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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 03:10 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By exv152
Folks black out their tanks for up to three days...

Folks black out their tanks for up to three days to control serious algae issues, and the plants won't get harmed in anyway. The same is true when plants are shipped, they don't get light for a few...
Forum: Equipment 01-27-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,146
Posted By exv152
There is a difference, and there's medical grade...

There is a difference, and there's medical grade co2 too, but they're all like between 99.97% and 99.99% in terms of purity. Which for our purposes is not something to be concerned with. It would be...
Forum: Equipment 01-26-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 297
Posted By exv152
Big Al's in Whitby is probably only an hour drive...

Big Al's in Whitby is probably only an hour drive from you and they carry a good range of foam pads for sumps, if you call ahead they may be able to let you know if they have any and set it aside. If...
Forum: Equipment 01-26-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By exv152
I agree with all here, I would just add that a...

I agree with all here, I would just add that a buzzing sound means it's obviously electrical related, and could be that your heater is shorting or arcing. Either way replacing it now would be wise.
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By exv152
BTW the uv light on the sunsun, at 370 gph with...

BTW the uv light on the sunsun, at 370 gph with only a 9w bulb, is virtually not going to do anything at all. The water is passing too fast through the tubing for the light to be of any benefit. I...
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 699
Posted By exv152
The only cause for concern is the inexperienced...

The only cause for concern is the inexperienced hobbyist's rush to panic. PH is supposed to fluctuate naturally. Otherwise, one of the richest natural resources for this hobby (the blackwater of the...
Forum: Equipment 01-25-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 699
Posted By exv152
PH swings are not a concern if it happens within...

PH swings are not a concern if it happens within 1 unit, as mentioned here, like between a ph of 7 and 6. However, if you were to go from 8 to 6 you might have a totally different situation. Because...
Forum: Equipment 01-23-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 199
Posted By exv152
I've had an ecco 2232 running for a few years...

I've had an ecco 2232 running for a few years now, dead silent. Never had any issues with it.
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By exv152
It will work, but a fluval 406 plus that HOB...

It will work, but a fluval 406 plus that HOB would be ideal flow. Flow is critical in a planted tank, and it's too often overlooked for the sake of saving a buck.
Forum: Equipment 01-21-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 142
Posted By exv152
In terms of flow, it's a bit low. The 306 is...

In terms of flow, it's a bit low. The 306 is rated at 303 gph flow, ideally you'd want more flow than that for 60g. Something over 400gph. What type of HOB are you using with that?
Forum: Equipment 01-19-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 276
Posted By exv152
I second that ^, and while you’re at getting a...

I second that ^, and while you’re at getting a replacement, get some extras too. This is a comsumable part, some folks swap them out each time they remove the regulator from the tank.
Forum: Equipment 01-19-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By exv152
As mentioned, there’s no getting around the co2...

As mentioned, there’s no getting around the co2 mist issue if you’re using a powerhead or HOB. The only way to do that is to change to a completely different diffusion method like a reactor.
Forum: Equipment 01-19-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 161
Posted By exv152
I find just dipping the tubing into a cup of hot...

I find just dipping the tubing into a cup of hot tap water for a couple of minutes will do the trick. I also use this technique for larger diameter filter hoses, works great.
Forum: Equipment 01-17-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 499
Posted By exv152
The cheapest would be to just get one of these,...

The cheapest would be to just get one of these, and put it after the solenoid, so you'll have three outlets with three needle valves & three bubble counters.
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Forum: Equipment 01-13-2015, 09:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By exv152
The needle valve is key, but many parts of the...

The needle valve is key, but many parts of the regulator will “make or break” a good regulator. You can’t go wrong with GLA as your first regulator. I’m happy with mine, but since buying my first...
Forum: Equipment 01-08-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 703
Posted By exv152
A controller will turn off co2 at night and...

A controller will turn off co2 at night and during an EOTD, but also, and most importantly, when your desired pH has been reached during the lighting period. That third point is going to save you a...
Forum: Equipment 01-02-2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By exv152
The answer to the OP’s question – don’t rely on...

The answer to the OP’s question – don’t rely on bps, drop checkers or ph tests, and rely instead on visual observation such as plants pearling and fish gasping to judge if you have not enough or too...
Forum: Equipment 01-02-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 163
Posted By exv152
15 psi for a reactor is fine, the highest I would...

15 psi for a reactor is fine, the highest I would go with any type of diffuser would be 40psi
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By exv152
What kind of reference solution are you using for...

What kind of reference solution are you using for your drop checker?
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By exv152
The lighting is not the cause of your algae but...

The lighting is not the cause of your algae but it is the accelerator. If you take your foot of the gas pedal you'll have a better picture of what's going on. Also, a picture of your tank would help.
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By exv152
You may have several things contributing to your...

You may have several things contributing to your algae issues, but I would say you definitely have too much light for that size tank.
Forum: Equipment 12-27-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 308
Posted By exv152
If you have a really nice showtank in the main...

If you have a really nice showtank in the main living room of your house, and you've spent money on a nice cabinet to go with your ADA tank, then go aluminum so when you show the under-cabinet to...
Forum: Equipment 12-26-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,449
Posted By exv152
Here is what I use. I know its a bit old school,...

Here is what I use. I know its a bit old school, but I used to keep discus so I know what it's like to worry about frying your fish. I've never had a single issue with mine, it's been 9 years and...
Forum: Equipment 12-25-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By exv152
Agree with all the suggestions above. I would...

Agree with all the suggestions above. I would first take some soap and lather the connections on the regulator, bubble counter etc, to test for leaks.
Forum: Equipment 12-25-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By exv152
There's a fairly cheap dual stage regulator by...

There's a fairly cheap dual stage regulator by co2 art for $93 USD, who is also a sponsor here. As mentioned, that plus as large a co2 tank as you can get, plus a reactor, and you're laughing.
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