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Forum: Equipment Today, 06:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 99
Posted By PlantedRich
How much and how quickly stopping the flow will...

How much and how quickly stopping the flow will make the pump fail is not something that we can see very well as it depends on all kinds of things we can't measure. How fast does a rubber item wear...
Forum: Equipment Today, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 36
Posted By PlantedRich
There are so many options available that much of...

There are so many options available that much of the decision comes down to personal choice. The things to look at are price and specs on head height and how many gallons are pumped per hour/minute....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 123
Posted By PlantedRich
With painted ceramic, I might go with a mix like...

With painted ceramic, I might go with a mix like 2 tablespoons of bleach in ten gallons of water. This is a stronger mix than drinking water by a fair amount but less than might be used in a load of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 123
Posted By PlantedRich
Thinking of how the chlorine works can help on...

Thinking of how the chlorine works can help on deciding how much to use. The chlorine reacts with organics. Like bugs, bacteria, oils, or just plain old dirt. When you want to clean a white shirt,...
Forum: DIY Today, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 108
Posted By PlantedRich
Keep in mind that any info that comes from a...

Keep in mind that any info that comes from a forum is based on personal opinions and those can vary>>
What works for one doesn't always work for another.
Forum: Fish Today, 03:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 159
Posted By PlantedRich
As long as you know the potential, there are a...

As long as you know the potential, there are a number of fish who MIGHT work. But then you will need to be somewhat alert as you seem to be already. Some fish will work and some are just not cut the...
Forum: Equipment Today, 02:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 123
Posted By PlantedRich
Normal! We often worry about glass bending and...

Normal! We often worry about glass bending and breaking but it does flex. Not the best thing but it happens all the time. When stores had large glass display windows, you could see them flex as...
Forum: Equipment Today, 02:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 236
Posted By PlantedRich
Fully agree! What I meant was that there are uses...

Fully agree! What I meant was that there are uses far more demanding than what we do and with higher quality and higher price, they still work fine. For us at the low pressure we use, cheap is plenty...
Forum: Equipment Today, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 99
Posted By PlantedRich
Just let it blow if not needed. Stopping the flow...

Just let it blow if not needed. Stopping the flow on air pumps can cause extra stress on the diaphragm leading to failing sooner than needed.


Link to see the inside parts? ...
Forum: DIY Today, 02:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 108
Posted By PlantedRich
1. I see no benefit. It seems something to add...

1. I see no benefit. It seems something to add when we are not certain the bubbles will stay in the reactor long enough to be absorbed into the water. The downside as I see it is that the balls add a...
Forum: Equipment Today, 02:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By PlantedRich
I would not replace any of the media if it is not...

I would not replace any of the media if it is not totally worn out. The salt? Does salt collect when in water or only when it dries? I would not expect much to be in the media where water is flowing...
Forum: Equipment Today, 01:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By PlantedRich
When a filter is too much depends a great deal on...

When a filter is too much depends a great deal on pricing and what the futre might hold. If there is a possible larger tank in the future and money is available to go with a larger filter, that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 92
Posted By PlantedRich
Very good picture there, Prostudent! Part of...

Very good picture there, Prostudent!
Part of the question will have to be what type of reg and setup the OP is using.
If the main connection comes out of the reg different and different parts are...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 10:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 236
Posted By PlantedRich
This type fitting is used to put probes into...

This type fitting is used to put probes into places like chemical vats and industrial piping where the pressure can be really high so there are designs for the worst cases. What level and what price...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 10:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 144
Posted By PlantedRich
Just a thought and you know how much those can be...

Just a thought and you know how much those can be worth at times!!
I worked water for a time and part of the deal was a yearly trek out to replace the silver impregated carbon which we put in our...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 06:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 157
Posted By PlantedRich
I suggest going for the simple stuff to start and...

I suggest going for the simple stuff to start and then later the tougher stuff will fit better. Go with plants that are known to be easy and put off the carpet for a while.
On the CO2, you are...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 06:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 236
Posted By PlantedRich
Something like this sized to fit the probe you...

Something like this sized to fit the probe you use?
...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 05:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 236
Posted By PlantedRich
I would not worry it too much on the intake side....

I would not worry it too much on the intake side. Unless it became extreme so that flow was really reduced to the point of starving the impeller of water and since you will be removing the probe 6...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 144
Posted By PlantedRich
Pretty common ion exchange softener. My first...

Pretty common ion exchange softener. My first guess might be that the resin bed is packed with some debris. Just guessing but is it possible the softener was run for a time before the filters were...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 236
Posted By PlantedRich
My thoughts on the location are that it is...

My thoughts on the location are that it is "better" to put things on the output rather than the input but I don't think of it as a major hazard to the filter. The impellers on filters can be stopped...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 144
Posted By PlantedRich
What type softener is this and what is used to...

What type softener is this and what is used to "soften" the water? There are so many types that work in totally different ways. There's everything from science to voodoo on the market.
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 12:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By PlantedRich
Using pond water is about ten steps further along...

Using pond water is about ten steps further along on pushing the luck than pouring the water fish come in directly into your tank. When you get new fish it is always better to not pour the water into...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 12:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 92
Posted By PlantedRich
No harm at all to the fish as mentioned. Enough...

No harm at all to the fish as mentioned. Enough pesticide to kill/harm fish would have done in the bugs. How they got there might be an open question. Look the container over very carefully for tiny...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 12:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 236
Posted By PlantedRich
No experience with the Apex so I can't comment...

No experience with the Apex so I can't comment there but some other thoughts might help.
On feeding back, when you say it will be coming from above, does this indicate the supply itself will be...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Posted By PlantedRich
I like these for large tabs of algae. It comes in...

I like these for large tabs of algae. It comes in at about $1 per ounce!
http://www.petsolutions.com/C/Herbivore-Fish-Diets/I/PetSolutions-Algae-Discs.aspx
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