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Forum: DIY 04-07-2015, 03:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By jasonpatterson
Clear PVC is usually a cloudy, slightly gray-blue...

Clear PVC is usually a cloudy, slightly gray-blue color. It's not terribly clear. Sch 80 or sch 120 PVC (both dark grey) or black ABS might be more in line with your decorating plans.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-07-2015, 03:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By jasonpatterson
Ouch, sorry to hear about your catastrophe. The...

Ouch, sorry to hear about your catastrophe. The others have addressed the issue, just wanted to offer some sympathy.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-04-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,804
Posted By jasonpatterson
The only person I've seen any sort of success...

The only person I've seen any sort of success from is Rachel (msjinkzd). She reported that her crabs bred when fed powdered food and given some current at the top of the tank. The moms hold onto...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-02-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By jasonpatterson
When I was setting this up with an air powered...

When I was setting this up with an air powered filter that was going to be the inlet for the air line. The 10mm aspect of it only concerns the ground glass portion of the neck though; below that it...
Forum: Tank Journals 04-02-2015, 02:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By jasonpatterson
I've got most of it together now. I changed my...

I've got most of it together now. I changed my plans up somewhat after getting the vigreux tube. It looks good, and the flask looks good, but together they just look stupid, so I scrapped that...
Forum: Aquascaping 03-29-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By jasonpatterson
My concern is primarily founded on such high...

My concern is primarily founded on such high quality sources as Beverly Hills Cop and Make magazine (http://makezine.com/projects/fingerprinting-with-super-glue/), so who knows? Superglue definitely...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-28-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 21,704
Posted By jasonpatterson
I used diamond cutting bits on a dremel tool. ...

I used diamond cutting bits on a dremel tool. They're available at Harbor Freight for ~$10. If you try them, be sure to do wet cuts only; you definitely don't want to breathe glass dust. I had the...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-28-2015, 02:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By jasonpatterson
:) They're expensive everywhere, unfortunately. ...

:) They're expensive everywhere, unfortunately. I got lucky when I scored this one.

They also were getting rid of a glass condenser that was at least 8' long and 6" in diameter; I guess it was...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-28-2015, 02:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By jasonpatterson
Mine breed at room temperature in unheated tanks...

Mine breed at room temperature in unheated tanks year round, and that fluctuates from about 63F to 80F. They do appear to breed more frequently in warmer water, but I haven't done any rigorous...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-28-2015, 02:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 404
Posted By jasonpatterson
Don't let these into any tank you care about...

Don't let these into any tank you care about unless it has fish to eat them. Two or three came in with a plant in one of my shrimp tanks and within a few months they had completely devastated it;...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 03-28-2015, 02:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,070
Posted By jasonpatterson
I would be surprised if your survivors don't last...

I would be surprised if your survivors don't last multiple years. It's pretty much impossible to tell what caused the deaths, and without any real smoking gun like ammonia or nearby insecticide use,...
Forum: Aquascaping 03-25-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By jasonpatterson
Thanks for the suggestions. I had ordered some...

Thanks for the suggestions. I had ordered some manzanita branches from Branches and Blooms and was planning on trying something with narrower pieces and/or pieces I could shove through narrow end...
Forum: Aquascaping 03-23-2015, 02:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By jasonpatterson
That's an interesting idea; I've seen that trick...

That's an interesting idea; I've seen that trick before with impossible dovetails and the like, but never thought to use it here. If nothing else perhaps I can try making a piece of wood that is the...
Forum: Aquascaping 03-22-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By jasonpatterson
Hardscape Suggestions for a Tank with 1.5" Diameter Access

I'm putting together a shrimp/microcrab tank based on a 12L round bottomed flask that I salvaged. I've got a tank journal started here (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=835778),...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-18-2015, 03:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By jasonpatterson
Yep, that's what I meant by a fractionating...

Yep, that's what I meant by a fractionating column. :) Great minds! There are some really interesting ones out there, and if I had had the presence of mind to grab them I could have had a dozen...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-17-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By jasonpatterson
They use a set of glassware for one project then...

They use a set of glassware for one project then dispose of it. Any sort of scratches or contamination can completely ruin a batch of medicine and cost millions in the long run. Pitching a few...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-16-2015, 05:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,118
Posted By jasonpatterson
12000mL 5 Necked Round Bottom Flask Tank

I rescued a 12L flask from a biotech company's dumpster a while ago and have been intending to build it into a new tank for my chemistry classroom for some time. This weekend I finally got around to...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-28-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By jasonpatterson
This is a bit broad. I suspect that you meant...

This is a bit broad. I suspect that you meant that no freshwater fish in Mississippi or Huntington Beach, CA does, but just to be clear, freshwater fish over most of the continent are quite happy in...
Forum: DIY 02-26-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 12,001
Posted By jasonpatterson
Food grade vs chemical grade shouldn't matter...

Food grade vs chemical grade shouldn't matter much. Both will be in the high 90's as far as purity is concerned.

The citric acid should be labeled as monohydrate or anhydrous. The only real...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-26-2015, 03:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By jasonpatterson
The microcrabs are probably quite active at...

The microcrabs are probably quite active at night. Once the lights go on they tend to quiet down significantly. They get intimidated by just about anything and will freeze. Even passing shrimp...
Forum: Lighting 09-28-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By jasonpatterson
I don't know what particular reaction this was...

I don't know what particular reaction this was used for, but odds are good it sat in a heating mantle. The central neck was probably for a non-magnetic stir rod (big teflon coated kitchen mixer,...
Forum: Lighting 09-28-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By jasonpatterson
Suggestions for lighting a (mostly) spherical tank

In my classroom last year I kept cherry shrimp, some subwassertang, and some java moss in a 4L 3 neck round bottom flask. This year I managed to get ahold of a 12L 5 neck flask (or the 20L one that...
Forum: Algae 05-25-2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By jasonpatterson
Looks like fungus to me. It ought to go away on...

Looks like fungus to me. It ought to go away on its own, or you can suck it out with a tube/syringe.
Forum: Algae 05-25-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 293
Posted By jasonpatterson
Just FYI, bottled ammonia is available at...

Just FYI, bottled ammonia is available at virtually every grocery and department store in the US in the cleaning aisle. It's super cheap and you can cycle about 100 tanks with a single bottle of the...
Forum: Algae 05-25-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,365
Posted By jasonpatterson
That's a busy little dude. I wish they didn't...

That's a busy little dude. I wish they didn't lay those cement eggs everywhere, but I will freely admit that they are awesome against most algaes.
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