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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-18-2016, 07:55 AM
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Yeah a native biotope tank with fish only would...

Yeah a native biotope tank with fish only would only be expensive with the chiller keeping the water cold. Otherwise the only price difference would be the addition of salt


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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-18-2016, 03:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 819
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Fwiw, my sps dominant reef tank has been a touch...

Fwiw, my sps dominant reef tank has been a touch more expensive to set up and stock (well...a lot more expensive), but it's infinitely easier to maintain with success than my planted tank has been. ...
Forum: Equipment   06-30-2016, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
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A reactor will indeed slow down your canister...

A reactor will indeed slow down your canister filter a bit. But I just used a spare Bulk Reef Supply GFO reactor I had laying around. Removed the sponges and just run it in reverse. It's...
Forum: Equipment   06-30-2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
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Also went with a reactor. First time mine...

Also went with a reactor. First time mine appeared to need cleaning I thought to myself "well this is one bit of maintenance I don't care to ever do" and immediately built the reactor. No more...
Forum: Equipment   06-29-2016, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
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I hadn't considered one of those but I definitely...

I hadn't considered one of those but I definitely will when I run out of nylons. Thanks for the recommendations guys. I'm betting the people who have leaky seal complaints either have faulty...
Forum: Equipment   06-29-2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
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Crush washers

Can someone post or PM a link to some decent crush washers I can order? I'm down to my last one and these came with the regulator. What have you ordered that has worked well? I seem to read...
Forum: Equipment   05-08-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 581
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A gyre is a good motion if it spans the length of...

A gyre is a good motion if it spans the length of the tank. Vortechs unfortunately are better at choppy, wide, turbulence rather than raw thrust. That's why I got rid of them on my Reef tank. Some...
Forum: Equipment   04-28-2016, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 284
Posted By bpb
If youre replacing the needle valve, solenoid,...

If youre replacing the needle valve, solenoid, and accessory fittings...it would run you less than $100 to just tack on a nice dual stage regulator body and have a full custom job. You can sell that...
Forum: Equipment   04-28-2016, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
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How dare you lowball! Man that's a sweet haul....

How dare you lowball! Man that's a sweet haul. You going to build and sell or do you intend to use them all?


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Forum: Equipment   04-28-2016, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 581
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Any qc issues with vortechs have been ironed out...

Any qc issues with vortechs have been ironed out years ago and they're generally some of the highest quality propeller pumps on the market. Once you start getting up in the Rolls Royce category of...
Forum: Tank Journals   04-13-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 52,261
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Ah the purple + is what I'm seeing. I've got an...

Ah the purple + is what I'm seeing. I've got an extra one of those laying around I've always wanted to give it a try. I think I will


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Forum: Tank Journals   04-13-2016, 01:37 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 52,261
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What's that bulb combo you're running now. Looks...

What's that bulb combo you're running now. Looks like a blue/actinic bulb in there


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Forum: Equipment   04-11-2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,229
Posted By bpb
Depends how big the tank is. If your water...

Depends how big the tank is. If your water pressure is within the ideal operating range for the unit, most will function at 75-150 gallons per day


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Forum: Equipment   04-11-2016, 02:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
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I would say calibrate it to whatever known set...

I would say calibrate it to whatever known set point is closest to your testing range. Even a high end refractometer calibrated to 35 ppt will read a couple points off if you test distilled water. ...
Forum: Equipment   04-10-2016, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By bpb
Refractometer. Get calibration solution as well....

Refractometer. Get calibration solution as well. Once you start putting salt in the water it's an incredibly important tool to have


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Forum: Equipment   04-10-2016, 09:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,229
Posted By bpb
Spectrapure vote here. Mine has been working...

Spectrapure vote here. Mine has been working flawlessly without a single hiccup for well over 5 years now. Really well built. Regular filter replacements and it'll last a long long time.

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Forum: Lighting   04-09-2016, 05:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By bpb
Growing things and lighting a road are very a...

Growing things and lighting a road are very a little different. Not trying to start the debate here but the application is not the same.


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Forum: Lighting   04-08-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By bpb
If you were talking about keeping sps corals in a...

If you were talking about keeping sps corals in a reef tank. I would say go with a quality metal halide or an ATI sunpower t5ho fixture. But alas...we are not. While those metal halides are cheap,...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-08-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By bpb
The absolute easiest way to correct whacky tap...

The absolute easiest way to correct whacky tap water values is to blend it with RODI water until you find the perfect set and remember your blend. Easy as that. For me my tap water comes out at 24...
Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By bpb
I'll have to give this one a think. Lots of fish...

I'll have to give this one a think. Lots of fish in the tank and I don't know a single person who could take them. And no LFS that takes in fish.


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Forum: Substrate   02-04-2016, 04:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By bpb
Need some ideas on fixing substrate

Hey folks. Without getting too much into my current tank I want some thoughts on substrate. I currently use black Caribsea Floramax. I'm very happy with it. Unfortunately I have a not so nice...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-28-2016, 04:02 PM
Replies: 413
Views: 68,152
Posted By bpb
Followed this thread a while now too. I'm most...

Followed this thread a while now too. I'm most amazed at how pristine and spotless everything manages to stay. That's something a lot of people only dream of managing.


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Forum: Plants   12-24-2015, 04:22 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,912
Posted By bpb
This nitrate test kit is decent enough. Fairly...

This nitrate test kit is decent enough. Fairly bottom of the barrel even by hobbyist standards, for above mentioned reasons of poor low resolution and difficult to discern colors in the 40-80 ppm...
Forum: Plants   12-22-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,912
Posted By bpb
Yes it's the Api master kit. But I've been able...

Yes it's the Api master kit. But I've been able to get readings lower than 20. The color chart is kind of bogus though as 2-3 colors look the same


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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-22-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,516
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