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Forum: Plants 10-23-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By lochaber
I've had frogbit drop roots when I put it in a...

I've had frogbit drop roots when I put it in a new tank. I assume it's something to do with shock or adapting to new conditions or something.

Creates a hell of a mess, though.

Now whenever I...
Forum: DIY 10-21-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By lochaber
are you just trying to heat all the tanks with...

are you just trying to heat all the tanks with one heater?

Most of the heat exchangers I've seen either run one tube inside another with the flows going opposite, or have pretty big coils to give...
Forum: DIY 10-21-2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 389
Posted By lochaber
probably more work then what it's worth, but you...

probably more work then what it's worth, but you could put some t-nuts on the back of the panels, and then drill holes through the 2x4s, and use machine screws/bolts to hold them on. Easily...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 10-21-2014, 02:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 141
Posted By lochaber
I think most conifer cones have a lot of resin,...

I think most conifer cones have a lot of resin, so it's probably not something I would put in the tank.
Forum: Fish 10-21-2014, 02:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By lochaber
cichlids are pretty smart (for fish...), so I...

cichlids are pretty smart (for fish...), so I wonder if that might have something to do with it...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 10-21-2014, 02:14 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,145
Posted By lochaber
I'd probably use other sources first, but if all...

I'd probably use other sources first, but if all I had left were tank water, sure.

But I would either boil it or add bleach to it (I think it's ~2 drops per quart, shake, wait ~30 minutes, but I'm...
Forum: Substrate 10-21-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 303
Posted By lochaber
If you are looking to add it as some sort of...

If you are looking to add it as some sort of substrate additive, as opposed to pest control, I think some of the oil absorbant products (ultrasorb?) are made out of granules of diatomaceous earth. I...
Forum: Substrate 10-21-2014, 02:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 214
Posted By lochaber
I think some of the information in the Wikipedia...

I think some of the information in the Wikipedia article are a little misleading/unclear.

The "thousands of years" bit isn't referring to the soil's fertility, just that chunks of charcoal can...
Forum: Substrate 10-21-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 199
Posted By lochaber
When I set up a tank, I put in the substrate, and...

When I set up a tank, I put in the substrate, and then do the planting (no water yet), and periodically spray/mist the plants and substrate pretty heavily with a spray bottle. This both keeps the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-21-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 309
Posted By lochaber
If you go with the Krylon fusion, you should let...

If you go with the Krylon fusion, you should let it dry for ~7days before returning it to the tank.

Might be worth poking around a hardware store, seeing if there is some black tubing that is the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-21-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 149
Posted By lochaber
I like to use nylon machine screws. If it's...

I like to use nylon machine screws. If it's going into a thick piece, I tap the hole in the wood, if it's a thin piece, I just use a nylon bolt and cover it with the substrate.

If the...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 10-21-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By lochaber
A bit more expensive, but pretty easy would be to...

A bit more expensive, but pretty easy would be to use virgin cork bark "flats" (they are rarely flat...), tree-fern fiber slabs, or a combination.

The tree fern fiber slabs are great for...
Forum: Aquascaping 10-17-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 414
Posted By lochaber
I'd avoid the dumbell. If the slate isn't...

I'd avoid the dumbell.

If the slate isn't enough to hold it down, maybe the big terracotta tiles? They are thicker, so I assume they are also heavier. Might be slightly more difficult to drill...
Forum: Substrate 10-17-2014, 01:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 303
Posted By lochaber
I think the DE is so fine it would get stirred up...

I think the DE is so fine it would get stirred up into the water column and make a mess out of the tank.

I'm not certain, but I've heard one of the explanations for DE working is that it scrapes...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-17-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 306
Posted By lochaber
The first fish you put in that tank are going to...

The first fish you put in that tank are going to be very happy.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-17-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 430
Posted By lochaber
If you didn't smell anything on a fresh cut, then...

If you didn't smell anything on a fresh cut, then it's probaby safe. Whatever was in there has likely been leached out by rain, or just broken down over time.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-17-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By lochaber
Do some thorough soaking or boiling.

Do some thorough soaking or boiling.
Forum: DIY 10-15-2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 246
Posted By lochaber
I'm trying to think of something fairly simple...

I'm trying to think of something fairly simple that would work for that, and right now the best I can think of is to poke around Home Depot or Lowe's, and find some sort of plastic rod/tube/bar...
Forum: Plants 10-15-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 590
Posted By lochaber
If you put the moss right at or slightly above...

If you put the moss right at or slightly above the waterline, I think that would work pretty well. Depending on the growth pattern, you might have to manually replant/position it further up the...
Forum: Plants 10-15-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 161
Posted By lochaber
I've grown some sort of houseplant ivy in a...

I've grown some sort of houseplant ivy in a paludarium before, so I feel pretty confident that one will work.

Not sure about the antherium(sp?), but I think it would be worth a try.

No clue on...
Forum: Equipment 10-15-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 678
Posted By lochaber
I'm not quite clear, are the fish getting stuck...

I'm not quite clear, are the fish getting stuck twixt the glass and the tube, or stuck to the tube where the joint is?

If it's twixt glass and tube, maybe take a bit of foam somewhat bigger then...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 10-15-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By lochaber
I'm not sure how your filter output is set up,...

I'm not sure how your filter output is set up, but otherwise my first guess would be just air bubbles mixed into the water and getting trapped in the surface film, so, mostly N2?

:)
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 10-15-2014, 01:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By lochaber
I was going to suggest using plastic canvas to...

I was going to suggest using plastic canvas to build something.
Maybe just use another piece to form a rim that sticks out on all sides an extra 1/4" or 1/2" or however much is necessary.

Or run...
Forum: DIY 10-13-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 467
Posted By lochaber
Probably not much help, but sometimes poking...

Probably not much help, but sometimes poking around the older locally-owned stores and I'll find a rack. Might even be worth asking the people working there, I've seen a place or two that had some...
Forum: DIY 10-13-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By lochaber
Poke around some fish stores, especially older...

Poke around some fish stores, especially older mom&pop types. Sometimes they will have a rack of thinwall acrylic tubing off in a corner. I think usually in ~3ft lengths, and maybe a couple dollars...
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