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Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-09-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
So you basically vacuum the tank side of the...

So you basically vacuum the tank side of the foam? Or am I misunderstanding what you wrote? Sounds like a clever idea.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-01-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Some pumps are better equipped to handle the...

Some pumps are better equipped to handle the added pressure. Or else we wouldn't have swimming pools, hot tubs, or canister filters. Besides, the tank design I'm working on puts the pump in a dry,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-31-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
When I build the next tank I'll use an actual...

When I build the next tank I'll use an actual pump instead of a powerhead. An external pump too. Powerheads annoy me with having to get wet to tinker with them.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-31-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I have no plans to ever run anything else on a...

I have no plans to ever run anything else on a tank again. I'm that impressed with the system.

The one improvement I plan to make next time is to add a couple ordinary household water filter...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I suspect removing the foam would make a mess....

I suspect removing the foam would make a mess. This tank has been running almost a year now and I see no need to mess with the foam.

The good thing is that the foam doesn't go below the substrate....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Our yoyo loach seemed to do well in our...

Our yoyo loach seemed to do well in our ten-gallon tank by himself. When we build the next tank I'll probably get several of them.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-30-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Window tint film if you have a glass cover. Shade...

Window tint film if you have a glass cover. Shade cloth for an open tank. Raise the light fixture a few inches.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-29-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 511
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I got exactly what you're looking for. I never...

I got exactly what you're looking for. I never test my water, rarely prune anything, and even more rarely do water changes. But my tank looks presentable and the fish are happy and breeding....
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-29-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Here's an overall shot of the tank. I don't plan...

Here's an overall shot of the tank. I don't plan to enter any competitions with it.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5517/12100364573_74496da396_b.jpg...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,359
Posted By SouthernGorilla
We at one time had in excess of 100 apple snails...

We at one time had in excess of 100 apple snails in one of our tanks. Never expected all those eggs to hatch.

Anyhow, we have kept these snails for quite some time now. Our experience is that they...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,956
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I haven't used a test kit in months. I don't even...

I haven't used a test kit in months. I don't even do water changes. Conventional wisdom says my tanks should be boxes of rotting bio-goo. Yet they're healthy and happy enough that tetras, mollies,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By SouthernGorilla
This thread isn't a debate over the pros and cons...

This thread isn't a debate over the pros and cons of a tall tank. I am building a tall tank because that is what I want. The only question was how tall. I now have an answer to that question.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-28-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
The foam came from Drs. Fosters & Smith. It's...

The foam came from Drs. Fosters & Smith. It's just the ordinary green reticulated filter foam.

I'll get some pictures as soon as I can.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-28-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Exactly. We love that our tanks sit at a good...

Exactly. We love that our tanks sit at a good viewing height. And we want enough room for plants to grow without breaking the surface. From what I've gathered here, your setup is just about perfect...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-27-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By SouthernGorilla
That certainly would make for a tall tank. There...

That certainly would make for a tall tank. There are stock tank sizes tall enough for that, so it isn't unreasonable. We have three or four different plants that have reached the top of our 20T.
I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-26-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Tank height question

My wife and I are contemplating a custom build for our next tank upgrade. The problem we've had with our first couple tanks is that the plants keep growing to the surface and beyond. It's not that we...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-26-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,243
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I think this is a brilliant idea. I'd do it in a...

I think this is a brilliant idea. I'd do it in a heartbeat if I was setting up a paludarium.

But I have to agree with those who advise planning on removing the foam. Based on the surface area to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-26-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,054
Posted By SouthernGorilla
We like snails. But there can be too much of a...

We like snails. But there can be too much of a good thing. When every surface is covered with snails something has to be done.

A handful of nerite snails will contain algae and detritus,...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-25-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Interesting. We have what I presume is BBA on...

Interesting. We have what I presume is BBA on several of our plants. But I don't see any on the foam. I think the critters are keeping it at bay.



I don't remember the GPH of the powerhead. But...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-24-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
I've thought about using a small canister filter...

I've thought about using a small canister filter in conjunction with the mattenfilter. But just using it for the biological and chemical filtration.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-24-2014, 12:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 993
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Good luck with the shrimp. The guppies we had ate...

Good luck with the shrimp. The guppies we had ate all our cherry shrimp.

Dirt is the way to go.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-24-2014, 12:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By SouthernGorilla
My mattenfilter experience

It's been several months since I built our 20T and set up the mattenfilter. Since it's just a piece of foam and a pump, I guess it's low-tech enough to discuss it in the low-tech forum.

Folks are...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-24-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Both of ours are BOOM tanks. I have seen the...

Both of ours are BOOM tanks. I have seen the apple snails eat it. But not fast enough.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-23-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 664
Posted By SouthernGorilla
My concern with that tank is that it doesn't...

My concern with that tank is that it doesn't leave much room for substrate. Granted, I use probably twice as much substrate as conventional wisdom dictates, if not more. But even just an inch or two...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-23-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,553
Posted By SouthernGorilla
Our 20T is about as low-tech and hassle-free as...

Our 20T is about as low-tech and hassle-free as you can get. The substrate is "custom made" by me; organic dirt out of a plastic bag I bought at one of the big box stores, red clay from an arts...
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