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Forum: Tank Journals 02-27-2014, 12:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 788
Posted By fandsw
8 week update

14.3g Bowfront progress report: Tank is up and running now for 2 months, really great plant growth even without CO2. Before and after pic really shows the difference. Only hiccup was a bout of ick...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-22-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,084
Posted By fandsw
I went by to check out their 40B: an okay tank,...

I went by to check out their 40B: an okay tank, not one I'd use as a showcase tank. They are PetSmart's "Great Choice" brand tanks, looked to be a bit nicer than the Tetras that Petco sells in...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-31-2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 788
Posted By fandsw
4 week update

4 week update

After a 14 day battle with ick that cost me 18 neons, 3 cories, 1 oto and 8 RCS shrimp things are finally back to normal. The 85 deg F temps didn't hurt the plants and they've...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-31-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 153
Posted By fandsw
Finnex Fugeray Planted+. I have it on my 14g...

Finnex Fugeray Planted+. I have it on my 14g bowfront that is 24" wide. Great plant growth without CO2, just dosing Excel every day.
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By fandsw
Two words: inline reactor. Getting an inline...

Two words: inline reactor. Getting an inline reactor going in the outflow of the canister will cause the CO2 to disperse better, lessening the amount of CO2 lost to the surface.
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By fandsw
For a 90 gallon I'd get 2 of whatever filter you...

For a 90 gallon I'd get 2 of whatever filter you decide upon. That way you can better control the water circulation and you can then alternate on cleaning filters, minimizing any mini-cycles that...
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By fandsw
First choice is to keep both running for 2-3...

First choice is to keep both running for 2-3 weeks as someone else suggested.

If that's not possible I'd recommend something like Tetra Safestart+ added to the tank to help seed the new HOB with...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-26-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 457
Posted By fandsw
Is this a new tank, old tank, what size, what...

Is this a new tank, old tank, what size, what kind of plants and/or inhabitants? What kind of tank are you looking to create, i.e. pure planted, community, shrimp, etc?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-23-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
You should be ok. Just monitor your water...

You should be ok. Just monitor your water parameters daily. If they hold for a week your tank should be balanced and settled in, then you can start cutting back your water parameter monitoring to a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
wade your tests look good, but you need to have...

wade your tests look good, but you need to have something in the tank producing ammonia like jbrady mentioned, like fish producing waste, leftover food, etc.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
No, shouldn't be to early....Do you have any...

No, shouldn't be to early....Do you have any bioload in the tank, i.e. fish? No ammonia is good, are you measuring nitrites and nitrates? Ammonia and nitrites should be zero, with some nitrates...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 01:28 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
Ouch...how long ago was this? Was it the...

Ouch...how long ago was this? Was it the Safestart or Safestart+? What you described sure sounds like something I had heard about before with the original Safestart, that it really didn't do...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 12:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
Hmm, when I checked them at my local store last...

Hmm, when I checked them at my local store last month the Safestart there did not mention the Bio-Spira.....you maybe right, maybe it is a recent change and they are combining them into one name. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
One of Tetra's sub brands "Instant Ocean" still...

One of Tetra's sub brands "Instant Ocean" still sells the saltwater marine formula as Bio-Spira. I guess they didn't want to confuse the 2 products, but if that's the case why have both Safestart...
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,719
Posted By fandsw
I also threw out the carbon in my C3 when it was...

I also threw out the carbon in my C3 when it was new, but I just bought some more of the same C-Nodes biomedia that came with the filter. This basically doubled my bio capability.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-22-2014, 12:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
Safestart+ is a DIFFERENT formulation than...

Safestart+ is a DIFFERENT formulation than Safestart and does not contain the bio bacteria that makes Safestart+ effective. I would not recommend it. Plain Safestart has been on the market for...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-21-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
Yep, I added the fish at the same time as the...

Yep, I added the fish at the same time as the Safestart+. Not a problem to them at all.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-21-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,855
Posted By fandsw
Tetra Safestart+ worked well for me only, 14g...

Tetra Safestart+ worked well for me only, 14g planted tank. Had .25 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and 10-20 nitrates within 2 days. Totally cycled in 7 days. Ammonia never went above .25. Be sure to fully...
Forum: Lighting 01-06-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By fandsw
You got it!

You got it!
Forum: Lighting 01-06-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By fandsw
No, 16 or 20 are the closest. I'd use a 20 and...

No, 16 or 20 are the closest. I'd use a 20 and adjust the legs inward, which is easily done as they just slide into place. The outermost 1/2" or so don't have a LED anyway, so it's not too big of a...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 01-05-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By fandsw
I got the 14.3g version a couple weeks back, here...

I got the 14.3g version a couple weeks back, here is the journal for it so far:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=511249&highlight=
Forum: Tank Journals 01-03-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 788
Posted By fandsw
One week update

One week update: Tank fully cycled with Safe Start Plus, parameters were 0/0/20 this morning. Ammonia did go up a hair to 0.25ppm during the cycle for 3 days, but it's now at 0. Nitrates started...
Forum: Lighting 01-03-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 724
Posted By fandsw
IMO with the cost of quality LEDs continuing to...

IMO with the cost of quality LEDs continuing to drop it doesn't make sense to go with CF, especially when you start talking larger fixtures. Keep in mind that in 10-12 months the CF bulbs will need...
Forum: Equipment 01-02-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 435
Posted By fandsw
I hear you, between yours and others valuable...

I hear you, between yours and others valuable posts both here and in other forums I'm in the process of putting together my own regulator using a rebuilt Victor Dual Stage, Burkett solenoid, and...
Forum: Fish 12-28-2013, 12:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By fandsw
The only not pregnant guppy is a male guppy........

The only not pregnant guppy is a male guppy..... ;)

Seriously, all look like they've been hit, with exception maybe of the blue tailed one....
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