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Forum: Equipment 04-27-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By MChambers
I use the handheld infrared variety. You've got...

I use the handheld infrared variety. You've got to aim it at the tank and pull the trigger, but I think it's pretty accurate.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 04-26-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By MChambers
Slip a sponge prefilter over the intake.

Slip a sponge prefilter over the intake.
Forum: Equipment 04-26-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 384
Posted By MChambers
I just turn off the filter, pull off the...

I just turn off the filter, pull off the pre-filter, and squeeze it in a bucket of tank water. (I then use the water in my garden.) A little of the gunk will fall off into your tank, but I don't...
Forum: Equipment 04-24-2015, 08:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,212
Posted By MChambers
Noise

When I've had a noisy Eheim, it's usually the impeller, but sometimes I replace the shaft and bearings, too. Did you hear it when you swapped impellers?
Forum: Fish 04-21-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 266
Posted By MChambers
Barbs should work. I agree about the risk of...

Barbs should work. I agree about the risk of Kribs getting aggressive.
Forum: Photography 04-14-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 603
Posted By MChambers
I've used an Ollociip on my iPhone 4S. It's...

I've used an Ollociip on my iPhone 4S. It's great for close up of objects close to the glass, like eggs or shrimp. Can't speak for the iPhone 6 product, but I bet it's good.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-04-2015, 11:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By MChambers
I use sponge prefilters. You can take an...

I use sponge prefilters. You can take an Aquaclear sponge and cut an X in it and slip it over the filter intake.
Forum: Plants 04-04-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 690
Posted By MChambers
I've battled duckweed myself, and getting rid of...

I've battled duckweed myself, and getting rid of it is like getting rid of clover from your lawn. Keep dipping, remove all other floating plants, like the frogbit, and wash them off.

And then for...
Forum: Equipment 03-29-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By MChambers
I agreed it could be air caught in the filter. ...

I agreed it could be air caught in the filter. You also could have a clogged intake tube. I tend to find this happen where the hose meets the elbow piece. Have you tried back flushing the filter...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-26-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By MChambers
Yup

If you're in DC, this is a little unusual, I think. In the past, when DCWASA has switched to chlorine, it has done it for a shorter period of time. It really doesn't matter, however, as others have...
Forum: Algae 03-16-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By MChambers
Or dose it with hydrogen peroxide. Works much...

Or dose it with hydrogen peroxide. Works much like Excel.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-27-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By MChambers
I agree.

I agree.
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-26-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By MChambers
You can do it. I bought some frozen from an...

You can do it. I bought some frozen from an Asian market, and dried them. I sometimes put them in my tanks. They do get slimy, so I wouldn't put in a lot.

Here's an article on their benefits:
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Forum: Equipment 02-22-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 271
Posted By MChambers
I'd be tempted to go with the 2236, but a 2234...

I'd be tempted to go with the 2236, but a 2234 should be adequate. (Like others, I prefer the Classic line, but the Eccos are okay.)
Forum: Equipment 02-20-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By MChambers
For what it's worth, in my experience the Classic...

For what it's worth, in my experience the Classic series has better flow than the Ecco series. The Eccos seem to get clogged more easily.

Interestingly, you are only supposed to use certain spray...
Forum: Equipment 02-11-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By MChambers
I've used a pump on an Eheim 2015 (similar to a...

I've used a pump on an Eheim 2015 (similar to a 2215). I took out the impeller and just use the external pump, on the input, to drive the water. Works great.

I'd be careful about using the pump...
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By MChambers
Cobalt EXT would be good.

Cobalt EXT would be good.
Forum: Equipment 02-03-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By MChambers
I sometimes soak the spray bar in very hot water....

I sometimes soak the spray bar in very hot water. Seems to get rid of BBA.
Forum: Fish 02-03-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 762
Posted By MChambers
What temperature are you keeping them in?

What temperature are you keeping them in?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 02-02-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By MChambers
I'll disagree. My understanding is that heat and...

I'll disagree. My understanding is that heat and moisture cause fish food to deteriorate over time. The fish food manufacturers I've spoken with recommend keeping it in a cool place in an airtight...
Forum: Equipment 02-01-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By MChambers
Cobalt

The Cobalt EXT filter is slightly more than 12 inches high, so if you have 12.5 inches clearance it would be a good choice. It does about 210 gph. The pump is separate from the body of the filter,...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 01-30-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 454
Posted By MChambers
I agree

My experience has been the same, with various corydoras, including the above, Green Lasers and sp. C123. I really don't think the corydoras eat many shrimplets and certainly don't eat adults. I've...
Forum: Equipment 01-28-2015, 03:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By MChambers
You need to find out if it has some sort of...

You need to find out if it has some sort of antibacterial or fungicial chemicals. If it does, you should not use it.
Forum: Equipment 01-28-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 412
Posted By MChambers
One canister that doesn't is the Cobalt EXT,...

One canister that doesn't is the Cobalt EXT, because the pump is separate from the canister body and can be placed in or out of the tank, either on the intake or the output. Probably too big for an...
Forum: Fish 01-28-2015, 01:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By MChambers
Do you mean Anomalochromis thomasi? I've got...

Do you mean Anomalochromis thomasi? I've got some, but I had no idea they would eat ramshorns. I agree that they are nice fish.
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