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Forum: Fish 07-11-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By astex
You can also supplement with a gel food designed...

You can also supplement with a gel food designed for them as well. It's not ideal, but good for the months where you may not get enough sun to culture your own.
Forum: Plants 07-08-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 202
Posted By astex
Hornwort is great, and it's very easy to remove...

Hornwort is great, and it's very easy to remove later if you like. Any pond type floater generally works well also.
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 07-08-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,533
Posted By astex
What is your substrate in the tank portion?

What is your substrate in the tank portion?
Forum: Equipment 07-07-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 724
Posted By astex
I've had both and recently had to replace my...

I've had both and recently had to replace my sunsun after it cracked and wouldn't stop leaking. While it worked it was quiet, easy to setup/start and after 4 years of use, for what I paid, I don't...
Forum: Substrate 06-04-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By astex
Sand far left, floracor red, lake gems on right ...

Sand far left, floracor red, lake gems on right

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=16849&pictureid=59681

Lake Gems, Floragems, Red
...
Forum: Substrate 06-04-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 51,764
Posted By astex
Lake Gems on the right, the Floracor Red on the...

Lake Gems on the right, the Floracor Red on the left

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=16849&pictureid=59641

Lake Gems on left, Flora Gems center, Floracor red on right
...
Forum: Equipment 10-23-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By astex
There are also glass tanks w/ PVC bottoms that...

There are also glass tanks w/ PVC bottoms that split the difference weight wise. I just bought a 180 and two guys were able to lift it up onto the stand for me. Obviously you have to buy from one...
Forum: Aquascaping 06-17-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 863
Posted By astex
I think the wood needs to be shifted over a bit...

I think the wood needs to be shifted over a bit to get it out of the corner and more at the golden ratio point of view. Other than that, I like the look.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 06-15-2013, 07:01 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 83,112
Posted By astex
My tank has glass tops, so I just cut another...

My tank has glass tops, so I just cut another piece of foam, put it on top of the filter foam and it smishes up against the glass. It's not pretty but it works. When I take down these tanks (temp...
Forum: Lighting 05-29-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By astex
So your original idea was 4 bulbs total,...

So your original idea was 4 bulbs total, staggered? Or was I missing where shorter/longer bulbs were available from AHS?

I'll look for the 6' bulbs, I don't remember seeing any in my searches...
Forum: Lighting 05-29-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By astex
So the 12" at each end of the tank would still...

So the 12" at each end of the tank would still get enough light (4' bulb, 6' tank right?).

That would be easier than I was expecting, which would make me very happy. I underestimated the level...
Forum: Lighting 05-28-2013, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By astex
Dream Tank Lighting Quandry

Hi all,

I'm finally getting my 180g "this is it" tank and am trying to figure out what to do with lighting.

Tank will be sand substrate with root tabs as needed. I tend towards low to mid...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-10-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 83,112
Posted By astex
Yeah, I bought the jet lifters for convenience,...

Yeah, I bought the jet lifters for convenience, but they really are just nice PVC (a bit thinner than your average PVC though). I think the key is that they turn and poke through the foam wall. I'm...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-10-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 508
Views: 83,112
Posted By astex
I have one on my 2-40B set up, the 19.5x19.5 and...

I have one on my 2-40B set up, the 19.5x19.5 and just run it off an air pump. So far so good. There is good mulm build up and the flow is surprisingly good across the top of the tank.

I think as...
Forum: Fish 04-19-2012, 05:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,873
Posted By astex
Have you ever checked your TDS levels? Big jumps...

Have you ever checked your TDS levels? Big jumps in those numbers can shock fish as well.
Forum: Invertebrates by Msjinkzd 02-10-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 34,898
Posted By astex
A use for driftwood that won't sink.

Dig out all the unsinkable driftwood you have and put some of this food on it.

My fish loved being able to pick the food off the underside of the floating wood, and I now have a use for...
Forum: Fish 12-01-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 10,497
Posted By astex
Crab cuisine is still the favorite in all my...

Crab cuisine is still the favorite in all my tanks. I've had better luck getting the reluctant fish to try them by mixing it in a 1:3 ratio instead of the 1:2 listed on the package. Once I made...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2011, 06:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,087
Posted By astex
Most heater ratings are based on raising the tank...

Most heater ratings are based on raising the tank temperature 10 degrees above room temp. I have the same problem in the winter when my house is 62 degrees. Google heater sizes aquariums or similar...
Forum: Fish 10-28-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 10,497
Posted By astex
Re-test of the solient green and super green on...

Re-test of the solient green and super green on tank 1 resulted in a tie vote by the red cherry shrimp, and an obvious preference for the solient green by the L144s in the tank.
No interest in the...
Forum: Fish 10-17-2011, 02:43 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 10,497
Posted By astex
I mixed up some of my samples this weekend. ...

I mixed up some of my samples this weekend. Started with the meat pie and once I realized how much the initial instructions make up, made smaller quantities of the other ones.

The meat pie was...
Forum: Plants 06-20-2011, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,030
Posted By astex
First plant looks like an Amazon Sword, possibly...

First plant looks like an Amazon Sword, possibly one of the varieties with red in it. Swords tend to take over the tank as long as they are being fertilized, usually with root tabs. I don't know how...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-27-2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,973
Posted By astex
And I was just thinking I needed some more...

And I was just thinking I needed some more emerald eyes for my one tank. When will they be for sale?
Forum: Equipment 04-11-2011, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,699
Posted By astex
Love mine as well. The only criticism I have is...

Love mine as well. The only criticism I have is that the intlet/outlet tubes are rather delicate and prone to crack at the joints if you're not careful. I caved and replaced my inlet completely and...
Forum: Photography 02-23-2011, 12:49 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,823
Posted By astex
When I was doing research for my purchase, I ran...

When I was doing research for my purchase, I ran across the below site. The articles are all written in understandable terms and he has some great reviews of cameras.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-18-2011, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Posted By astex
Try some Val nana...it's thinner than regular val...

Try some Val nana...it's thinner than regular val but still gets tall. It also seems easier to contain.
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