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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 829
Posted By MarkM
I have used the process outlined by Diana above...

I have used the process outlined by Diana above four times now and it works. The tanks don't have ammonia or nitrite issues even following the addition of sigificant bio loads.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-20-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 872
Posted By MarkM
Different situation for me. I set up a 120 in my...

Different situation for me. I set up a 120 in my family room on the ground floor. Floor is built over a crawl space, 2x10 joice every 16", 5/8 subfloor, finished with 1/2" hardwood planks. I...
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 635
Posted By MarkM
As said above, to rewire the circuit an...

As said above, to rewire the circuit an electrician should be able to do that very quickly. One of the hot legs has to be moved to the neutral bar. Then a new 110 receptical installed. Power is...
Forum: Plants 04-06-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By MarkM
I'm a plant novice. I have two Madagascar Lace...

I'm a plant novice. I have two Madagascar Lace plants in each of two tanks. They grow in cycles going dormant for rwo to three months after growing for about six months. My tanks are low tech, par...
Forum: Fish 04-06-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By MarkM
I think I am operating on beginners luck. Started...

I think I am operating on beginners luck. Started a new tank a year ago with the intension of keeping Angles. I have a community planted 120. I have six Angles that I got from a breeder through the...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2014, 12:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 775
Posted By MarkM
I have two Fluvals, an FX6 and a 306. Both are...

I have two Fluvals, an FX6 and a 306. Both are very quiet and run trouble free.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-18-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,094
Posted By MarkM
I have a couple of tanks and the house is on a...

I have a couple of tanks and the house is on a septic tank so I do not want to put 75 gallons a week of waste water in the septic tank. I have a 55 gallon drum set up outside and use one hose as a...
Forum: Equipment 03-18-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 461
Posted By MarkM
have run a fluval 306 in one tank for about six...

have run a fluval 306 in one tank for about six months and a Fluval FX6 in the larger tank for about a year. Happy with both, both are very quiet.

The 306 did have a few set up issues. The hose...
Forum: Fish 03-04-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 188
Posted By MarkM
I have six. Most of the time ,at least when I am...

I have six. Most of the time ,at least when I am looking, five stay together in a group and one is off by itself. Never figured out why....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-04-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By MarkM
More Info

OK, more information on my tanks. First I have a 120 and a 50. Fifty has been up for about 9 years with plants for about 1 year. The 120 has been up for 8 months.

Here are picts of the 120 and 50....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-03-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By MarkM
Dry Fert Dosing Question

I have two low tech planted tanks. Each has a medium fish loading, medium to heavy plant load, low light, reasonable filtration, substrate, and temperature. Plants are all low light and are growing...
Forum: Equipment 02-28-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,100
Posted By MarkM
Mine were similar and it took a lot of pressure...

Mine were similar and it took a lot of pressure to get them over the lip.
Forum: Substrate 02-22-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By MarkM
It should go away after several days. I use...

It should go away after several days. I use Flourite Black gravel in my 120 and I am very happy with it. I used a kitchen strainer to clean it originally. I did have cloudy water for about three days...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 02-16-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,471
Posted By MarkM
hmm, still do a cycle when I set up my tanks, not...

hmm, still do a cycle when I set up my tanks, not that hard and just takes a bit of time...

I like your pvc tank drain fill as it is really simple, I will modify mine a bit with your idea, I also...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-16-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 265
Posted By MarkM
bought 20ppi foam, 40ppi foam, and syn floss in...

bought 20ppi foam, 40ppi foam, and syn floss in bulk rolls, less than 40 dollars for all and I have a 3'x10' roll of each...I have used less than 20% of each over the past year in an FX6 + 306...
Forum: Equipment 02-09-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 709
Posted By MarkM
I have two tanks with Fluval canisters, a FX6 and...

I have two tanks with Fluval canisters, a FX6 and a 306. I use the Fluval pre filters in both, use 40ppi bulk foam, and bulk syn glass as well as the fluval ceramic beads. I clean the foam, rinse the...
Forum: Fish 02-02-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By MarkM
I have six Angels in my 120 which uses a FX6...

I have six Angels in my 120 which uses a FX6 filter. I was concerned with the flow rate produced by the FX6 and considering changing the outflow to a bar with many outlets. I tried the standard setup...
Forum: Equipment 02-02-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 877
Posted By MarkM
Two Tanks

I have two tanks in the same room on two separate 15 amp circuits. 120 has 2 x 300W heaters, an FX6 filter, a 60" LED fixture, and an air pump. The 50 has 2 x 200W heaters, A F306 filter, a 48" LED...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-15-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,304
Posted By MarkM
I think the combination of new canister filters...

I think the combination of new canister filters and new LED lights. These replace HOB filter and T5 fixtures. Tanks are in my family room and the noise level has gone down to very quiet from way too...
Forum: Equipment 01-15-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 348
Posted By MarkM
Your cell charger would be fine to power a 5v...

Your cell charger would be fine to power a 5v solenoid that consumed less than 700ma. 5volt solenoids are rare, they commonly come in 12 or 24 volts DC and 24 or 115V AC. Each solenoid will be rated...
Forum: Lighting 01-14-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 967
Posted By MarkM
When I purchased my first LED fixture from BML I...

When I purchased my first LED fixture from BML I wanted to look at several aspects of it. One of the things I did was to measure the power consumption. I was replacing a florescent fixture which I...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-13-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 941
Posted By MarkM
I am definitely low tech. I actually have a GLA...

I am definitely low tech. I actually have a GLA CO2 system with 2 tanks. I made myself an algae mess for six months attempting CO2 and high light. I pulled it out and have not been using any CO2 for...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-13-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 941
Posted By MarkM
Hi Cor, I have thought about attempting to...

Hi Cor,
I have thought about attempting to change my lights between tanks for a test. Problem is that I have a 48" fixture and a 60" fixture. The 48 on the large tank might have issues at both ends...
Forum: Lighting 01-13-2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,529
Posted By MarkM
I use glass tops on my tanks. As noted, they take...

I use glass tops on my tanks. As noted, they take a lot of cleaning. I remove them and clean at least once a month. I tested my par several months ago just before cleaning the glass and after. The...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-13-2014, 02:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 941
Posted By MarkM
Cor, I borrowed a friends GH test kit, she uses...

Cor,
I borrowed a friends GH test kit, she uses it for her saltwater tanks. I read a bit and found that GH is the sum of calcium and magnesium. The test I used, API, does not give the individual...
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