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Forum: Lighting 06-24-2013, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By specks
I would rather omit the dimmer and run the lights...

I would rather omit the dimmer and run the lights on full power.

Bases on the reports of some members that these emmiters somewhat match the specs of Cree LEDs, about how many would I need ?p
Forum: Lighting 06-24-2013, 04:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By specks
It can't be that hard, can it? :) Help a...

It can't be that hard, can it? :)

Help a noob out.
Forum: Lighting 06-24-2013, 01:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By specks
I have no problems calculating the math. All...

I have no problems calculating the math.

All I need are suggestions on how many of these emmiters I need to achieve low light.

I ave read several threads here and there but it's all about Cree...
Forum: Lighting 06-24-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By specks
I have just skimmed through that thread however I...

I have just skimmed through that thread however I only have these eBay emmiters.

I would rather not spend on the Cree emitters as I already purchased the said emitter.
Forum: Lighting 06-24-2013, 12:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By specks
Bump. Can anyone help me figure this out....

Bump.

Can anyone help me figure this out. How many of these emmiters should I use.

Tank dimensions are 28"x11.5". Other measurements are in the OP.

Many thanks.
Forum: Lighting 06-23-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By specks
Oh yeah I forgot that. Its 18 gallons. I am going...

Oh yeah I forgot that. Its 18 gallons. I am going all DIY on this one. I just need suggestions on how many of these eBay 3W LEDs I'm going to need to achieve low to low-med light based on the tank...
Forum: Substrate 06-23-2013, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 447
Posted By specks
Here is an option: ...

Here is an option:

www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/library/52554-how-mineralized-soil-substrate-aaron-talbot.html


I have personally tried making MTS. I had good results but it was a...
Forum: Lighting 06-23-2013, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By specks
LED lighting - need suggestions

Hello folks.

I will be using LEDs for my tank. I will only keep it at low light because Im not using any CO2.

I ordered those unbranded 3W LEDs on no ebay links allowed How many of these should I use to...
Forum: DIY 06-23-2013, 02:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By specks
I've also seen a YouTube video of assembling a...

I've also seen a YouTube video of assembling a kit from aquastyle and the adhesive is also the same.

I will try this one out. It's only a dollar anyway.
Forum: DIY 06-23-2013, 02:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By specks
The one on AquaStyle is the same stuff. I've just...

The one on AquaStyle is the same stuff. I've just read on DX forum that this stuff dies dry.
Forum: DIY 06-23-2013, 01:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By specks
I will be using it to glue LEDs to a heatsink....

I will be using it to glue LEDs to a heatsink. I've always used high quality thermal compound with my computer.

I'm wondering if this stuff actually dries and hardens.
Forum: DIY 06-22-2013, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By specks
eBay thermal adhesive

Has anyone used the $1 thermal adhesive found on eBay? Is it just thermal compound or does it harden?

I know that the Arctic Alumina would be the best choice but if the cheapo works then why not....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-21-2013, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 911
Posted By specks
I'm living in the city far from agricultural...

I'm living in the city far from agricultural lands. The most probable cause is organics on the roof. I tested the water several times and I compared it to my tank water and the results confirm that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-20-2013, 02:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 911
Posted By specks
what?

what?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-20-2013, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 911
Posted By specks
At this time of the year, bird droppings and...

At this time of the year, bird droppings and other organics on the roof are minimal due to constant rains.

I will have to verify my test again. I'll try to add duckweed to the collected water.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-19-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 911
Posted By specks
Ammonia in rainwater

Hey guys.

I am switching to rainwater for my tanks because the city water is now unsuitable for aquarium use. The pH and hardness is unbelievable.

It frequently rains in my area during this...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-28-2012, 02:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By specks
Ok I will heed everyone's advice. I will not...

Ok I will heed everyone's advice. I will not change anything.

Although the pH have been at 8+ from the start(two years ago), all the fish in my tank are perfectly fine. Even the neons are showing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-27-2012, 11:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By specks
I do 10% weekly WC. Is there any other way to...

I do 10% weekly WC. Is there any other way to incorporate peat aside from pretreating water?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-27-2012, 02:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By specks
How to lower pH?

Hi folks,

My recent test shows that my pH is at 8.6! O_O And no, the test kit is not bad as it is only a year old and I did several test to confirm that it is still good.

Now, I'm looking for...
Forum: Fish 11-24-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,187
Posted By specks
Hey guys, would it be okay to get all males? I do...

Hey guys, would it be okay to get all males? I do not want them to fill up my tank.
Forum: Fish 11-24-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,187
Posted By specks
Is it okay to go with all males?

Is it okay to go with all males?
Forum: Fish 11-24-2012, 09:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,187
Posted By specks
Livebearers are lovely but they are such poop...

Livebearers are lovely but they are such poop machines? Which one would you prefer, a guppy, endler's, molly or platy and why?
Forum: Fish 11-24-2012, 06:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,187
Posted By specks
Hi guys, thanks for all the suggestions. My pH is...

Hi guys, thanks for all the suggestions. My pH is really high but it is rock stable. To be honest, when I first set up this tank a couple years ago, during the first day it was around 7.6 and a few...
Forum: Fish 11-22-2012, 11:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,187
Posted By specks
I don't think gouramis will do well in such high...

I don't think gouramis will do well in such high ph. I've heared some actually die of such high ph.

How would rams do in my tank condition?
What are DGs?

It looks like these fish do not like...
Forum: Fish 11-22-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,187
Posted By specks
Need a centerpiece fish

Hi folks.

I need a new centerpice fish for my tank. I want it to be docile, hardy, low maintenance, not a poop machine and easy to find.

Here are some tank params:

18 gallon tropical...
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