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Forum: Equipment   09-24-2016, 03:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 375
Posted By AKnickolai
Of the bunch the one that jeffkrol linked is...

Of the bunch the one that jeffkrol linked is probably the best and most expensive. Take some time to look around these forums and the Amazon reviews for what you are looking for. The results with...
Forum: Equipment   09-23-2016, 04:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 375
Posted By AKnickolai
I highly doubt that is a dual stage regulator. ...

I highly doubt that is a dual stage regulator. It's pretty common to see regulators for planted tanks advertised as dual gage. It's just my opinion, but I think this is an advertising gimmick to...
Forum: Equipment   09-23-2016, 03:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By AKnickolai
I built a bean animal overflow. It is very quiet...

I built a bean animal overflow. It is very quiet and I like the safety factor with the extra emergency drain. If you are starting new and have the ability to do a bean animal over flow it is...
Forum: Equipment   09-22-2016, 03:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 346
Posted By AKnickolai
I have an 80 gallon tank that has been up and...

I have an 80 gallon tank that has been up and doing well for a few years now. I researched sump design for quite a while before finishing the tank build and ended up with nothing but a 29 gallon...
Forum: Lighting   09-21-2016, 04:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 463
Posted By AKnickolai
The warm (2700k) Decore Vero's have a nice spike...

The warm (2700k) Decore Vero's have a nice spike in the red that is very close the optimum wavelength for photosynthesis, pairing that with a cooler (5000k-5600k) will hit the blue wavelength for...
Forum: Lighting   09-21-2016, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 206
Posted By AKnickolai
Wow that EVO clip light has some amazing specs...

Wow that EVO clip light has some amazing specs for the cost! Might have to get one and try and modify it with some colored LED's...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-21-2016, 04:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 490
Posted By AKnickolai
I only do dirt tanks now, so about 2-3 years. ...

I only do dirt tanks now, so about 2-3 years. It's a lot of work, but eventually my crypts grow in so thick it's a giant root mat and its time to start over. I guess I could be better about...
Forum: Plants   09-21-2016, 03:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By AKnickolai
Looks an awful lot like what happens to my plants...

Looks an awful lot like what happens to my plants if I don't feed my pleco raw vegetables for more than a few days. Nutrient deficiencies are usually a little more evenly distributed to all the...
Forum: DIY   09-20-2016, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By AKnickolai
It sounds like the theory is to batch flow CO2...

It sounds like the theory is to batch flow CO2 into the tank so that the coil is not energized all the time - allowing some shut off/cool down time during the day. I'd imagine that the cycling...
Forum: Lighting   09-20-2016, 06:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 206
Posted By AKnickolai
For $100 budget its going to be tough to get an...

For $100 budget its going to be tough to get an LED light that will punch that far down. Tall narrow tanks are tough to light because of that. You could DIY a nice looking fixture that would do it,...
Forum: Lighting   09-20-2016, 06:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 463
Posted By AKnickolai
I've seen some spread sheets out there that give...

I've seen some spread sheets out there that give some guidelines for selecting the number of LED's. Here's a link to a build I did almost a year ago and I'm still loving it. I think it is easier to...
Forum: Equipment   09-19-2016, 04:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By AKnickolai
10 ppi = coarse 20 ppi = middle of the road ...

10 ppi = coarse
20 ppi = middle of the road
30 ppi = fine
45 ppi = ultra fine (used in sponge filters for small fish and shrimp breeding)

I use a 10 ppi first layer (3") and the rest 20 ppi...
Forum: Equipment   09-16-2016, 04:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 542
Posted By AKnickolai
I don't have any pics and I'm away for a while on...

I don't have any pics and I'm away for a while on work.

The Rio just runs the internal CO2 loop, I have a separate pump that handles return flow to the tank. The lower flow rate ~100gph is...
Forum: Equipment   09-16-2016, 05:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 542
Posted By AKnickolai
I have an 80G tank with a sump and use a cerges...

I have an 80G tank with a sump and use a cerges reactor on a closed loop in my sump to supply CO2. I use a Rio venturi pump for the reactor loop, injecting the CO2 directly into the venturi port on...
Forum: Lighting   12-14-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 212
Posted By AKnickolai
Beamswork makes a 60" 6500k LED strip that can be...

Beamswork makes a 60" 6500k LED strip that can be had for a pretty low price (~$130). Make sure you look at the 6500k strip, they also make some saltwater lights with blue LED's that won't do a...
Forum: Lighting   12-10-2015, 02:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 458
Posted By AKnickolai
If you built your own controller you can probably...

If you built your own controller you can probably handle building your own LED light. Probably the easiest way to get a full spectrum LED that is planted tank specific and controllable the way you...
Forum: Lighting   12-07-2015, 03:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 341
Posted By AKnickolai
I had some of the 15W LED modules that they sell...

I had some of the 15W LED modules that they sell on a 40G breeder for many years. The actual units are super nice and provide more uniform PAR front to back then Finnex lights as a reference point. ...
Forum: Lighting   12-05-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By AKnickolai
I agree with the lack of water column nutrient...

I agree with the lack of water column nutrient excess a huge contributor to why it works so well. Sometimes I notice nutrient deficiencies in my dirt tanks over time, this is usually a sign I need...
Forum: Lighting   12-05-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 338
Posted By AKnickolai
I have a dirt tank that I grow only slow growing...

I have a dirt tank that I grow only slow growing plants like crypts, anubias, and buces in. I have about 50-60 PAR at the substrate and have no algae problems. I think part of the key to that is...
Forum: DIY   12-04-2015, 10:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,273
Posted By AKnickolai
I've used both, it really doesn't matter which...

I've used both, it really doesn't matter which one you use. If you go with Grigg's design don't put any bio balls or media in it, it's not required. Both designs can end up with a CO2 bubble in...
Forum: DIY   12-01-2015, 03:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,085
Posted By AKnickolai
Since our eyes aren't very visually responsive to...

Since our eyes aren't very visually responsive to violet the tank really doesn't look any different with the violets on/off. There is a subtle difference in some of the blues on my buces, but you...
Forum: DIY   11-30-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,085
Posted By AKnickolai
DIY LED 80G Light Build

A few months ago I completely drained my 80 gallon tank to make it a dirt tank and decided it was a good time to swap the lights out too. I had been using a DIY light hood with 4 T5HO bulbs that...
Forum: DIY   11-11-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,694
Posted By AKnickolai
I would not worry about that. I've built stands...

I would not worry about that. I've built stands for 80-150 gallon tanks. Wood is amazingly strong as others have stated, skinning with plywood adds a ton of shear strength to the build. If you're...
Forum: DIY   11-01-2015, 03:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By AKnickolai
I run an 80G tank with a sump and a Cerges...

I run an 80G tank with a sump and a Cerges reactor and it works fine. For the sump I would suggest and HMF style sump and just put a few sheets or Poret foam in there instead of worrying about...
Forum: Equipment   11-01-2015, 02:16 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,580
Posted By AKnickolai
I have an 80G tank with a 29G sump and it is the...

I have an 80G tank with a 29G sump and it is the way to go. As far as internals don't bother with baffles. Put a few pieces of Poret foam in there and you're done. Poret is pricey for foam, but...
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