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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-11-2012, 11:18 PM
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Posted By Old Salt
you could cap the potting soil with the Flourite....

you could cap the potting soil with the Flourite. Just be sure and let the tank cycle a good amount of time before adding any fish. Plant heavily so the cycling goes a bit easier. Get some fast...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-11-2012, 12:44 PM
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Posted By Old Salt
Here is a cheap and easy solution for lighting to...

Here is a cheap and easy solution for lighting to start out, Bayco 150-Watt Incandescent Clamp Light. It can handle a cfl bulb and each fixture is less then $10. I'd recommend getting two of them and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   06-09-2012, 08:15 PM
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Posted By Old Salt
the 20 gallon tank @ 32.99 is your best deal.

the 20 gallon tank @ 32.99 is your best deal.
Forum: Tank Journals   06-05-2012, 12:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By Old Salt
You can trim it now, should actually help it...

You can trim it now, should actually help it root. What fish will you be stocking it with?
Forum: Tank Journals   06-04-2012, 02:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,444
Posted By Old Salt
I'd put some more plants in the background, and...

I'd put some more plants in the background, and trim the hair grass to about half its current height. The drift wood looks much better now, couldn't really make it out well before.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-29-2012, 01:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By Old Salt
That gives you 1.7 watts per gallon, you should...

That gives you 1.7 watts per gallon, you should be able to grow low-medium light plants.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-29-2012, 12:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By Old Salt
You should be able to start with low light plants...

You should be able to start with low light plants under your current set up, without the use of CO2. That would mean plants like java fern, crypts, Water sprite, wisteria, anubias, bacoba, sagittaria...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-26-2012, 01:48 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Old Salt
Crypt parva is a nice low grower only gets 2"...

Crypt parva is a nice low grower only gets 2" high.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-23-2012, 11:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 879
Posted By Old Salt
I see no reason to change the substrate which...

I see no reason to change the substrate which already had plenty of beneficial bacteria in it. Decide what look you are going for and buy the plants to make it happen. Buy a few more then you think...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-22-2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 344
Posted By Old Salt
Seeing you are in Texas, over heating and algae...

Seeing you are in Texas, over heating and algae blooms would come to mind. how much direct sunlight comes through the window?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-20-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By Old Salt
Looks like you are off to a good start. Be sure...

Looks like you are off to a good start. Be sure and heavily plant the tank at first, you can always remove some plants at a later date.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,369
Posted By Old Salt
Do you have a circular saw? If so, place a 2x6 on...

Do you have a circular saw? If so, place a 2x6 on the floor, and use your level to scribe the line down the length of the board to make your shims. Start the cut at the tallest point and work to...
Forum: Plants   05-19-2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,361
Posted By Old Salt
Try Wisteria, grows fairly quickly, and can also...

Try Wisteria, grows fairly quickly, and can also be rooted in the substrate.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,369
Posted By Old Salt
3/4 " over 6" is alot. I have the same issue in...

3/4 " over 6" is alot. I have the same issue in my basement , but it is not finished, and the basement walls along the perimeter are rock. I had to make and level my own stands. As I said I'd bolt of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,369
Posted By Old Salt
You are going about the leveling the hard way....

You are going about the leveling the hard way. purchase a piece of 1x3 8feet long and place it along the wall at the height of the stand.Level it and draw a line along the length of the 1x3. You now...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,369
Posted By Old Salt
A few questions. Is your basement finished, and...

A few questions. Is your basement finished, and if so does the tank sit along a wall? Is the tank on a manufactured stand?
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-15-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,394
Posted By Old Salt
You might want to look at the Current USA...

You might want to look at the Current USA fixture. It has the white and Pink (flora) . Their white is a 12k temp bulb. Same wattage .
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-15-2012, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,394
Posted By Old Salt
I 'd go pink and white , 10k for the white bulb.

I 'd go pink and white , 10k for the white bulb.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-14-2012, 12:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,394
Posted By Old Salt
You will still need to add fertilizer. How much...

You will still need to add fertilizer. How much and what to add will depend on the plants and the composition of the substrate.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-13-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,915
Posted By Old Salt
I 'd soak it for a couple of days in...

I 'd soak it for a couple of days in dechlorinated water, and make sure it sinks. Then add it to the tank.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-09-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,394
Posted By Old Salt
The light fixture will extend the length of the...

The light fixture will extend the length of the tank, the light tubes do not.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-08-2012, 09:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 934
Posted By Old Salt
You will be in the optional range with it right...

You will be in the optional range with it right over the tank , if you use the legs you drop into low light range.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-08-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 934
Posted By Old Salt
I'd opt for increasing your lighting . One 20w...

I'd opt for increasing your lighting . One 20w bulb is just not enough. You can also take some of the floating wisteria and plant it n the substrate. I have a 29 gallon my self, and am running two 2...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-06-2012, 05:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By Old Salt
He should be fine for low to medium light plants...

He should be fine for low to medium light plants with that arrangements. growth should be slow. just make sure the bio load is also light.
Forum: Low Tech Forum   05-04-2012, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,912
Posted By Old Salt
The T5HO lighting will need to be a bit above the...

The T5HO lighting will need to be a bit above the glass cover, say 2 to 3 inches minimum. As far as plants go, it will really depend on what type of look you are after. Are you going to try and...
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