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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2014, 02:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By Beakman
Thick lush background plant that spreads by runners?

In my 20 long I have a nice carpet of dwarf hairgrass (eleocharis parvula) and about 3/4ths of the way back I have wall to wall rocks. Behind the rocks there is a 3-4 inch area where I currently...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-02-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 686
Posted By Beakman
Co2 diffuser placed under canister filter intake?

Over the past couple of months I've been experimenting with the placement of my ceramic co2 diffuser.

I have 2 two liter bottles of DIY co2 on a 20 gallon tank and I'm trying to place the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-02-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By Beakman
You shouldn't need to treat your water...

You shouldn't need to treat your water beforehand.

I'm not 100% sure, but I think chlorine is actually one of the elements plants use to grow.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-01-2013, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 469
Posted By Beakman
I did this in the middle of my dry start for...

I did this in the middle of my dry start for about 8 days and everything was fine. I saw some pretty good growth when I got back as well.

All I did was mist the tank a little extra before I left,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-30-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By Beakman
After a little more research (and looking at a...

After a little more research (and looking at a ton of AGA aquascaping contest entries) it seems to be consistent that the type of hairgrass I'm looking for is Eleocharis Vivipara.

It's the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-30-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By Beakman
Tall hairgrass?

I have a carpet of dwarf hairgrass (eleocharis parvula) in my tank. I put in a substrate divider so that I can have a background of a taller hairgrass.

I initially thought this would be a very...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-18-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Beakman
Creating a slope in an established, carpeted tank?

So I have a 20 gallon long that has a full carpet of dwarf hairgrass. The slope towards the back of the tank isn't nearly steep enough for my liking.

I have plenty of substrate left that I can...
Forum: Aquascaping 08-30-2013, 01:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 929
Posted By Beakman
First attempt at iwagumi esque scape. Feedback/criticism please!

http://imageshack.us/a/img855/4895/iza6.jpg

The biggest problem I have with it is that I didn't make the slope towards the back tall enough. If you look at the tank from a sitting position it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-16-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 337
Posted By Beakman
About to flood my first DSM, what do I need to know? (pics!)

This is a 20 long with MGOCPM capped with black floramax. I planted Dwarf Hairgrass (eleocharis parvula from petsmart) about 2 months ago.

1 week after planting. top down view:...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-25-2013, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 266
Posted By Beakman
What kind of wood is in this blackwater tank?

I used to run a blackwater tank with just locally found driftwood and I've been planning on setting up another one using manzanita, but I just came across this video and absolutely love the wood in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-30-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By Beakman
Using mini internal filter as DIY CO2 diffuser, turn it off at night?

I've been using the Hagen mini elite as a diffuser for my yeast CO2. It has been working fine for months and I run no airstone at night when the lights are off.

However, I just recently switched...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-23-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 310
Posted By Beakman
Plants pearling their best just before lights go out?

I'm currently about 1 month in on this semi high tech tank.

It is a 29 gallon tank with about 40 separate stems of rotala rotundifolia, which isn't a very high plant mass for the time being.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By Beakman
Increasing photoperiod / light intensity to combat cyanobacteria?

So we all know that cyanobacteria, or blue green algae, isn't really algae. So we can theorize that it doesn't have the same relationship with light that algae does.

A couple of years ago when I...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-03-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By Beakman
Thanks a lot Hoppy! I just moved into a new...

Thanks a lot Hoppy!

I just moved into a new house (in a whole new town) and haven't tested my tap water yet. I'll test for Nitrates later today.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-03-2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By Beakman
Starting my first EI dry fert tank, questions

I have a pretty good understanding of the EI method, how it works, CO2, lights, and all that, I really just need to know if these are ALL of the fertilizers I need to buy:

KNO3 - Potassium Nitrate...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-05-2013, 02:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 434
Posted By Beakman
How much floramax do I need to cap dirt?

I've done dirt capped with PFS and play sand in many other tanks before, but since sand is so cheap I just buy huge bags and use what I need without worrying about cost.

However, I've never used a...
Forum: Fish 02-04-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 831
Posted By Beakman
Everyone seems to have a different experience...

Everyone seems to have a different experience with SAEs. I bought a single one for my 30 gallon tank and he seems to have maxed out at about 3 inches and is very peaceful. He prefers to spend most...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-07-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By Beakman
Should I add ferts to my low tech 30g?

Because of work, life, and my 4 other tanks (which I recently tore all of them down), this 30 gallon has been a bit neglected. Now that my other tanks are gone, I'm going to refocus on this low tech...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-03-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By Beakman
Thanks for the answers everyone! I'll be...

Thanks for the answers everyone!

I'll be heading to the lake tomorrow morning to gather a bunch of wood and leaves.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-03-2012, 01:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By Beakman
Starting a blackwater tank, need help!

So I've been running multiple low tech planted tanks for a while and have recently acquired a 29 gallon tank that I would like to turn into a blackwater tank.

So far though I'm finding that info...
Forum: Equipment 11-15-2012, 01:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By Beakman
Yes, just the plastic part of the top rim is...

Yes, just the plastic part of the top rim is sheared in half.

Also, this tank doesn't have a crossbar support on top. As in, it never had one, not that it broke or anything.

The glass is 3/8"...
Forum: Equipment 11-15-2012, 12:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By Beakman
Bought a beat up 55g, is it salvagable?

I work in a pet store. One of the regulars came in today asking if I knew anyone that would want a 55 gallon tank he was looking to unload. We worked out a $25 price tag, and I said I would take...
Forum: Lighting 10-13-2012, 02:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,568
Posted By Beakman
DIY dome light / CFL mounting above the tank?

I've been using T5NOs and T8s on my low tech 30 gallon for a while, and I've been pretty happy with the growth I've seen.

Or, I was happy, until I bought a bayco clamp utility dome light from...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-08-2012, 04:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,014
Posted By Beakman
Dwarf Sag, Jungle Val, DONE. Need advice on a SUPER low tech tank.

I really do love the growth that I see in my dirted tanks.

What I don't love is having to uproot and replant runners (mainly jungle val) which sends the dirt flying all over my tank and lands in a...
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