: Lighting 02-15-2013, 12:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By Optix
a 4xT5HO fixture suspended above your tank ...

a 4xT5HO fixture suspended above your tank

adjusting height adjusts intensity
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-15-2013, 12:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By Optix
build an inexpensive dosing pump and forget about...

build an inexpensive dosing pump and forget about dosing for months at a time

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=197419&highlight=

Im about to "upgrade" my fert bottle from...
Forum: Equipment 02-12-2013, 12:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By Optix
i have a 2232 and I dont have to do any of those...

i have a 2232 and I dont have to do any of those things...

sounds like you need to reduce the "flow" into the skimmer

the water level in the pipe only needs to be about an inch below the...
Forum: Substrate 02-03-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,729
Posted By Optix
Ive used both I prefer flourite because of...

Ive used both

I prefer flourite because of the consistency in the grading --> making it easier to plant in

both work...both are essentially inert (contain micro...not macro nutrients)

really...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-02-2013, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By Optix
remove shrimp completely remove as much...

remove shrimp completely

remove as much water as possible...

tilt the aquarium slightly to the side to get the water to pool (youll need help)
remove that water too!

now your water level...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-01-2013, 09:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By Optix
depends on your substrate but more than...

depends on your substrate
but more than likely...CO2 will be your limiting factor...so low light + low CO2 = low nutrient demand...so if you have a nutritious substrate (like soil)...low light + low...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-30-2013, 01:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By Optix
1 yes 2 yes

1 yes
2 yes
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