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Forum: Lighting 10-20-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By AKnickolai
The curling plant is sure looks like a crypt. ...

The curling plant is sure looks like a crypt. They are strong root feeders, if you want them to be happy they need root tabs or a nutrient rich soil. Seachem sells root tabs or you can make your...
Forum: Lighting 10-20-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 301
Posted By AKnickolai
4 T5HO's will produce an extreme amount of light...

4 T5HO's will produce an extreme amount of light on that tank. I have a very similar tank that I now run with two LED fixtures and get about 60-70 PAR at the substrate.

With two bulbs on you...
Forum: Plants 10-18-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By AKnickolai
Blyxia is pretty tough, it will likely come back....

Blyxia is pretty tough, it will likely come back.

I have lots of blyxia japonica, I'm pretty sure that is blyxia aubertii in your pics. Still a grassy look, just grows quite a bit taller and is...
Forum: Substrate 10-18-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By AKnickolai
You want the Osmocote Plus (pink) bottle. I'm...

You want the Osmocote Plus (pink) bottle. I'm sure I'm slow realizing this, but Osmocote Plus appears to be back. The plus has the macro and micro nutrients in it, this is important as the regular...
Forum: Lighting 10-17-2014, 09:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Posted By AKnickolai
It would keep them alive at least. I doubt you'd...

It would keep them alive at least. I doubt you'd get much growth. I have a bunch of anubias that has been living in a clear plastic tub with no real light source for a year waiting on a new tank,...
Forum: Lighting 10-17-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By AKnickolai
Well for ~$60 you can buy 4 clamp lights, spray...

Well for ~$60 you can buy 4 clamp lights, spray paint, conduit and some 5000-6500k 23W CFL bulbs and make a nice fixture. LED's are cool, but still need to be supplemented with another light form...
Forum: Equipment 10-17-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,270
Posted By AKnickolai
My setup is almost exactly like theknight's, the...

My setup is almost exactly like theknight's, the only difference is that my tee where the CO2 enters is pointing down (so the CO2 flow up into the water stream). I don't know if this makes a huge...
Forum: Equipment 10-16-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By AKnickolai
1.) Looks like the mouse manifolds have 1/8" npt...

1.) Looks like the mouse manifolds have 1/8" npt inlet and 10/32 outlet. Folks are probably using the dual valve manifold with an inlet plugged to allow for a 1/8" npt connection on the mouse w/o...
Forum: Equipment 10-16-2014, 04:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,270
Posted By AKnickolai
I have a 40gallon breeder with a cerges and a...

I have a 40gallon breeder with a cerges and a rena XP4 and get pretty quick CO2 response. Where are you injecting the CO2 into the reactor?

I have 3/4" tee coming off the inlet of my cerges, flow...
Forum: Equipment 10-16-2014, 02:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,270
Posted By AKnickolai
Almost uncountable bubble rate? How big is your...

Almost uncountable bubble rate? How big is your tank and what are the starting parameters of your water? Do you have a drop checker or inferring CO2 levels strictly from PH change?
Forum: Equipment 10-15-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By AKnickolai
The SMC valve info can be found here: ...

The SMC valve info can be found here:

http://www.smcusa.com/top-navigation/cad-models.aspx/22276

It is used for pneumatic controls that require tight adjustments on air volume. It has 10-20...
Forum: Equipment 10-12-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By AKnickolai
In reality a 5-6x turnover is fine. I think this...

In reality a 5-6x turnover is fine. I think this is where a lot of sumps end up for FW. The numbers I stated where so high to adjust for the line and head losses. Depending on your plumbing, you...
Forum: Equipment 10-12-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By AKnickolai
If you have a local fabricator check them out for...

If you have a local fabricator check them out for sure. I mentioned John because I made some detailed dimensioned drawings and he built it like I drew it, and pretty cheap. I'd imagine you could...
Forum: Equipment 10-12-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By AKnickolai
Is it an acrylic or glass tank? There are...

Is it an acrylic or glass tank? There are youtube videos of guys drilling near full glass tanks to add an overflow box. Seems a little risky to me though....

You might need to get fancy with...
Forum: Equipment 10-12-2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 136
Posted By AKnickolai
It would work, but I think it would get clogged...

It would work, but I think it would get clogged fast with junk settling on it. What you've described is essentially an HMF filter, a giant sponge filter.
...
Forum: Equipment 10-12-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By AKnickolai
I've got to agree with the sump recommendation. ...

I've got to agree with the sump recommendation. Sumps are actually great! I just converted a little while ago and won't go back. There are lots of neat sump designs out there. I just went basic...
Forum: Substrate 10-11-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By AKnickolai
I've been using it in two tanks for a few years...

I've been using it in two tanks for a few years now. One is just Turface and I dose using a reduced EI regime, the other has a gravel/Turface cap over a simplified EHS dirt mixture. Great stuff. I...
Forum: Equipment 10-10-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 261
Posted By AKnickolai
I think timers are better and I have used a...

I think timers are better and I have used a controller in the past. The reason being that a timer will typically result in more stable levels of CO2 in the tank. Tuning the rate at which you inject...
Forum: Equipment 10-09-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By AKnickolai
I feel your pain on shipping to AK. Swaglock...

I feel your pain on shipping to AK. Swaglock parts can be bought locally, but are expensive in general. I built a nice Harris regulator dual stage brass for 250$ all parts and shipping to AK...
Forum: Equipment 12-19-2012, 08:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By AKnickolai
Been a while since I ran one of those, but these...

Been a while since I ran one of those, but these are the things I remember causing me troubles in the past.
1. Be sure the orange D-ring gasket isn't damaged or installed wrong. A little vaseline...
Forum: Equipment 12-07-2012, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,287
Posted By AKnickolai
I will post a better picture of my design and...

I will post a better picture of my design and what I end up with for sure, the more information we can get out there the better! The thread covering the construction of the sump you pictured was all...
Forum: Equipment 12-07-2012, 07:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,287
Posted By AKnickolai
DIY Sump for 150 gallon tank

I have been debating how I want to filter a 150 gallon tank that I am setting up, and I have decided to try a sump style filter. It was either this or have some Frankenstein set up involving...
Forum: Substrate 12-02-2012, 12:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By AKnickolai
Yeah I'm tempted to try and cap it, but whenever...

Yeah I'm tempted to try and cap it, but whenever I tried multiple layers in the past they always end up getting mixed up by the time I've planted all my plants. I'll be using a pretty thick layer at...
Forum: Substrate 12-01-2012, 01:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By AKnickolai
Thanks, that is good to know. I'll go ahead with...

Thanks, that is good to know. I'll go ahead with the Turface then, it actually looks pretty good too.
Forum: Substrate 11-30-2012, 11:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By AKnickolai
Substrate Advice for a 150 gallon

I'm starting to put together a 150 gallon tank that has been sitting in my garage for a few years. The tank will be medium light level and I will follow EI dosing (this has worked well for me in the...
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