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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-02-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By Dave Allen
The HC melted over a period of days to weeks....

The HC melted over a period of days to weeks. There was a melt back during the dry start and then the rest didn't take the flood. I knew there would be some loss during the transition, so I really...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-01-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By Dave Allen
Oxl and FreshPuff, thanks for the encouraging...

Oxl and FreshPuff, thanks for the encouraging words! I'm glad there are always people around to talk me away from the planted tank ledge!

Both of you had suggestions for the lighting, so some more...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-01-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By Dave Allen
struggling with my tank--advice needed!

Hi all,

I hate writing threads like this, but I'm really at a loss for what to do with my tank. This is not my first planted tank setup, but after a series of failures, I'm feeling like a noob...
Forum: Algae 02-24-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By Dave Allen
Not a great shot, but it shows the stains. It...

Not a great shot, but it shows the stains. It doesn't bother me enough to take apart my system and bleach (yet). I'm just curious about what it is and surprised that vinyl could get stained in just a...
Forum: Algae 02-24-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By Dave Allen
reddish pink stains of filter tubing

I just cleaned my canister filter tubing. The intake had some reddish-pink deposits (algae, mulm?) which I cleaned off. Despite a thorough scrubbing, there are still some pinkish stains on the inside...
Forum: DIY 01-12-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By Dave Allen
Thanks for the replies so far! It seems like the...

Thanks for the replies so far! It seems like the consensus is to avoid the bio-balls.

Also, I no longer have to worry about whether the 1.5" PVC is too narrow. I found a length of 2" clear PVC at...
Forum: DIY 01-11-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By Dave Allen
DIY CO2 reactor questions

Hi all,

I have been reading a ton of posts on this topic on multiple forums and am feeling a bit waterlogged with information. What's my solution? Start another post about it!

I want to...
Forum: Equipment 12-29-2013, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By Dave Allen
Yup! And that seems like a great price for a 2213!

Yup! And that seems like a great price for a 2213!
Forum: Equipment 12-28-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By Dave Allen
In the market for an Eheim 2217?

Hi all,

After shopping around for a new 2217 the past few weeks, I finally committed myself to ordering one today. I think I got a good deal! $122.57 brand new!

Big Al's had the best online...
Forum: Substrate 07-04-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By Dave Allen
If I recapped it with a couple inches of new...

If I recapped it with a couple inches of new substrate, the powersand wouldn't be exposed to light. I'm not sure if algae would be an issue.
Forum: Substrate 07-04-2013, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By Dave Allen
question about reusing aquasoil and powersand

Hi all,

I have a tank that I'd like to rescape with about 1 year old ADA Amazonia and Powersand Regular. When I first set up the substrate, I followed the ADA directions of laying down the...
Forum: Tank Journals 06-15-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,360
Posted By Dave Allen
Gorgeous! I love tanks where the hardscape...

Gorgeous! I love tanks where the hardscape extends out of the tank like this! Great placement of the smaller pieces to look like roots and trees in the background. Will you put any plants on the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-07-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
Ha! The drop checker is always yellow! Even in...

Ha! The drop checker is always yellow! Even in the morning before CO2, it is a yellow-green.

If I increase surface movement, wouldn't I be out-gassing the extra CO2 I'm trying to add? I do have a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-07-2013, 02:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
Its been a couple of days with the glass lid on...

Its been a couple of days with the glass lid on to reduce PAR. pH in the tank averaging 6.4 w/ CO2, any higher and all the fishes are at the surface. It still seems like insufficient CO2 to me, but I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-05-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
Thanks Tom and Wasserpest and everyone else! What...

Thanks Tom and Wasserpest and everyone else! What a crazy/amazing hobby we all share! I really do appreciate all the help and advice. I'd hate to see where I would be with planted tanks without this...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-04-2013, 02:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
No worries snausage! I picked up the Mardell...

No worries snausage! I picked up the Mardell brand and started the cycle this afternoon.



One thing I forgot to mention in my initial summary is that I replaced my bulbs right around the time...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-03-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
It is an established tank that has been running...

It is an established tank that has been running since September.

Wasser, you initially suggested Erythromycin treatment over 5 days. Are you suggesting not to do that and instead focus on the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-03-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
Snausage, don't take this the wrong way, but...

Snausage, don't take this the wrong way, but everything I have read suggests that reducing nutrients is the opposite of what I should do. I keep reading that ferts do not cause algae. Rather it is a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-03-2013, 03:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
I've increased the CO2, saw some fish gasping,...

I've increased the CO2, saw some fish gasping, and then dialed it back a bit. Also put the glass lid that came with the tank back on top to cut the PAR.

I'm thinking that I might start the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-02-2013, 08:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
Thanks for all the responses! Tom - I really...

Thanks for all the responses!

Tom - I really thought I had adequate CO2 but I defer to you. I will slowly increase the bpm. And if I am doing multiple water changes per week, do you have any...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 06-02-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By Dave Allen
struggling along the path towards water parameter zen

I'm not sure if this thread should be in algae or water parameters, but here goes!

Tank:
ADA 60-P with amazonia aquasoil, powersand, ADA additives
Eheim ECCO 2236 with hydo inline
2 x T5H0...
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2013, 11:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Dave Allen
Ha! So if I sell the solenoids on flea bay, I can...

Ha! So if I sell the solenoids on flea bay, I can almost finance a new reg set.

Brilliant!
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Dave Allen
Elyssa-I'm hoping that someone here can give me a...

Elyssa-I'm hoping that someone here can give me a ballpark of what this would cost before I buy them.

I do appreciate all the warnings of caution, but I'm much more interested in the specifics of...
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2013, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Dave Allen
I understand the risks involved in pressurized...

I understand the risks involved in pressurized gases but if there is a possibility of putting these regs back into service and learning something in the process, I'd like to take advantage.
Forum: Equipment 05-18-2013, 03:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By Dave Allen
It looks like a little metal part that screws...

It looks like a little metal part that screws into the regulator? I've been searching online around for replacement parts but haven't found one yet. Is it a universal size on all regulators?

I...
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