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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-22-2015, 03:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,307
Posted By Mark Allred
Any Malaysian Driftwood I have ever bought...

Any Malaysian Driftwood I have ever bought doesn't need to be waterlogged. It's heavy stuff! Perhaps you have something else?
Forum: Substrate   02-03-2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,353
Posted By Mark Allred
I have had my 125 set up for 3 years now. Tank...

I have had my 125 set up for 3 years now. Tank was heavily planted and using EcoComplete for substrate. Never vacuumed, can't really vac Eco.
I filtered water at a rate of 1200 gph minimum. Never...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-30-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 766
Posted By Mark Allred
"Throttling" the discharge of a centrifugal pump...

"Throttling" the discharge of a centrifugal pump (your Rena) will in NO way damage it.
Starve the suction side (cavitation) and you have a problem.
Forum: Lighting   01-19-2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By Mark Allred
Hey Squiner, How are these lights working out...

Hey Squiner,
How are these lights working out for at this point?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-19-2015, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By Mark Allred
These are my current plans: Tank size: 20G long...

These are my current plans:
Tank size: 20G long or 29G. Go big or go home!
Substrate: Eco-complete (LFS1 has it, LFS2 has fluval). I use Eco, its pricey, thought about dirt?
Decor: rocks and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-19-2015, 03:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By Mark Allred
Modified mayonnaise or peanut butter jars for me....

Modified mayonnaise or peanut butter jars for me. Use glass. The store bought one I bought was junk. :)
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-06-2015, 03:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 289
Posted By Mark Allred
Death/Illness in my 125 gallon planted Angelfish tank

I feel pretty bad about this.
Friday I pulled up a two year old Amazon swordplant that had out grown this aquarium. It ended up being two large swords and a bunch of Sagittaria, 10" diameter root...
Forum: Equipment   12-31-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 894
Posted By Mark Allred
Sumps all the way for me! I inject CO2 in two...

Sumps all the way for me! I inject CO2 in two large planted tanks, 125 and 65, and run large wet/dry sumps on both. Between the two I am recirculating 1800 GPH. I don't feel outgassing of CO2 to be a...
Forum: Equipment   12-30-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,888
Posted By Mark Allred
My first CO2 injected, wet/dry sumped aquarium in...

My first CO2 injected, wet/dry sumped aquarium in 1999. 130 gallon ?
Forum: Equipment   12-30-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,888
Posted By Mark Allred
mmcgill, +2 on diverting flow for your reactor....

mmcgill, +2 on diverting flow for your reactor. My pump on my 65 is pushing 750 gph. I teed off the pump discharge to a PVC ball valve, then to a Sera 1000 reactor. The reactor discharge hose dumps...
Forum: Equipment   12-29-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By Mark Allred
I just make mine out of peanut butter or mayo...

I just make mine out of peanut butter or mayo jars. My store bought one was junk and developed a hard to see crack in about a year.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   12-29-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By Mark Allred
Sure do like my Apple snails!

Sure do like my Apple snails!
Forum: Equipment   12-24-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 822
Posted By Mark Allred
I just bought an AC 70 two days ago from my local...

I just bought an AC 70 two days ago from my local Petco. I paid $55.$35 is a smoking deal! The 70 is much more robust than the 50 it replaced. Hard to beat the ease of maintenance of an Aquaclear!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-15-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 716
Posted By Mark Allred
Once you get your CO2 level up, you should see a...

Once you get your CO2 level up, you should see a difference in a week or two, Take pH readings to see where your CO2 level is.
Forum: Equipment   12-13-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 656
Posted By Mark Allred
I usually buy mine from Ace hardware. They...

I usually buy mine from Ace hardware.
They mostly sell their vinyl tubing in two different wall thicknesses.
Sounds like you got the thinner stuff...
Home Depot has a horrible assortment of...
Forum: Plants   12-09-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Mark Allred
OK, I looked these up and the color is close, but...

OK, I looked these up and the color is close, but the leaf shape is not?
http://plantsrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Ammannia-gracilis.jpg
Forum: Plants   12-09-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Mark Allred
Need an ID on this plant

I picked this plant up at the new local Petco. It wasn't tagged, and I have no idea what is is... some sort of Ludwigia? :confused1:...
Forum: DIY   12-08-2014, 03:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 993
Posted By Mark Allred
I kept mine simple. Water heater is in a closet...

I kept mine simple. Water heater is in a closet next to the fish room.
I teed into the WH cold water inlet to a large needle valve, poly tubing tubing to then smaller valves into the sump on one...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-25-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,732
Posted By Mark Allred
Your CO2 reactor is not Rena. It is a Sera Flore...

Your CO2 reactor is not Rena. It is a Sera Flore 1000. I have been running one on my 125 gallon for 2 years, with an unsealed 1100 gph wet/dry filter. I really like it.
Forum: Equipment   11-25-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 953
Posted By Mark Allred
I am running a Sera 1000 on my 125, and love it....

I am running a Sera 1000 on my 125, and love it. Has to work hard, as I also run a large wet/dry. I use a Rex Griggs style on my 65H, and am not very impressed with it. Worked O.K. for a year or...
Forum: Equipment   11-24-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By Mark Allred
Most of the AC filters have a cam on the bottom...

Most of the AC filters have a cam on the bottom of the filter reservoir allowing you to adjust the angle it hangs at. If the filter is somewhat plugged, and the top is not tipped in towards the tank...
Forum: DIY   10-05-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,056
Posted By Mark Allred
I set up a continuous water change system for my...

I set up a continuous water change system for my two bigger tanks 14 months ago, and couldn't be more pleased!
My tanks are drilled and sumped, so this was cheap and easy to do.
I filter...
Forum: Plants   09-13-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By Mark Allred
Aponogeton madagascariensis question

Several months ago I received a very small bulb with two 1 inch long leaves.
The leaves disappeared in a few days, and I never pulled the bulb out of the substrate.
A couple of days ago I see the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-01-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Mark Allred
Need to reconstitute softened water

We need to reconstitute my friend's softened tap water for her 75 gallon aquarium.
Bypassing the system is probably not an option. I know Gh can be reconstituted with CaSO4.
My concern here is...
Forum: Lighting   07-20-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,151
Posted By Mark Allred
Currently running 3 planted aquariums. ...

Currently running 3 planted aquariums.

Photo-period: 11.5 hours (1/2 hour each end, ramping sunrise/sunset)
Tank type: Medium tech
Tank Size: 125g (72X18X22)
Light Fixture: 56 LED Cree 6...
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