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Forum: DIY 07-05-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By Sotty
Anchoring is a great idea, and here is why. We...

Anchoring is a great idea, and here is why. We are always dealing with huge amounts of downward force with aquariums. So we tend to think on that level, but even a small screw into a stud that can...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-05-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 294
Posted By Sotty
I've had many small tanks with cracked trim....

I've had many small tanks with cracked trim. Never had a problem. Many 10s, a couple 20L, two 29s, and one 40. Never any issues. I never did any repairs. Only the 40 and one of the 29s had cracked...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-13-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By Sotty
Yes you will be fine my tank does this also...

Yes you will be fine my tank does this also (though not quite to that degree). Daily swings due to CO2 levels is much easier on livestock than rapid changes in KH or TDS. The pH swing you see at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-04-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 579
Posted By Sotty
Consider the shrimp. It is reliable and easy. ...

Consider the shrimp. It is reliable and easy. It has become my favored method.
Forum: DIY 03-03-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By Sotty
Ten gallon rack question

I'm thinking about building a rack for some ten gallon tanks. Does anyone have any recommendations on how much space to leave in between the top of the tank and the bottom of the next shelf ?

I...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-03-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Sotty
As an aside, if you like the cory / neon combo...

As an aside, if you like the cory / neon combo (it's one of my favorites for a planted peaceful tank) and are ever thinking about upgrading the size of your tank consider a 20g Long. It is the same...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-03-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Sotty
I think you will be fine. I would actually add a...

I think you will be fine. I would actually add a couple more neons and I think it would be a really nice looking tank.

This all assumes good maintenance and keeping an eye on water parameters...
Forum: DIY 03-03-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 461
Posted By Sotty
You could, but over time the yeast and sugar...

You could, but over time the yeast and sugar mixed dry will likely start to separate to some extent leaving the mix non - homogeneous. This would be a big deal if you gave it a good shake before...
Forum: Lighting 03-03-2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By Sotty
Yeah I would generally steer clear of unbranded...

Yeah I would generally steer clear of unbranded ebay ads as well.

It appears to be an Odyssea fixture. Thy are not high quality, but are cheap and put out a decent amount of light.

Here is...
Forum: Lighting 03-03-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By Sotty
The fish will be fine (in general). Everything...

The fish will be fine (in general). Everything we put over our tanks still pales in comparison to how bright midday sun is. So any open water fish will always be fine. The only fish I know of that...
Forum: DIY 03-02-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By Sotty
Do you think I could use 1" Poret foam for a...

Do you think I could use 1" Poret foam for a corner setup in a ten gallon. 2" just seems really thick. I pause as there is a warning on the Swiss tropic site that the 1 " foam is not suitable...
Forum: Plants 03-02-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By Sotty
Water sprite, water wisteria, java fern, java...

Water sprite, water wisteria, java fern, java moss, hygrophila, hornwort are all hardy and not demanding.

I list these as they are good beginner plants that I still use them frequently.
Forum: DIY 03-02-2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By Sotty
Hamburger Mattenfilter

So I've been reading all the archived threads about these from a few years ago and have read a fair bit about them elsewhere around the net.

I think it would be a fun project for me and could...
Forum: Fish 03-01-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 224
Posted By Sotty
Dude. Your fish eat better than I do. Well...

Dude. Your fish eat better than I do. Well done. Making me a bit guilty for not having more variety for my tanks.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-01-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 397
Posted By Sotty
Some might survive. Many will be eaten. I had a...

Some might survive. Many will be eaten. I had a very low, but not zero, survival of neo babies in a very heavily planted 55 gallon that had only 6 adult guppies and 6 adult cories and lots of guppy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-28-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 447
Posted By Sotty
Looks like a good deal. Snake and other reptile...

Looks like a good deal. Snake and other reptile tanks are good bets as long as you make sure that they are actually full strength aquariums meant to hold water and not the glass reptile enclosures...
Forum: Algae 02-24-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By Sotty
Yes, I read a previous post that you had...

Yes, I read a previous post that you had commented on that I found helpful. It was one of the things that led me to share my experience. I was considering doing your alternative dosing regimen, but...
Forum: Algae 02-23-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By Sotty
Algaefix Experience

I have seen opinions on Algaefix that are quite varied on the site. Recently used it for the first time, and wanted to share my experience.

I have a 55 gallon tank with 30 or so fancy guppies,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-20-2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By Sotty
Its not to bad, actually the shrimp beak down...

Its not to bad, actually the shrimp beak down slowly so its time released. This is nice in my opinion as you don't have to futz with adding ammonia everyday. I have never had the ammonia levels...
Forum: Equipment 02-13-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 155
Posted By Sotty
Question regarding sponge filters, air pumps, and altitude

My good buddy has become interested in getting a shrimp tank after hearing me talk about them. He lives around 8000ft in elevation. With the air being significantly less dense there, are there any...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-11-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By Sotty
Ditch the cover unless you need it for...

Ditch the cover unless you need it for troublesome inhabitants. They block light. You will have increased evap, but that isnt usually a big deal.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-11-2014, 03:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By Sotty
This is the substantive point in the debate I...

This is the substantive point in the debate I believe.

Lead's solubility in water is minuscule w/o this.

That being said, is it toxic? Yes, undoubtedly.

Do I use it? Occasionally, but as...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-11-2014, 03:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 339
Posted By Sotty
Agree with above. It will go away on its own...

Agree with above. It will go away on its own over the next week or two. Completely normal for new wood.
Forum: Fish 02-11-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Sotty
That sounds reasonable to me. Hard to tell, but...

That sounds reasonable to me. Hard to tell, but you are moderately planted with a great filter and seem to do decent maintenance.

I think it should be fine. Nice tank BTW.
Forum: Substrate 02-10-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By Sotty
I agree with the above. If keeping...

I agree with the above.

If keeping cichlids or placing really heavy rock I like to put down egg crate on the glass first and fill flush with substrate. Then place rocks. Then add rest of...
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