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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 03:16 PM
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Posted By exv152
You didn’t mention you had a sump. You want to...

You didn’t mention you had a sump. You want to seal the sump and any portions of the sump system that are open. That should go a long way to maximizing your co2 efficiency.
Forum: Substrate 08-19-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By exv152
I read they discontinued Brightwell a few years...

I read they discontinued Brightwell a few years ago, but it apparently didn't leach ammonia like ada.
Forum: Equipment 08-19-2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 521
Posted By exv152
Five pound tanks should last a bit longer than a...

Five pound tanks should last a bit longer than a couple of weeks, even on larger tanks. There are so many different variables at play, like diffusion method, equipment, surface agitation etc, so it's...
Forum: Equipment 08-19-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,800
Posted By exv152
If a higher than normal concentration of bleach...

If a higher than normal concentration of bleach doesn't kill everything, including mycobacteria, white vinegar certainly will....
Forum: Equipment 08-18-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 446
Posted By exv152
Agreed, there are so many factors that would...

Agreed, there are so many factors that would influence the rate of co2 consumption from one tank to another that it's not fair to compare. Even same-sized tanks can vary because of the different...
Forum: Substrate 08-18-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 240
Posted By exv152
Not only add plants right from the start, but...

Not only add plants right from the start, but also, plant as heavily as you possibly can with fast growing stemp plants too. IME they tend to consume more excess nutrient than rosette or root feeding...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-18-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,131
Posted By exv152
This is insane, I just read this now. So how much...

This is insane, I just read this now. So how much do CRS or RCS go for in Australian LFS's?
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 446
Posted By exv152
Nine months? Wow. I have a 10lbs on a 125g that...

Nine months? Wow. I have a 10lbs on a 125g that lasts about that much time, but I'm using a pH controller which turns it on and off throughout the lighting period. Which probably saves me a ton.

...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-16-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,131
Posted By exv152
Nice job on the hardscape, looks very natural....

Nice job on the hardscape, looks very natural. Look forward to seeing this come along.
Forum: Equipment 08-16-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 853
Posted By exv152
I recommend against using loctite, when you first...

I recommend against using loctite, when you first build your regulator you'll be doing a lot of installing and removing of fittings to the regulator, solenoid etc, teflon tape is the way to go.
Forum: Equipment 08-16-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 446
Posted By exv152
I wouldn't bother with DIY (yeast and sugar)...

I wouldn't bother with DIY (yeast and sugar) myself, it has its own hidden costs in the long run. Not to mention it delivers inconsitent co2, and it's a pain all around.

The aquatek will do the...
Forum: Equipment 08-16-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 445
Posted By exv152
I'm running 5 tanks, and 3 are rimless starfire...

I'm running 5 tanks, and 3 are rimless starfire glass tanks. I find my eye gets drawn more by the rimless tanks than my rim-tanks. The real challenge is keeping it uncluttered, and keeping the glass...
Forum: Equipment 08-16-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By exv152
My take is, the controller is a great piece of...

My take is, the controller is a great piece of equipment to add to your system as it helps conserve lots of co2, if used properly. It’s not necessary but it does make life easier, especially for...
Forum: Lighting 08-15-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 220
Posted By exv152
Those bulbs are probably used in research because...

Those bulbs are probably used in research because they come close the colour spectrum of average daylight. But PUR is not something anyone can accurately and reliably measure, all plants have their...
Forum: Equipment 08-14-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By exv152
If you're doing the G3 filter I'd go with an...

If you're doing the G3 filter I'd go with an atomic inline diffuser instead, less stuff in your tank.
Forum: Equipment 08-14-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 853
Posted By exv152
You can post the brand, model and specs.

You can post the brand, model and specs.
Forum: Equipment 08-14-2014, 02:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 853
Posted By exv152
For $50 you can find a few new single stage...

For $50 you can find a few new single stage regulators used for beer kegs, or you can be patient and search on evilbay and get lucky with a used dual stage. Are you willing/able to build your own...
Forum: Tank Journals 08-14-2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 629
Posted By exv152
Awesome setup, you went all out!

Awesome setup, you went all out!
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-13-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 267
Posted By exv152
One piece of sound advice is to only change one...

One piece of sound advice is to only change one thing at a time. This helps you keep track of what may be causing issues. If you increase macros and decrease micros, and switch micro nutrient...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-12-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By exv152
If you have low KH and GH, why do you want to...

If you have low KH and GH, why do you want to change that? That's ideal for plant growth/nutrient uptake. I would not mess with the water's natural hardness. Some of those things you listed like...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-12-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By exv152
Yeah, as mentioned, if you have a pH in the 6-7...

Yeah, as mentioned, if you have a pH in the 6-7 range you want to go with the chelated EDTA Fe as it is a readily more available iron for plant uptake in that range. I too find lighting is the most...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-12-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 267
Posted By exv152
Root feeders draw ferts from the water column...

Root feeders draw ferts from the water column too, just not in the same quantity as say stem plants do. I don't think anyone can tell you with any certainty how much to reduce your column fertilizing...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 08-12-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By exv152
I don’t think you’ll go wrong with plantex or...

I don’t think you’ll go wrong with plantex or comprehensive, or both like I do. I alternate them every day. But I just don’t see the benefit of the trace on its own. The seachem comp is an awesome...
Forum: Lighting 08-12-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 303
Posted By exv152
I would stick with the 6300k too as it will...

I would stick with the 6300k too as it will enhance your shrimp and seem less washed out compared to 7000k. I'd say you made the right choice.
Forum: Lighting 08-12-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 98
Posted By exv152
I have a 125g tank with 10x 39w T5HO bulbs (5 per...

I have a 125g tank with 10x 39w T5HO bulbs (5 per side) and I’m still getting medium light intensity at a height of 22”. For a tank like yours, with a 24” height, it’s a challenge just to get decent...
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