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Forum: DIY   03-20-2017, 11:07 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Beer
There were a bunch that just went at a few local...

There were a bunch that just went at a few local auctions. I was hoping to get my hands on a 2.5 or 5 gallon, but the prices went up higher than I wanted.

I guess the sealant was asphaltium, what...
Forum: DIY   03-19-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By Beer
The Meta Frame tanks were big way back. Slate...

The Meta Frame tanks were big way back. Slate bottom, polished metal frame tanks. Assembly is quite easy, once the frame is built. You don't need to be as precice or clean with the seams and setting...
Forum: DIY   03-19-2017, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 198
Posted By Beer
Kill-A-Watt meters are pretty cheap. They don't...

Kill-A-Watt meters are pretty cheap. They don't offer anything fancy like interfacing with a networked device to log information, but they do allow you to look at power consumed, current, phase...
Forum: DIY   03-19-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 517
Posted By Beer
Reef2Reef is another good source. There is a...

Reef2Reef is another good source. There is a sticky in the DIY section on floor supports and whether or not you need it. (R2R can be a little more helpful. There are a lot of grumpy crusty fogies...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   03-10-2017, 01:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,639
Posted By Beer
Awesome, thanks for all that info and pics.

Awesome, thanks for all that info and pics.
Forum: Fish   03-09-2017, 12:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 757
Posted By Beer
Water in the carpet and humidity would be the...

Water in the carpet and humidity would be the biggest offenders if it isn't the cultures (I prefer instant potatoes as well as it doesn't get funky or develop that putrid odor that the oatmeal,...
Forum: Fish   03-08-2017, 11:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By Beer
Does the orientation of the reactor have an...

Does the orientation of the reactor have an effect on how it functions?
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   03-08-2017, 10:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,639
Posted By Beer
How much was that corner filter? I may be...

How much was that corner filter?
I may be setting up breeding programs shortly for a wild type betta and for a killie strain. While I can probably get away without filtration with the strains I want...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-24-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,731
Posted By Beer
Hopefully you find some decent ones. My...

Hopefully you find some decent ones.

My concern with trying to keep more pure lines is due to the fact that they are believed to be extinct in the wild.

Well, that and being...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-24-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,731
Posted By Beer
Where are you planning on sourcing your Endlers? ...

Where are you planning on sourcing your Endlers?

I have been seening them a lot more lately, but they are clearly 'hybridized' with guppies. (I say 'hybridized' as it is theorized that they are...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   02-24-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,346
Posted By Beer
You could set up an additional small tank and try...

You could set up an additional small tank and try to breed out a stable line from one of the more interesting colors that pops out.
Forum: DIY   02-24-2017, 03:19 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,585
Posted By Beer
Funny you mention PLCs, I'm going to start...

Funny you mention PLCs, I'm going to start programing them in the next couple of weeks. PLCs would put this out of most people's price range. Extremly stable and robust, once the programming is set...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   02-23-2017, 02:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 927
Posted By Beer
I agree with the need for a heater if you are...

I agree with the need for a heater if you are raising Betta splendins (typical show/pet store Bettas). They need temperatures closer to 80F as well as a tight lid to keep the heat and moisture in....
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-23-2017, 02:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,057
Posted By Beer
Man, that is pretty high. What level does it...

Man, that is pretty high. What level does it become total disabled solids? Lower levels are total dissolved solids, but at some point the water becomes too thick for fish to swim and plant leaves...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-22-2017, 04:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By Beer
You can plant in the coated gravel. If the tank...

You can plant in the coated gravel. If the tank has been up for a little bit, there has been plenty of ditritus that has settled out and there will be some nutrients in the water down there. Heavy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-22-2017, 03:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 907
Posted By Beer
Nice videos, but why would you leave all the...

Nice videos, but why would you leave all the hardware in there on the full tank shots if you are going for artistic edits, especially the huge green tubes?
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-22-2017, 03:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By Beer
Well water with a shallow water table and a lot...

Well water with a shallow water table and a lot of fast moving surface water.
I'll miss being able to just turn on the tap and run to the right temp for water changes when I move.

TDS 124-127
pH...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-22-2017, 03:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 413
Posted By Beer
Catnip, oatgrass, herbs you like to cook with,...

Catnip, oatgrass, herbs you like to cook with, any of the other plants typically recommended as roughage for pets.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-22-2017, 03:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By Beer
I lay the tank on its side and pour enough...

I lay the tank on its side and pour enough vinegar to completely cover the glass and let it soak for a little bit, then scrub it down with a pice of no name brand magic eraser (don't use the bathroom...
Forum: DIY   02-22-2017, 03:12 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,585
Posted By Beer
You can run C on the Atmega chips, it is actually...

You can run C on the Atmega chips, it is actually what they were designed for. That's basically all the Arduino environment is, a simplified C geared towards non-programming type users.

Next time...
Forum: Fish   02-22-2017, 02:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 291
Posted By Beer
Anybody have Betts that like to sleep out of the water?

I was freaking out trying to find my halfmoon searching in and out of the tank until I pulled the cover and realized that he was chilling out on top of the lid from the cup I got him in (I catch...
Forum: Fish   02-22-2017, 02:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By Beer
Rubra can be prolific, the female will try to...

Rubra can be prolific, the female will try to breed with the male the second he is done brooding, repeatedly. Which can mean he would go months without eating (unless he gets startled and swallows...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   02-22-2017, 02:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,057
Posted By Beer
The problem with the lighting may be that it is...

The problem with the lighting may be that it is not the correct spectrum. Not all LEDs are built the same. You may not be putting out sufficient energy in the spectra needed for photosynthesis to...
Forum: Fish   02-22-2017, 01:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,358
Posted By Beer
I wasn't knocking those who keep them,...

I wasn't knocking those who keep them, necessarily. It is amazing how typical pet like some of the larger fish can be. It is clear that some do have a much higher intelligence level.

You are...
Forum: Fish   02-21-2017, 01:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By Beer
Wild type Bettas

Is anybody else breeding or keeping wild type Bettas?


I have been considering acquiring some high quality show Bettas splendins and breeding them for local stores because I am sick of seeing the...
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