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Forum: Plants 05-30-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By vegasMatt
Thanks all for the replies. dasob85, your 40...

Thanks all for the replies.

dasob85, your 40 project is brilliant! If I can pull something a tenth as nice, I will be thrilled. (And while I have always wanted cories, there is a cranky old...
Forum: Plants 05-29-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By vegasMatt
Crypts in inert substrate w dry ferts only?

Looking to build a new 40L that will include several crypt varieties. There are many posts asking, "I use nutrified substrate/root tabs; do I need to dose?" but I am looking for feedback re the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 07-22-2009, 02:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,006
Posted By vegasMatt
metageologist is right; .25ppm will likely be...

metageologist is right; .25ppm will likely be every bit as fatal as a hungry fish
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-21-2009, 09:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,207
Posted By vegasMatt
Hey folks what are your pH levels? I have had...

Hey folks what are your pH levels? I have had scum issues for six weeks now on my 20L, and my net research has pulled all kinds of weird (yet valid) theories. A recent observation that interests me...
Forum: Plants 07-19-2009, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By vegasMatt
With rooters such as vals, bacopas, etc. I like...

With rooters such as vals, bacopas, etc. I like to guide them in with a chopstick.

1) Drill a narrow hole in the substrate the pointy end of the chopstick.
2) Grip the plant above the root with...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-19-2009, 04:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,284
Posted By vegasMatt
Most of the national coverage I hear, at the...

Most of the national coverage I hear, at the inevitable mid-season recaps, seem to place the Mets' woes a step below the Cubbie trubble. I think it's a toss-up as to who deserves the Biggest...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-16-2009, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,284
Posted By vegasMatt
Yeah, it's causing some trouble in my home life;...

Yeah, it's causing some trouble in my home life; Sweetie doesn't like that I am mocking the players for whom she has developed an affection. I told her fine, you keep watching the games and give me a...
Forum: Tank Journals 06-25-2009, 08:33 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,448
Posted By vegasMatt
Trimming your hairgrass will encourage it to send...

Trimming your hairgrass will encourage it to send out runners, that will poke up from the substrate within just a couple days.

Some folks suggest that regular trimming is greatly beneficial to...
Forum: Aquascaping 05-13-2009, 02:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,950
Posted By vegasMatt
Nick, my limited experience: 1) Play sand:...

Nick, my limited experience:

1) Play sand: sure, why not? I use it in my shrimp tank, prepared it by running it through a paint strainer, to get rid of the finer stuff. Even the big grains will...
Forum: Equipment 02-03-2009, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 999
Posted By vegasMatt
I second agutt: the flow from a 2213 will be...

I second agutt: the flow from a 2213 will be adequate, but if you are doing any kind of hardscaping taller than four or five inches, you will run into trouble with dead spots. The 2213 on my 20L...
Forum: Equipment 01-30-2009, 02:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 35,893
Posted By vegasMatt
My brief experience: I have an Eheim...

My brief experience:

I have an Eheim Classic 2213 on my 20 long, and it is brilliant, if a little underpowered for that exact application.

So I purched an Ecco 2232 kit for my Mini-L, and...
Forum: Aquascaping 01-29-2009, 10:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,483
Posted By vegasMatt
I was disappointed to discover that I am too...

I was disappointed to discover that I am too clumsy for long scissors.

My favorite scissors are actually from an ER suture removal kit. They are short, four inches or so, but one of the blades...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-23-2009, 12:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 349
Posted By vegasMatt
Amanda, sorry for your troubles; I recently had...

Amanda, sorry for your troubles; I recently had an extinction of my rasboras, and within a day, yep there were planaria on the glass and copepods (little white periods flying around) starting to take...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-18-2009, 09:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 953
Posted By vegasMatt
vm1) keep a well-stocked maintenance kit:...

vm1) keep a well-stocked maintenance kit: scissors, tweezers / forceps, extra buckets / tubing, plastic sheeting / drop cloth, pre-rinsed substrate.

vm2) Never believe anything you read on a box,...
Forum: Equipment 01-18-2009, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By vegasMatt
Thank you both. That was a good general tip,...

Thank you both. That was a good general tip, imeridian, now I have a lifetime supply (one tiny container) of silicon grease.

The filter is running now, a final attempt, to make me feel that as a...
Forum: Equipment 01-17-2009, 09:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By vegasMatt
I appreciate your replies. After failing...

I appreciate your replies.

After failing again (got 3+ hours out of it this time), I examined the o-ring more carefully. Other than feeling suspiciously loose, it is visually flawless. The...
Forum: Equipment 01-17-2009, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,518
Posted By vegasMatt
Eheim Ecco 2232 leaking: o-ring failure?

Hi all,

I recently purchased a new Ecco 2232 (have a 2213 on my 20g, love it, thought I'd go with the Ecco on my Mini-L). I followed all the pretty little instructions on the pretty little setup...
Forum: Equipment 01-15-2009, 02:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,803
Posted By vegasMatt
Thanks folks. One day after the disaster,...

Thanks folks.

One day after the disaster, and the otos are still clamped but hanging in there. I changed some more water and added fresh purigen.

I also performed a poor man's shock test with...
Forum: Equipment 01-14-2009, 01:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,803
Posted By vegasMatt
By way of addendum, I would like to report my own...

By way of addendum, I would like to report my own sudden experience that is eerily similar to welchrock's:

20g long, medium planting (vals, bacopas, hairgrass), home to 6 harlequin rasboras, 5...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 01-02-2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 539
Posted By vegasMatt
Brad, I have had a great experience with the...

Brad,
I have had a great experience with the CoraLife Mini AquaLight, which runs two 9w 6700k bulbs, and can be had from Big Al's for $25.

I run one over my 5.5g RCS colony, which is modestly...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-20-2008, 02:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 900
Posted By vegasMatt
"Short, jerky bursts" sounds like maybe ostracods...

"Short, jerky bursts" sounds like maybe ostracods (harmless micro-crustaceans). Google that for pictures.

I have a few in my 20g. They look like silvery fat grains of rice that don't get much...
Forum: Plants 10-03-2008, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,078
Posted By vegasMatt
Do you know if your stock was grown emersed? I...

Do you know if your stock was grown emersed? I have used e.acicularis in two projects, emersed stock both times, and it goes through a shock-like period upon full immersion. All of the stock growth...
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