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Forum: DIY 04-19-2008, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,114
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I bought some of those bulkhead fittings from...

I bought some of those bulkhead fittings from Tower Hobbies, found them almost useless - fragile, very leaky. Pulling the tubing through a slightly smaller hole is a better solution. It works best...
Forum: Equipment 04-04-2008, 03:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,088
Posted By UnusualSuspect
You can buy the 4dKH standard solution here:...

You can buy the 4dKH standard solution here: http://liquidarthome.net/khstandard#products

Someplace there's a recipe, but I made my own 4dKH standard by adding a ridiculously small amount of...
Forum: Equipment 04-04-2008, 03:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,726
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I tried the Koralia-2 on the back of the 90gal,...

I tried the Koralia-2 on the back of the 90gal, near the top and angled downward; as well as at the side with the flow going across the tank. It really just laid the plants down, way too much flow....
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2008, 12:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,726
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I tried a Koralia-2 in my 90gal, for about 2...

I tried a Koralia-2 in my 90gal, for about 2 days. It was too much, the plants were basically horizontal.

:icon_idea

Oops, I mean, it was great! Go for it. I'd recommend a Koralia-2, and...
Forum: DIY 02-23-2008, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,394
Posted By UnusualSuspect
See my thread on the subject - it's working great...

See my thread on the subject - it's working great for me.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/diy/56598-consistent-2-3-bps-pressurized-diy.html

Regards,
Mike
Forum: Substrate 02-23-2008, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 983
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I put up a 36 bow about a month ago with black...

I put up a 36 bow about a month ago with black flourite. Here's a not-especially-good photo from last weekend.

http://www.pbase.com/mlandry/image/93314284.jpg

Regards,
Mike
Forum: Equipment 02-17-2008, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,108
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I have a whole box of the 7.01 packets sitting...

I have a whole box of the 7.01 packets sitting un-used. They gave me terrible results - absolutely un-repeatable. I'd calibrate the meter with a packet, then re-test a minute or two later with a...
Forum: Equipment 02-16-2008, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,108
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I quit messing with those calibration packets. ...

I quit messing with those calibration packets. Now I just test my pH with an API test kit and set the pH controller to match it.



If you're sure you've got 4dKH water in the DC and it's not...
Forum: Equipment 02-16-2008, 04:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 909
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I put a powerhead on mine, goes much faster and I...

I put a powerhead on mine, goes much faster and I don't waste any water creating the siphon.

Regards,
Mike

Edit to add photo. I use the powerhead "pigtail" to drain, then put the gravel-vac...
Forum: Substrate 02-10-2008, 05:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,847
Posted By UnusualSuspect
Yep - turkey baster. I cut the tip off mine, so...

Yep - turkey baster. I cut the tip off mine, so the blast is not quite so ... um ... what's a good word ... directional? sharp?

I find that I tear up my 'scape every so often and re-do it -...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-10-2008, 04:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,007
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I've mixed EcoComplete with the gravel when I...

I've mixed EcoComplete with the gravel when I converted a previously fish-only tank, and it worked out well for me. I have not used the Eco alone.

I recently took down a 29gal tank and moved the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-10-2008, 04:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 465
Posted By UnusualSuspect
One thing that Kasselmann recommends is to sketch...

One thing that Kasselmann recommends is to sketch out a plan to work from. Here's a sketch I was working on last weekend - kinda messy, sorry.

http://www.pbase.com/mlandry/image/92748959.jpg
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-10-2008, 02:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 702
Posted By UnusualSuspect
Well, I'm the chap he refers to... Yes,...

Well, I'm the chap he refers to...

Yes, it's still working great, no explosions - but I kept a real close eye on it when I first set it up. :icon_excl

I'm not sure I'd use this method on a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-10-2008, 01:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 465
Posted By UnusualSuspect
When I was getting started about a year ago, the...

When I was getting started about a year ago, the owner of my LFS showed me a book that had some sample layouts in it. I ordered my own copy, got some good ideas from it. I still refer back to it...
Forum: Equipment 02-03-2008, 05:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 25,410
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I Googled "Fluval 504" - that seems to be the...

I Googled "Fluval 504" - that seems to be the designation for the foam pads used in an FX5. Did you mean "Fluval 405"?

I run Fluvals on two tanks, a 405 and a 205. I like them. Wiggle them...
Forum: Equipment 02-03-2008, 04:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By UnusualSuspect
My SMS122 agrees with my API test kit almost any...

My SMS122 agrees with my API test kit almost any time I care to compare the two. There's almost no "drift", and I don't bother with the calibration packets. I have to tweak the calibration screw...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-03-2008, 01:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By UnusualSuspect
hehe - yep, I didn't say it was difficult to do,...

hehe - yep, I didn't say it was difficult to do, just that I hadn't seen a DIY design that includes one.

Mike
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-03-2008, 01:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By UnusualSuspect
That's exactly my setup, but I don't use the...

That's exactly my setup, but I don't use the Magnum for my main filtration.

My main filter is a Fluval 405, no other equipment inline on it. I was driving the AM1000 reactor plus a TurboTwist UV...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-01-2008, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,213
Posted By UnusualSuspect
Aha ... you've cornered the zebra. :hihi: ...

Aha ... you've cornered the zebra. :hihi:

I have a pH controller. Within a narrow range, CO2 would be constant regardless of how fast it out-gases. (I say narrow range because there's a lag...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-01-2008, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,213
Posted By UnusualSuspect
It began two days after I installed the spray bar...

It began two days after I installed the spray bar and stopped immediately after I re-oriented it to point slightly upward, restoring slight surface agitation.

As I said, NOTHING had changed in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-01-2008, 02:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,213
Posted By UnusualSuspect
Well, sure ... do it that way if you prefer dead...

Well, sure ... do it that way if you prefer dead fish. :icon_cry:

I did it that way when I installed my first spraybar. The water surface was like glass, no agitation at all. Very cool, or so I...
Forum: DIY 01-29-2008, 04:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,990
Posted By UnusualSuspect
Update: I have not added any stuffed monkeys to...

Update: I have not added any stuffed monkeys to the setup. :rolleyes:

Two weeks ago, the tank magically morphed from a 29gal with 65 watts to a 36 bow with 130 watts. I used Black Fluorite. ...
Forum: Equipment 01-29-2008, 03:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 932
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I began with that Red Sea 500 reactor a year ago...

I began with that Red Sea 500 reactor a year ago on my 90gal. It wasn't enough, and I switched to an AM1000.

I'm now using the Red Sea 500 on a 36 bow, and it's working great. You do have to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-26-2008, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 455
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I've done that twice a week for over a year now,...

I've done that twice a week for over a year now, no cloudiness or green water.

Regards,
Mike
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-25-2008, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 455
Posted By UnusualSuspect
I live in Colorado Springs, our tap water is...

I live in Colorado Springs, our tap water is essentially snow melt - very soft, like yours.

I do add a dash of Seachem Equilibrium (GH) and baking soda (KH) when I change water. Not sure it's...
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