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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-13-2014, 01:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 604
Posted By randerson
I also came from the reef world. I kept with the...

I also came from the reef world. I kept with the sump and haven't had CO2 out gassing problems. I'm probably using more CO2 than most - takes me about 4 months to go through a 5 lbs tank on a 75g...
Forum: Equipment 01-13-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 519
Posted By randerson
I would use pure silicone grease. I've heard...

I would use pure silicone grease. I've heard Vaseline will weaken plastic since it's petroleum based, not sure if there's any science behind that.
Forum: Lighting 01-07-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 66,749
Posted By randerson
I started with this setup on my 75 gallon tank. I...

I started with this setup on my 75 gallon tank. I found that the light wasn't even enough or strong enough so I upgraded to t5HO. I could see them working fine on smaller tanks, but on bigger ones...
Forum: Photography 12-31-2013, 12:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 663
Posted By randerson
UGH BLASPHEMY!!! Just kidding. Good choice...

UGH BLASPHEMY!!!

Just kidding. Good choice and welcome to DSLR world.

The one word of advice I would have really liked when starting out is to use the camera RAW format. Learn the camera first...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-28-2013, 11:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 457
Posted By randerson
CO2 is not mandatory. But if you want your tank...

CO2 is not mandatory. But if you want your tank to be lucius and for the plants to grow quickly you'll want it. CO2 also keeps algae growth under control. I'm about $200 deep on my CO2 setup....
Forum: Equipment 12-28-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By randerson
Oh, yeah on a 26g forget it. Way too much trouble.

Oh, yeah on a 26g forget it. Way too much trouble.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-28-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By randerson
Sure, I'm out of town for a week but once I'm...

Sure, I'm out of town for a week but once I'm back I'll post some photos.

The end of tank dump was really a low point. I'm not wild about the aquateck regulator, it's small and feels like a toy....
Forum: Equipment 12-28-2013, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By randerson
I think sand filters are the bomb. They make the...

I think sand filters are the bomb. They make the water crystal clear. But you need a good sized pump to run them. They are a bit involved, make sure you can do backwashing and all that with your...
Forum: Photography 12-25-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 663
Posted By randerson
Something that is not mentioned all the...

Something that is not mentioned all the frequently... the SL1 is really small. I would go see it in person before purchasing it. I know I would have difficulty operating it because my hands are...
Forum: Ponds 12-25-2013, 10:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By randerson
I have a beckett pump in my pond. It's a terrible...

I have a beckett pump in my pond. It's a terrible design and breaks almost every other year but they've got a nice warrantee program and I haven't paid for a new one in years.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-25-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By randerson
Forget the watts per gallon rule, it's totally...

Forget the watts per gallon rule, it's totally useless. Water depth is much more of a factor. Since you have a long tank you need less "watts per gallon," you don't need the extra brightness to reach...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-25-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,250
Posted By randerson
I got my 75 gallon for $100 - a new marineland....

I got my 75 gallon for $100 - a new marineland. Sounds like that's a crowded tank...

Back in my big tank days I learned that having a second filter (specifically a second SYSTEM.... filter, pump,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-25-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By randerson
A Beginner's Successes and Failures

I want to share some things I've learned since I dove into planted tank world last August. I have a 75 gallon tank, it is only four months old so it's still relatively new.

The biggest thing I've...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-19-2013, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 550
Posted By randerson
How about some background paper? I have just a...

How about some background paper? I have just a dark blue paper behind my tank, takes away the distraction of all the ugly filter equipment.

I also think a solid covering of the substrate with...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-18-2013, 12:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By randerson
I had a similar concern at the start. My pump,...

I had a similar concern at the start. My pump, now that it is broken in, doesn't pump as fast, wish it did. I wouldn't worry about it and give it time. Recently I've wished I had more flow to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-17-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By randerson
I've found that new fish go through a phase of...

I've found that new fish go through a phase of adjustment before they get comfortable in the tank. The only other time I've observed this kind of behavior is when the CO2 system malfunctions and the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-17-2013, 11:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By randerson
What about posting in the local section of this...

What about posting in the local section of this forum to see if anyone is around that could take care of them? Maybe a craigslist ad? Not sure who would be searching for fish sitting. Could yield...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-17-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By randerson
what about paying a local fish store to take care...

what about paying a local fish store to take care of them? It might cost you more than what they're worth though.
Forum: Equipment 12-15-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By randerson
Aquatek regulator help

I recently purchased an aquatek regulator. It's not outputting a constant pressure, it slowly drops down to 15psi over about 6 seconds then jumps up about 10psi, and cycles on like that. Has anyone...
Forum: Equipment 12-13-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By randerson
Ya, ended up going with the aquatek even though...

Ya, ended up going with the aquatek even though it's got mixed reviews.
Forum: Photography 12-11-2013, 03:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 736
Posted By randerson
If you want to go cheap and already have a good...

If you want to go cheap and already have a good lens, get extension tubes. I have a great L lens and didn't want to jump for a specialized macro lens, been very happy using extension tubes.
Forum: Photography 12-11-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 945
Posted By randerson
One of my favorite rules of thumb for lighting it...

One of my favorite rules of thumb for lighting it to mimic natural sunlight/daylight angles. For tanks this mean setting up a flash above the tank aimed downwards. Add some diffusion or bounce it off...
Forum: Algae 12-11-2013, 12:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 918
Posted By randerson
Sound advice DarkCobra. It's clear that BGA uses...

Sound advice DarkCobra. It's clear that BGA uses a lot of things to grow and to point to one thing as the cause is out of line with that.

I started this thread because obviously I have a BGA out...
Forum: Algae 12-10-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 270
Posted By randerson
This all started when I ran out of CO2 for a...

This all started when I ran out of CO2 for a week. I'm thinking that with a water change, 3 day blackout, and with the CO2 running again it may stay away. What do you think?

I've been doing manual...
Forum: Algae 12-10-2013, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 918
Posted By randerson
It seems like there is a lot of anecdotal...

It seems like there is a lot of anecdotal evidence going around. I've read through some studies on cyanobacteria nutrient limitation on reefs and basically many of them contradict each other. It...
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