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Forum: Lighting 08-12-2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By benjaminleebates
Thanks! Yeah, I think the retrofit is a good...

Thanks!
Yeah, I think the retrofit is a good idea to start. I still have two 24" T5HO's that I am planning to keep. My hood is custom built (by Me) so I have options there....
Forum: Lighting 08-12-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By benjaminleebates
Does the strength of the light degrade thru the...

Does the strength of the light degrade thru the water more quickly than with Florescent bulbs?
Right now, my T8's and my T5HO's are all about 4-5 inches above the water. The surface to the...
Forum: Lighting 08-12-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By benjaminleebates
Thanks for the response... Soooo, I was...

Thanks for the response...
Soooo, I was thinking of two of these LED bars in place of my 2 - 24" T8 bulbs...
Do you think they will be stronger, weaker or the same?
Forum: Lighting 08-11-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By benjaminleebates
Its worse than that. they are 6" by 1" and they...

Its worse than that.
they are 6" by 1" and they have 180 led's. the angle is considered "wide"
http://www.ccs-grp.com/s2_ps/src/pro_download/i_ct/1053/0/2

If I hook them up with a dimmer, I can...
Forum: Plants 08-11-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 317
Posted By benjaminleebates
I got it at a LFS, not in the tubes. But I do...

I got it at a LFS, not in the tubes. But I do agree with how it looks. They did have a tag stating it was bolbitis, but I don't usually pay much heed, especially if a little googling leads me to...
Forum: Plants 08-11-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By benjaminleebates
I had a shot, but my corys and yoyos didn't think...

I had a shot, but my corys and yoyos didn't think so.
Forum: Plants 08-11-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 317
Posted By benjaminleebates
No idea what this plant is...

I love finding neat little plants at the LFS, especially the ones that no one knows what they are... It's the dark green fern like plant.
(sorry for the sideways pic)
...
Forum: Lighting 08-11-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By benjaminleebates
Found a LED Light bar...

Where I work, I stumbled across two LED lights bars that didn't have a home at this moment...
http://www.ccs-grp.com/s2_ps/src/pro_item/1/1/3/114/1053/e.html
I have a 36 gallon tank, 18 inches from...
Forum: Equipment 12-25-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By benjaminleebates
azoo regulator

So I got an azoo regulator kit from fosters and smith for Christmas! So I need to get a co2 tank. Is there anything special that a should know when getting one? Please tell me it works with...
Forum: Algae 12-19-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By benjaminleebates
Seachem Clarity

Should this ever be used to clear green cloudy water? Like what are the pros and cons of ever using it?
Forum: Algae 12-12-2013, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By benjaminleebates
My tanks was great for the first year... ...

My tanks was great for the first year...
Plants, yes.
DIY Co2
Ferts, yes
10 hours of light
My tank started to go to heck last may.
Shortly after I stopped replacing the filter every month.
I...
Forum: Algae 12-10-2013, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By benjaminleebates
algae bloom and light sensitivity

I just redid my tank, lasted about two weeks before algae bloom, green water. Which nutrients (if any) do I need to reduce?
One of my T8 bulbs, just reached 6 months. How likely is it that algae...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-06-2013, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By benjaminleebates
I cycled my aquarium a couple years ago I used...

I cycled my aquarium a couple years ago I used straight ammonia and seeding with regular tank enzyme from the lfs. I had water sprite, moss, and moneywort. All survived the fishless cycle just fine.
Forum: Plants 12-06-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By benjaminleebates
Post a pick. Sometimes seeing what you got, will...

Post a pick. Sometimes seeing what you got, will help others in guiding what would be a nice aesthetic addition...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-06-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By benjaminleebates
Remember, mirror is not a good reflector, it...

Remember, mirror is not a good reflector, it needs to be a highly polished metal. Angles in the reflector are important, too. Otherwise, white is a better reflector that a mirror.
What plants were...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-06-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By benjaminleebates
Other issues... What plants did you try? What...

Other issues...
What plants did you try?
What is your substrate?
What is the distance from your light to surface and surface to substrate?
Do you use reflectors?
Never heard of not doing water...
Forum: Plants 12-05-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 541
Posted By benjaminleebates
Bacopa australis...

Bacopa australis (http://www.flowgrow.de/db/aquaticplants/bacopa-australis) does this wonderfully. I've weighted down stems or pushed them into substrate and shoots grow off.
Forum: Plants 12-05-2013, 04:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 943
Posted By benjaminleebates
I've always had great luck with water sprite, a...

I've always had great luck with water sprite, a little excel in the water and they go nuts.
Forum: Aquascaping 12-04-2013, 07:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By benjaminleebates
Salte

Slate is great at lowes. My local store has 6x6 inch ones for $.87 a piece, but the 12x12 tiles are $15 for a box (they make you buy the whole box). Use a putty knife and a mallet, then you can...
Forum: Substrate 12-03-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By benjaminleebates
Yeah. I was just really nervous. I read all...

Yeah. I was just really nervous. I read all sorts of horror stories, and so I wasn't certain as to how complex it all was. Some people were insistent that you needed to keep your old substrate for...
Forum: Substrate 12-03-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 469
Posted By benjaminleebates
Substrate Swapping, complete success!

I don't know if I was just lucky or all the research paid off (perhaps both?)
I just finished my swapping of gravel to Black Diamond sand. Here's what I have learned.
1. Rinse! I rinsed all my...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-02-2013, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By benjaminleebates
Thanks for the tips... If the background plants...

Thanks for the tips...
If the background plants don't get as tall as I would like I will add/change. I like fuzzy plants, they share the light better than broadleafed ones...
Yeah I wish my wood...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-02-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By benjaminleebates
First Tank redux, now with Black Diamond Sand!

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=9414&pictureid=45081I reworked my tank with Black diamond sand, plenty of carpeting plants, once everything really gets going, I'll add or...
Forum: Algae 11-26-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 728
Posted By benjaminleebates
I have two SAE, and I would say that you...

I have two SAE, and I would say that you shouldn't get just one. These two pretty much ignore all the other tankmates, and spend the whole day chasing each other around like cats. It's not really...
Forum: Aquascaping 11-25-2013, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 839
Posted By benjaminleebates
I have tons of clear Polyester 2 mil thick at my...

I have tons of clear Polyester 2 mil thick at my disposal. It's really thin so it's easy to manage... I can't see any issue there, can you? I would be using it to help keep my substrate terraced...
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