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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-23-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,776
Posted By dubvstudent
Might want to place some in a glass of water and...

Might want to place some in a glass of water and take some PH measurements. It is advertised as a saltwater product, used in refugiums, so I would worry about it buffering your PH. Just a though.
Forum: Tank Journals   12-27-2012, 12:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,549
Posted By dubvstudent
Plants and the light... ...

Plants and the light...
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/AdQiUyA/12-12-12065_zps11ee72b5.jpg
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/AdQiUyA/12-12-12055_zps14e528de.jpg...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-21-2012, 02:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,247
Posted By dubvstudent
Thought I would update the old journal on a wimb....

Thought I would update the old journal on a wimb.
It has been a while, but the HC carpet is returning.

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/12-12-12027_zps7e077fad.jpg
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   12-21-2012, 02:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,190
Posted By dubvstudent
Filling out nicely. ...

Filling out nicely.
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/AdQiUyA/12-12-12015_zps938a6286.jpg
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/AdQiUyA/12-12-12019_zps06a59c1d.jpg
Forum: Tank Journals   12-19-2012, 11:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,549
Posted By dubvstudent
I have a large 42w 6700k spiral florescent bulb I...

I have a large 42w 6700k spiral florescent bulb I will be using. I am currently looking for a lamp that will accommodation the lengthy bulb.


Agreed. I haven't had a reef going in years now,...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-19-2012, 12:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,549
Posted By dubvstudent
Sorry about the crumby camera-phone pics. I...

Sorry about the crumby camera-phone pics. I forgot to grab my camera last weekend.

Tested the plumbing:
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/AdQiUyA/1st_zps791955a4.jpg

Added...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-13-2012, 03:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,549
Posted By dubvstudent
The Sump/Filter is complete. The water...

The Sump/Filter is complete.

The water enters the sump in the top right corner. It flows through a series of baffles before turning the corner and heading for the return pump. The pump is rated...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-10-2012, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,549
Posted By dubvstudent
Yes, The majority of the plant mass in this tank...

Yes, The majority of the plant mass in this tank will be above the water line. I will be using anubias, riccia, and mosses around the waterline, some vine-like plantings to overtake the wood, and...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-10-2012, 04:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,549
Posted By dubvstudent
The stand/cabinet is finished and the base of the...

The stand/cabinet is finished and the base of the hardscape is now complete.

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/AdQiUyA/12-10-12001.jpg

Just trying to get a feel for the...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-06-2012, 06:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,549
Posted By dubvstudent
20 Gallon Shallow Cube (56K)

12/25/12:
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/AdQiUyA/12-12-12055_zps14e528de.jpg

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Setup:

Tank - 24" x 24" x 8"
Lighting - (1) 42w...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   11-15-2012, 11:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,190
Posted By dubvstudent
There are some Endler's Guppy fry in there now. ...

There are some Endler's Guppy fry in there now. They are hard to see because they are still small and the manzanita in there is still leaching alot of tannins.

This tank is essentially a scale...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   11-14-2012, 01:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,190
Posted By dubvstudent
1.75G Custom Cube

I decided to finally try my hand at building my own tank. This being my first attempt, I decided to go nano.

I found some cheap 1/4 inch plate glass on craigslist and bought a quality glass...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-29-2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,008
Posted By dubvstudent
I limit mine the old fashioned way, by killing...

I limit mine the old fashioned way, by killing some off. Just bait them in (piece of cucumber of zucchini works well) and once they are on it, crush or throw away the ones you don't want.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-23-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,189
Posted By dubvstudent
To my knowledge, would cannot rot/decompose if it...

To my knowledge, would cannot rot/decompose if it is fully submerged. I have no clue how temp would effect leaching though.

I bought some manzi about 4 months ago and it is still leaching...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-23-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,809
Posted By dubvstudent
Good question. You would probably have to...

Good question. You would probably have to consider the form too. i.e. what type of nitrogen and phosphate containing compounds are occurring and how readily are those used by plants.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-23-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,809
Posted By dubvstudent
The content of the feces will depend somewhat on...

The content of the feces will depend somewhat on the food. Cheaper or lower quality foods will tend to lead to high phosphates if proper husbandry is lacking. In other words, i feel that what is...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-19-2012, 04:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,247
Posted By dubvstudent
Its been a while, and I kinda let the tank go. ...

Its been a while, and I kinda let the tank go. But it is never too late for a rescape.

Got some manzi off plantbrain and went to this setup:...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-15-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By dubvstudent
There was a good 4 part article called : A...

There was a good 4 part article called :

A 45-Gallon Paludarium for Freshwater Crabs

That ran in TFH Magazine from May till August of 2011. It had some great info and a step buy step setup if...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-15-2012, 03:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By dubvstudent
I would advise against the reptile pads. They...

I would advise against the reptile pads. They heat up quickly, and when in contact with a cold surface there is a chance (however remote), of cracking your bottom pane.

There are heating cables...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-15-2012, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 899
Posted By dubvstudent
I would consider constructing some form of false...

I would consider constructing some form of false bottom instead. If you simply separate the front and back portions (presumably filling in the back with some form of substrate) the back portion...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-09-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,663
Posted By dubvstudent
Can you post a picture of where you where the...

Can you post a picture of where you where the current tank is? I am havinng a tough time visualizing it I guess.

If you have enough room behind the tank for a large HOB, I would think you could 2...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-09-2012, 03:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,167
Posted By dubvstudent
Check out this thread: ...

Check out this thread:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/lighting/105774-par-vs-distance-t5-t12-pc.html

It has a chart that will help you figure out where you need to be.

Fully carpeting...
Forum: Equipment   04-19-2012, 02:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 689
Posted By dubvstudent
Canister is Loud, Cavitation Problems

I have been having issues with my ehiem 2213.

The first few months I had it it was near silent. About 3-4 months ago though now it started getting louder and having issues with cavitation...
Forum: Tank Journals   04-14-2012, 04:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,247
Posted By dubvstudent
Keep meaning to redo this thing... ...

Keep meaning to redo this thing...

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd425/ncarrol1/Aquaria/4-13-12024.jpg

I have some new wood (manzy) on the way. Guess I'm going to soak it for a month or...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-11-2012, 11:21 PM
Replies: 10
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Views: 557
Posted By dubvstudent
I hate doing it sometimes myself, especially when...

I hate doing it sometimes myself, especially when you have such a large, nice piece like that; but you could trim it.

I think that (perspective of photo) the thicker bottom section could be cut...
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