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Forum: Substrate 08-18-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,795
Posted By Mxx
Thanks for the clarification Tom, I used the...

Thanks for the clarification Tom, I used the thermal method most recently to prepare an underlay of mineralized topsoil for my reef tank, which I then planted with some seagrasses including stargrass...
Forum: Lighting 06-14-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 995
Posted By Mxx
So, back to the O.P. then. What PAR are you...

So, back to the O.P. then. What PAR are you looking for? I thought 50 was plenty to grow anything, and if according to BML's charts you'd be getting 50-85 then what more are you really looking for in...
Forum: Lighting 06-12-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 995
Posted By Mxx
After corresponding myself with BuildmyLED who...

After corresponding myself with BuildmyLED who were very helpful, I determined that for the tank size I was proposing which was with that exact footprint and a height of 18", their XB series (Very...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-28-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 29,836
Posted By Mxx
I think somebody misread something, it's not a...

I think somebody misread something, it's not a 125 gallon tank, according to the dimensions it seems to multiply out to about 628 gallons, which is a lot bigger than your bath! (Maybe just the sump...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-17-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,048
Posted By Mxx
You want unbaked clay by the way, pieces of clay...

You want unbaked clay by the way, pieces of clay pot aren't going to be of any benefit your soil.

I bought powdered red clay as well off the major auction site, which was easier to blend into the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-17-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,048
Posted By Mxx
I prefer the more rigid type as you know it's not...

I prefer the more rigid type as you know it's not going to move, pull out, or break if you're doing things like pulling out plants. I bought a few sheets of that and tiled them around the bottom with...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-12-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By Mxx
Great! The applesnail forum seemed to have quite...

Great! The applesnail forum seemed to have quite a few snail safe medications that could be used to clean and disinfect them. Makes me wonder how effective they are at treating whatever parasites...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By Mxx
Actually I was just looking for a fish to turn...

Actually I was just looking for a fish to turn over the surface of the sand a bit. I appreciate that white sand can sometimes start to look a little green or brown when a bit of algae/bacteria/etc...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-12-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,048
Posted By Mxx
On top of the dirt add a half inch of sand, a...

On top of the dirt add a half inch of sand, a layer of rigid plastic knitting mesh, and then cap with another inch or two of sand.

That will keep the cichlids from rooting through the soil and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By Mxx
Geophagus or other fish to clean sand?

I'm looking for a smaller-size fish to turn over and keep the white foreground pool filter sand in a 135 gallon tank clean and pristine in appearance?

Are there any nice small species of...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-12-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By Mxx
Medicating and Quarantining Snails?

Is there a way to medicate snails which I want to add to my tank in a quarantine tank to 'clean' them, and with what medications?

I know snails can harbour and act as hosts to a number of...
Forum: Fish 04-26-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By Mxx
A little hard to make sure without clearer pics,...

A little hard to make sure without clearer pics, but I'm pretty sure it's usually known as the Lochness Monster.
Forum: Plants 04-24-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 570
Posted By Mxx
I say make smoothies with it, and throw in a few...

I say make smoothies with it, and throw in a few shrimp as well for taste.
Forum: Substrate 03-25-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 837
Posted By Mxx
Depends... There are relationships between...

Depends...

There are relationships between speed and intensity of plant growth, how much food you put in, your lighting intensity, whether you are using CO2 or not, your fish stocking density,...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-22-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 1,942
Views: 669,944
Posted By Mxx
Is anyone running their edges without the HOB? I...

Is anyone running their edges without the HOB? I detest the noise the HOB makes, and I was going to redo my tank. Any proven ideas?

I was thinking of maybe a small tunze powerhead inside which is...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-22-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1,942
Views: 669,944
Posted By Mxx
Cool tank! Can you share with us how you are...

Cool tank! Can you share with us how you are running this please? Lighting? Skimming? Filtration? Etc?
Forum: Substrate 03-02-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,795
Posted By Mxx
Actually I had been either writing with Tom Barr...

Actually I had been either writing with Tom Barr about it, or had been reading what he wrote about it. And he was the one that had recommended it as an alternative method. I figured he's trusty...
Forum: Substrate 03-02-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 167,795
Posted By Mxx
To add my method, I bought a bag of regular...

To add my method,

I bought a bag of regular topsoil threw it in a 5 gallon bucket, and filled it with water. I ran my hand through the soil until it had broken up all into mud, and then flooded...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-26-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 598
Views: 171,673
Posted By Mxx
This thread still live? The more I've searched...

This thread still live? The more I've searched through different examples, the more this is the look I wish to next work from for inspiration, and I finally have the room for it finished, so time to...
Forum: Lighting 12-15-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 765
Posted By Mxx
Yes, I was thinking something along the lines of...

Yes, I was thinking something along the lines of 5050 smd RGB strips like those on Ebay.

(Disclosure: I just bought 30 metres of just such a thing direct from the factory in China, for indirect...
Forum: Lighting 12-13-2013, 01:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 765
Posted By Mxx
I've experimented and researched LED's...

I've experimented and researched LED's extensively in my planted tank, in my reef tank, and in my home.

For my next planted tank build I'm planning on either using almost exclusively neutral...
Forum: Substrate 10-05-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,027
Posted By Mxx
To keep dirt and sand separate, I put in the...

To keep dirt and sand separate, I put in the dirt, put in 1/2-1/4 inch of sand, and then put down large sheets of rigid plastic knitting mesh. And then I capped that with an inch of sand. The mesh...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 08-31-2013, 12:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 943
Posted By Mxx
I was looking for a drinking water...

I was looking for a drinking water remineralization system. But I'm a little unsure about it, being that it's not detailed on your website. Can you please describe the basis of the type of minerals...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-22-2013, 10:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,585
Posted By Mxx
Not sure what your windows look like, but I'd...

Not sure what your windows look like, but I'd likely suggest just putting venetian blinds on it. Close them if you're getting algae or overheating problems, open them if it helps your plants and...
Forum: Fish 07-19-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 220
Posted By Mxx
I know what you mean, those sorts of things were...

I know what you mean, those sorts of things were happening all the time in my High School.
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