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Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-06-2012, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 308
Posted By irbenson
Using a fish tank for terrestrial plants?

So I have a 75g tank sitting around, and I'm going to college soon so now is a bad time to set it up. What do you guys think about putting some soil in and growing house plants that my parents can...
Forum: Lighting 05-21-2011, 05:00 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,580
Posted By irbenson
Is there a possibility that weaker bulbs/crappy...

Is there a possibility that weaker bulbs/crappy reflectors are a GOOD thing? I'm new to planted tanks and haven't even ordered the fixture yet(although I plan to), but 4xT4HO bulbs on a 75 seems like...
Forum: Substrate 05-16-2011, 02:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,080
Posted By irbenson
Did the potting soil have to undergo the...

Did the potting soil have to undergo the wetting/drying process that you need to do for top soil(in the sticky)? Is there a difference between potting soil and top soil? xD
Forum: DIY 05-16-2011, 02:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 655
Posted By irbenson
How much sugar to DIY a 75g?

I found an old post on google and someone said they do 1tsp yeast and 8 cups sugar in a 2.5 gallon water jug for a 75g and it lasts a month. Assuming that is enough, then at 75 cents a pound and 2...
Forum: Lighting 05-15-2011, 11:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,580
Posted By irbenson
Odyssea lights review?

Just wondering if anybody has first hand experience with these. 48" 2x54watt t5ho for 65 shipped...lowest price I can find for a t5ho fixture.
Forum: Substrate 05-15-2011, 01:46 AM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 171,862
Posted By irbenson
Is it okay to use just MTS without a cap? I will...

Is it okay to use just MTS without a cap? I will avoid fish that like to dig a lot.
Forum: Fish 04-25-2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,961
Posted By irbenson
My angels always go to the top and try to swim...

My angels always go to the top and try to swim outwards towards me...it's rather annoying and I always get guilt tripped into feeding them xD
Forum: Substrate 04-25-2011, 01:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,128
Posted By irbenson
I spent $4 for a 50lb bag. The key is just to...

I spent $4 for a 50lb bag. The key is just to wash it ALOT(I rinsed it at least 30 times). Keep in mind that it is a one-time wash, so it's really not that bad :)
Forum: Fish 04-24-2011, 01:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,149
Posted By irbenson
What's your favorite tetra?

I haven't had the opportunity to try too many tetras but I have to say I really like serpaes, especially the long fin variety. The red provides color amongst my mass of silver/zebra angelfish :D
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-27-2010, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,939
Posted By irbenson
Paintball CO2 tank vs regular 5lb tank

I noticed that paintball tanks don't require the fancy gauge at the top of a regular tank(solenoid? regulator?). A 5lb CO2 tank would probably run me $50 but then I see some setups going for $200+....
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2010, 03:22 AM
Replies: 729
Views: 172,979
Posted By irbenson
I think he wants to slow down the flow rate for...

I think he wants to slow down the flow rate for the UV to be more effective and he's wondering if the slower flow rate will harm the filter
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-12-2010, 03:45 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,268
Posted By irbenson
Lure them out with food :O (There's a nice open...

Lure them out with food :O
(There's a nice open area in your tank)
Forum: Equipment 12-12-2010, 03:38 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 77,099
Posted By irbenson
Are these stealth heaters the titanium ones...

Are these stealth heaters the titanium ones without a light? I always thought titanium>glass in the sense that it's "shatter proof". And now it shatters a tank? O.O
Unless it's not titanium...
Forum: Equipment 12-11-2010, 07:32 PM
Replies: 729
Views: 172,979
Posted By irbenson
I just ran into a 530gph sunsun. Maybe I'm just...

I just ran into a 530gph sunsun. Maybe I'm just slow(most likely...) but this is the first time I've seen this model :)
(Not allowed to post ebay links but it's $78.99 + $25 shipping($104 total)...
Forum: Equipment 12-08-2010, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By irbenson
You can get it for 138 here ...

You can get it for 138 here
http://kensfish.com/filstarcanisterfilters.html

But if you really want to get it more than $12 cheaper you'll probably need to buy used
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-07-2010, 02:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,609
Posted By irbenson
What is the easiest carpet plant to grow?

I'm thinking of making a tank with a carpet plant and bolbitis heudelotti in the back like this: http://aboutzoo.net/aquarium/lt/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/bolbitis_heudelotii.jpg

1) What is the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-05-2010, 06:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By irbenson
Is it a good idea to dedicate a 75g to RCS?

Or would it be sort of boring to look at because RCS stay small?
Would I be able to have any tankmates while still having population growth(maybe otos or corys? small schooling fish or guppies?)
Forum: Fish 12-05-2010, 01:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,750
Posted By irbenson
Would you be able to make a carpet(HC or dwarf...

Would you be able to make a carpet(HC or dwarf sag is what I want the most) with fish like geophagus? Won't they sift the substrate for food?
Forum: Fish 12-04-2010, 11:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,750
Posted By irbenson
lol this sucks :( how about some mass...

lol this sucks :(

how about some mass reproducing convict cichlids or honduran red points?
Forum: Fish 12-04-2010, 10:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,750
Posted By irbenson
i was actually considering a group of firemouths...

i was actually considering a group of firemouths before i decided to do plants. i don't mind plants attached to driftwood but i'm definitely looking for a "carpet" effect as well. will firemouths...
Forum: Fish 12-04-2010, 07:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,750
Posted By irbenson
peacock bass may work for others with larger...

peacock bass may work for others with larger tanks but i can't upgrade from a 75

i've seen dats in freshwater tanks before, i think they can adapt to diff. water conditions. aren't mollies...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-04-2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 715
Posted By irbenson
Are you sure they are clown loaches?

Are you sure they are clown loaches?
Forum: Fish 12-04-2010, 06:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,750
Posted By irbenson
Larger fish in a planted tank?

I've always wanted to try an oscar in a 75g planted tank with a nice foreground carpet...but I'm pretty sure it would uproot everything.
What about something like a green terror or a 5-6"...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 12-04-2010, 04:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 737
Posted By irbenson
Could I get a rough number in ppm? :D

Could I get a rough number in ppm? :D
Forum: DIY 12-04-2010, 02:07 AM
Replies: 2,314
Views: 359,020
Posted By irbenson
This stuff is insanely confusing Someone should...

This stuff is insanely confusing
Someone should make these and sell them for a little profit...I'd buy it :P
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