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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 10:45 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By PlantedRich
I don't have a favorite as all seem to fail at...

I don't have a favorite as all seem to fail at some point. However I do have some thoughts on why they fail that might help you.
The way we use check valves often involves getting them wet, either...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 10:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 37
Posted By PlantedRich
All filter operate on much the same theory about...

All filter operate on much the same theory about media and placement.
Eheim does vary somewhat by having the "barrels" or "macaroni" as a first stage to help divert and spread the water flow across...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 10:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 105
Posted By PlantedRich
But then who would be around to enforce any...

But then who would be around to enforce any infraction? The internet police? I think they are pretty busy already. Let's dig a bit deeper into the ad?
Needle valve? World Class Advance Precision...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 06:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 141
Posted By PlantedRich
The equipment to make life easy is always a good...

The equipment to make life easy is always a good idea.
The question of when to add the conditioner is not a biggie at all. The chlorine in tap water is so low that it takes a fair amount of time or...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 04:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 335
Posted By PlantedRich
When new, it can be confusing. What you have is...

When new, it can be confusing. What you have is okay except that the valve which you adjust is just not made to squeeze the flow down to the tiny amount we use. In greenhouses it can work as they use...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 04:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By PlantedRich
Not totally sure I follow but to fill a void that...

Not totally sure I follow but to fill a void that is underwater, an easy way might be to cut styrofoam blueboard to be a tight "press-fit" and force it in. No adhesive needed. One advantage is that...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 105
Posted By PlantedRich
Looks like a horrible price for what is basicly ...

Looks like a horrible price for what is basicly a knockdown furniture stand. Not what many would call a long term investment.
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 110
Posted By PlantedRich
No big worries with what the gloves will be...

No big worries with what the gloves will be putting out in the short amount of time they are in the water. Far more pollution on the normal hand and arm!
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 94
Posted By PlantedRich
It is not possible for most of us to keep a tank...

It is not possible for most of us to keep a tank at a specific temperature as noted by others. Unless one goes into really expensive equipment, the normal heater/ chiller will vary by a few degrees....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 202
Posted By PlantedRich
Slate floor tile is available almost everywhere....

Slate floor tile is available almost everywhere. Part of the reason I use it is that it is real easy to find as well as cheap and easy to work.
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 03:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 335
Posted By PlantedRich
Dang! I always thought it was Greek to me!! But...

Dang! I always thought it was Greek to me!!
But whatever it is, it can be very weird when starting. I suggest start looking at things one item at a time. Maybe start at the CO2 tank and find what...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 03:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 271
Posted By PlantedRich
Okay! That cuts it down about 100%! For low tech...

Okay! That cuts it down about 100%! For low tech we usually mean no CO2 or fertizers so having a light is about it on equipment needed. As you get started, you will likely find three things to keep...
Forum: Substrate 09-15-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 206
Posted By PlantedRich
Before we talk about what cichlids like to do ,...

Before we talk about what cichlids like to do , we need to decide which cichlids we are discussing. Some dig, some don't! Anybody remember that angelfish are cichlids? Same goes for African cichlids....
Forum: Equipment 09-15-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 335
Posted By PlantedRich
If it is the type I'm thinking of, it may be a...

If it is the type I'm thinking of, it may be a fairly easy fix to get them to work. The regulator itself is adequate but the adjustment is too course to suit our use? Would it fit your use to just...
Forum: Equipment 09-15-2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Posted By PlantedRich
Trick to getting parts straight? The trick is...

Trick to getting parts straight? The trick is that we often worry toooo much. We want to crank things down way too far to avoid leaks. Truth is that leaks are not the big problem if we use tape or...
Forum: Equipment 09-15-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 271
Posted By PlantedRich
At this point, listing the needed equipment would...

At this point, listing the needed equipment would be a really long post. I might suggest reading a few of the primer articles would be a good place to start. Not meaning to blow you off but there are...
Forum: Equipment 09-15-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By PlantedRich
There are many levels of each so price does...

There are many levels of each so price does matter but I find the digital suit me better. We have frequent short power outages so keeping the time setting is important to me. A real pain to remember...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-15-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By PlantedRich
I don't use that specific canister but there are...

I don't use that specific canister but there are some general ideas that apply to most canisters. My first thought is that you have done well to understand that you do want to protect the little...
Forum: Plants 09-15-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By PlantedRich
Since there is room in this tank and the plant...

Since there is room in this tank and the plant seemed willing, I've just bent the stem around to get it to the bottom and put a small rock on the stem. This will hold it down and then I planted the...
Forum: Substrate 09-14-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 206
Posted By PlantedRich
In my view almost any rock may be handy in a tank...

In my view almost any rock may be handy in a tank of Malawi. They love the high PH, KH/GH that rocks tend to do. I use a tub full of limestone in my tanks as it is the easy stuff to find. Even...
Forum: Equipment 09-14-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 977
Posted By PlantedRich
I sometimes forget how few people actually use...

I sometimes forget how few people actually use liquid bleach any more. For laundry it has been replaced by powered detergent with the chlorine mixed in. But that would not work for fish tank use as...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-14-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 140
Posted By PlantedRich
As I understand your question, you want to know...

As I understand your question, you want to know what should be done to avoid [passing internal parasites on when using tools, etc.
I don't know the answer either but just some thoughts from...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-14-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By PlantedRich
What you see is part of why we need to know what...

What you see is part of why we need to know what to expect from chlorine. It is just really handy stuff if we know what to expect. In drinking water we want to kill off large amounts of bacteria that...
Forum: Plants 09-14-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By PlantedRich
They seem to develop a bit different than I...

They seem to develop a bit different than I expected.
The small plants out near the end of the runner seem to be much further along than those closer to the large plant. Any thoughts on why?
Is it...
Forum: Fish 09-14-2014, 04:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 178
Posted By PlantedRich
I find pairing them up when older is more of a...

I find pairing them up when older is more of a challenge but it can be done. What I found worked but was a bit of trouble!
Moving a fish into an established tank did not work at all as the "new guy"...
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