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Forum: DIY 12-20-2007, 01:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,321
Posted By vidiots
Been using mine continuously for over a year and...

Been using mine continuously for over a year and have had no problems with things gunking up on me yet. Granted my reservoir and tubing have become stained over time and don't look as nice as they...
Forum: DIY 12-02-2007, 07:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,321
Posted By vidiots
Now there is a cool idea. They make a number of...

Now there is a cool idea. They make a number of different gagets that measure out a single shot for liquer bottles. I doubt my wife will let me play around with the ones she got for our bar, so...
Forum: DIY 11-02-2007, 12:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,360
Posted By vidiots
I was advised by the glass place that I bought my...

I was advised by the glass place that I bought my plexiglass from to use a plywood blade mounted in the my table saw backward to reduce the amount of chipping on the edges. I did get some minor...
Forum: DIY 11-02-2007, 11:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,563
Posted By vidiots
Thank you for posting this idea, it gives me...

Thank you for posting this idea, it gives me other ideas for uses for autodosing dry ferts as mentioned above.

I do also have to agree with the above post about the design having a bit of danger...
Forum: DIY 10-27-2007, 05:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,463
Posted By vidiots
If your gonna go with a solid black background...

If your gonna go with a solid black background why not just use black construction paper or poster board, it'd be easier to remove when you change setups around.
Forum: DIY 10-19-2007, 11:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,698
Posted By vidiots
Wonder if that is where kids get the idea to put...

Wonder if that is where kids get the idea to put plastic bags over their heads..:D
Forum: DIY 10-19-2007, 12:57 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 50,235
Posted By vidiots
I used to do something similar for my fry tank. ...

I used to do something similar for my fry tank. I would take a large sheet of that Marineland "Rite-Size" blue bonded filter pad and glue it to an undergravel filter plate and have it powered by a...
Forum: DIY 10-12-2007, 04:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,542
Posted By vidiots
hehehee, I suppose it's better than some of the...

hehehee, I suppose it's better than some of the other methods I've heard such as crank up the CO2 until the fish react then back it off a little.. :D
Forum: DIY 10-12-2007, 01:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,542
Posted By vidiots
The only difference I can see is that starting...

The only difference I can see is that starting with Tap water instead of distilled means that you are starting with possible contaminants and slightly diluting them out. On the other hand starting...
Forum: DIY 10-08-2007, 09:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,321
Posted By vidiots
Those check valves sound like they work the same...

Those check valves sound like they work the same way, but they are not see thru so you can see how they work. I would imagine though that an residue buildup on the diaphram or walls will also cause...
Forum: DIY 10-08-2007, 12:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,321
Posted By vidiots
Hmm, I was thinking a rubber test tube stopper...

Hmm, I was thinking a rubber test tube stopper with a hole thru it for the airline tubing might be used in place of your latex glove as a cork for the end of the syringe.

The potential weakness I...
Forum: DIY 10-08-2007, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 641
Posted By vidiots
Don't feel bad, when it comes to tubing and...

Don't feel bad, when it comes to tubing and plumbing it can get very confusing as to when they are talking about I.D. or O.D. because they don't always specify and just assume your application is the...
Forum: DIY 10-08-2007, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 658
Posted By vidiots
My current setup is similar, the only difference...

My current setup is similar, the only difference is that the entire thing is located inside my sump tank so it is also out of sight. My only concern with that type of setup would be the possible...
Forum: DIY 10-07-2007, 04:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 754
Posted By vidiots
I've done this by fitting 2x4 braces inside the...

I've done this by fitting 2x4 braces inside the stand and using screws to attach them to the stand and to each other. The metal brackets mentioned above would further reinforce it. I once did this...
Forum: DIY 09-30-2007, 04:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,777
Posted By vidiots
My setup with a sump has the water changes...

My setup with a sump has the water changes completely automated and there are no floatswitches used, just plumbing and overflows. The only electronics for the waterchanger are a solenoid valve...
Forum: DIY 09-30-2007, 03:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,777
Posted By vidiots
My setup with a sump has the water changes...

My setup with a sump has the water changes completely automated and there are no floatswitches used, just plumbing and overflows. The only electronics for the waterchanger are a solenoid valve...
Forum: DIY 09-30-2007, 03:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,726
Posted By vidiots
I just using standard 1gal water jugs for my...

I just using standard 1gal water jugs for my reservoir. I haven't had mine foul up yet, and I am using powdered ferts, KNO3, KH2PO4, KH2SO4, and CSM+B. Just measure out a couple weeks worth and...
Forum: DIY 09-23-2007, 01:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,726
Posted By vidiots
My first experiment with autodosing used an...

My first experiment with autodosing used an "inexpensive" peristalic pump that I paid like $70 for. The problem was that the cheap plastic gear in it stripped itself the 2nd time I turned it on. I...
Forum: DIY 09-23-2007, 01:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,726
Posted By vidiots
Haven't had a problem yet and they have been in...

Haven't had a problem yet and they have been in use for over a year. In all I would say they were an outstanding investment as I think they only cost about $10 each.

When initially setting up,...
Forum: DIY 09-22-2007, 11:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 631
Posted By vidiots
Depends on what your plans are for the tank. ...

Depends on what your plans are for the tank.

What type of animals are going to be in it, species, adults fry?
This will help determine what type of filtration and subtrate will work best for you....
Forum: DIY 09-21-2007, 10:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,344
Posted By vidiots
Seems excessively complicated to me, ok I'm...

Seems excessively complicated to me, ok I'm hooked, can never get enough of the extremely overengineered.. :D
Forum: DIY 09-21-2007, 08:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,777
Posted By vidiots
A sump tank under your display tank would...

A sump tank under your display tank would maintain the water at a constant level and allow you to hide everything by connecting it to the sump instead of the main tank. The only think that would be...
Forum: DIY 09-21-2007, 06:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,726
Posted By vidiots
Oh I see what your trying to do is have your...

Oh I see what your trying to do is have your ferts dosed in line with your filter to prevent other things from entering the tank. Unfortunately I have no idea how you could do something like that. ...
Forum: DIY 06-09-2007, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,041
Posted By vidiots
GFCI outlets can fail in a way where they still...

GFCI outlets can fail in a way where they still appear to work correctly however the protection they offer is nolonger working as it should. This is why any that I have ever seen are equiped with a...
Forum: DIY 06-09-2007, 02:55 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,536
Posted By vidiots
I hope those arent the same kinda pumps I tried...

I hope those arent the same kinda pumps I tried the 1st time. On the one I bought the part that spins is connected by a tiny square plastic shaft in the middle. This shaft stripped it self the...
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