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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-17-2014, 02:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By DaveK
There is no difference in the gas as such, CO2 is...

There is no difference in the gas as such, CO2 is CO2. However, pressurized CO2 is a lot more controllable and you can get a lot more CO2 into the water because of the way it works. Also, pressurized...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-16-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By DaveK
I'm partial to most tetras and rasboras. A few...

I'm partial to most tetras and rasboras. A few pairs of black phantom tetras or red tail rasboras would put things off to a good start. There are a lot of other fish you could consider. After all,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-09-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By DaveK
The trick here is to use materials that can take...

The trick here is to use materials that can take some water with out coming apart. Particle board is something that loves to take on water, swell, and become useless.

I built a stand for my 90...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-08-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,138
Posted By DaveK
I think you have more or less answered your own...

I think you have more or less answered your own question. Note how the price per gallon of water housed goes way up as you get into larger tanks. If the tank was the only consideration, you could buy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-06-2014, 04:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 741
Posted By DaveK
I think the surface skimming is a good idea, but...

I think the surface skimming is a good idea, but beyond that it looks like it's similar in function to those old internal air driven box filters. Here is an example of a box filter -...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-06-2014, 04:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By DaveK
When ever I see something like this, a National...

When ever I see something like this, a National Geographic "endorsement" or brand on a product that has nothing to do with them at all, a red flag goes up. To me, this says it's a lousy product, so...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Posted By DaveK
Considering that they charge you a dollar or two...

Considering that they charge you a dollar or two per gallon of water, tap water can be a very low cost alternative. I'd use that, unless I had a specific issue with my tap water. For example I have a...
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 183
Posted By DaveK
I'd say that since most stands for large tanks...

I'd say that since most stands for large tanks are open, you only need to worry about the frame, and that's rather sturdy.

It's not going to hurt anything to use foam, but it's not really...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 900
Posted By DaveK
I've had planted tanks many years, but only got...

I've had planted tanks many years, but only got it high tech the last few years, thanks to the help on this forum.

I use live plants because they look so real, unlike those plastic ones which...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-05-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Posted By DaveK
My first question is, why can't you use regular...

My first question is, why can't you use regular tap water for your plants?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-01-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 341
Posted By DaveK
Over the years the number of fish lost in no...

Over the years the number of fish lost in no doubt in the 100's. I've been in the hobby about 45 years now. If you keep fish, you are going to loose some of them for various reasons. Some fish only...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-01-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 345
Posted By DaveK
Before you get involved with equipment selection,...

Before you get involved with equipment selection, figure out what sort of livestock you want to keep in the tank. That will drive the equipment selection, much more so than in a FW system. For...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 345
Posted By DaveK
As good as this forum is for planted tanks, by...

As good as this forum is for planted tanks, by it's nature it's not going to be nearly as good for SW reef systems. There are a lot of good SW forums out there. Reef Central has been mentioned. They...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 524
Posted By DaveK
I suspect that what you are seeing is not so much...

I suspect that what you are seeing is not so much "Lack of intelligent life on Craigslist" as it is deliberate fraud. If they find someone stupid enough to buy it at a high price, they do well....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-23-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,440
Posted By DaveK
After reading the thread, to me it seems like the...

After reading the thread, to me it seems like the water company added a lot of chemicals to the water, for one reason or another. It's also not unusual to see seasonal differences in water quality.
...
Forum: Equipment 03-20-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By DaveK
Oops, they have a good reputation.

Oops, they have a good reputation.
Forum: Equipment 03-20-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By DaveK
If you increase circulation, you'll cause some...

If you increase circulation, you'll cause some loss of CO2. Since this is a high tech tank, you solve that by increasing the CO2.

I use a pair of 500 gph JBJ Oceanstream Circulation Pumps and a...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By DaveK
Hana had a good reputation. I don't think you'd...

Hana had a good reputation. I don't think you'd have a problem with their products, but they are fairly expensive.

What parameters are you interested in testing?

For example, I test for ammonia...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 651
Posted By DaveK
There is a lot of excellent advice on this thread...

There is a lot of excellent advice on this thread for someone considering a SW tank for the first time.

Even so, I'd recommend the op post their question on a SW forum, hopefully one that has an...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By DaveK
I also like Eheim over JBL. It's not that the JBL...

I also like Eheim over JBL. It's not that the JBL is bad, it's that replacement parts for the Eheim are generally available. I'd sure hate to have to replace a canister filter because I couldn't get...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-13-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By DaveK
I've never found any that didn't need periodic...

I've never found any that didn't need periodic replacement.

What are you trying to hook up? I have gotten good results using rigid plastic tubing to get it down inside the tank and keeping it in...
Forum: Equipment 03-10-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By DaveK
There are a few times when I have used a skimmer...

There are a few times when I have used a skimmer in a fe tank, but it's usually when something in the tank will be removed by the foaming action of the skimmer.

Usually that doesn't occur in FW,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-09-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By DaveK
You could try nori sheets. That's the dry seaweed...

You could try nori sheets. That's the dry seaweed sheets used in making sushi. The SW fish people use it all the timje to feed fish that require a lot of algae in their diet.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-08-2014, 03:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 410
Posted By DaveK
They should work fine. Years ago I had a heater...

They should work fine. Years ago I had a heater that used a titanium heating element. It was an industrial grade heater, and just about indestructible compared to the stuff you see today. I used it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-08-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,049
Posted By DaveK
I would tend to agree with the others that...

I would tend to agree with the others that suggested cichlids. They tend to act very similar to SW fish. Other fish like puffers and FW stingrays might look better, but you would tend to have...
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