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Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 11-21-2014, 11:23 AM
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Posted By Mxx
If you look at the spectral graphs for cool white...

If you look at the spectral graphs for cool white LED's, they have an output spike right in the blue range where plants can utilise that for photosynthesis. Warm white have a smaller spike within...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 11-21-2014, 12:04 AM
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Posted By Mxx
I put 6500K on my tank and it was rubbish and...

I put 6500K on my tank and it was rubbish and everything looked completely washed out. An equal mix of warm white and cool white is fine though (6500K and 3000K). Coloured lights such as red and blue...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-17-2014, 08:29 PM
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Posted By Mxx
I wouldn't imagine that commercial breeders use...

I wouldn't imagine that commercial breeders use RO water, but presumably locate in areas which have decent municipal water already, nor are they doing planted display tanks I suppose. I guess...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-17-2014, 11:50 AM
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Posted By Mxx
Thanks people! I have the space now to redo...

Thanks people!

I have the space now to redo a better display tank exactly as I want, and the focus fish would be tank reared wild discus strains, (several generations removed from the wild). I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-17-2014, 01:29 AM
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Views: 290
Posted By Mxx
Best RO Water Remineralization for Planted Tanks?

What do you advanced planted tank people tend to prefer for the BEST RODI water remineralization?

Seems most people use tap water rather than RO or mixed/cut tap and RP water, but my tap water...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 11-02-2014, 10:48 PM
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Posted By Mxx
I'm to keep the stock lighting but to add to it...

I'm to keep the stock lighting but to add to it with DIY LED's, so if I'm aiming for PAR 50 then I just wasn't sure how much I'd need to add to achieve that which is why I was hoping someone might...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 11-02-2014, 10:44 PM
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Posted By Mxx
How old is your test kit? They don't last very...

How old is your test kit? They don't last very long actually and the readings can be totally off if that is the case. I had a perplexing cycling experience resulting from exactly that!
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 10-17-2014, 02:41 PM
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Posted By Mxx
Has anyone measured the PAR at substrate level...

Has anyone measured the PAR at substrate level for the stock lighting of a 12 gallon edge?

(I had the 6 gallon version before but am upgrading to a 12 gallon version which I'm picking up tomorrow...
Forum: Substrate 08-18-2014, 07:20 AM
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Posted By Mxx
Thanks for the clarification Tom, I used the...

Thanks for the clarification Tom, I used the thermal method most recently to prepare an underlay of mineralized topsoil for my reef tank, which I then planted with some seagrasses including stargrass...
Forum: Lighting 06-14-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,101
Posted By Mxx
So, back to the O.P. then. What PAR are you...

So, back to the O.P. then. What PAR are you looking for? I thought 50 was plenty to grow anything, and if according to BML's charts you'd be getting 50-85 then what more are you really looking for in...
Forum: Lighting 06-12-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,101
Posted By Mxx
After corresponding myself with BuildmyLED who...

After corresponding myself with BuildmyLED who were very helpful, I determined that for the tank size I was proposing which was with that exact footprint and a height of 18", their XB series (Very...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-29-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 211
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Posted By Mxx
I think somebody misread something, it's not a...

I think somebody misread something, it's not a 125 gallon tank, according to the dimensions it seems to multiply out to about 628 gallons, which is a lot bigger than your bath! (Maybe just the sump...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-17-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,384
Posted By Mxx
You want unbaked clay by the way, pieces of clay...

You want unbaked clay by the way, pieces of clay pot aren't going to be of any benefit your soil.

I bought powdered red clay as well off the major auction site, which was easier to blend into the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-17-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,384
Posted By Mxx
I prefer the more rigid type as you know it's not...

I prefer the more rigid type as you know it's not going to move, pull out, or break if you're doing things like pulling out plants. I bought a few sheets of that and tiled them around the bottom with...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-12-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By Mxx
Great! The applesnail forum seemed to have quite...

Great! The applesnail forum seemed to have quite a few snail safe medications that could be used to clean and disinfect them. Makes me wonder how effective they are at treating whatever parasites...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Mxx
Actually I was just looking for a fish to turn...

Actually I was just looking for a fish to turn over the surface of the sand a bit. I appreciate that white sand can sometimes start to look a little green or brown when a bit of algae/bacteria/etc...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 05-12-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,384
Posted By Mxx
On top of the dirt add a half inch of sand, a...

On top of the dirt add a half inch of sand, a layer of rigid plastic knitting mesh, and then cap with another inch or two of sand.

That will keep the cichlids from rooting through the soil and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-12-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 432
Posted By Mxx
Geophagus or other fish to clean sand?

I'm looking for a smaller-size fish to turn over and keep the white foreground pool filter sand in a 135 gallon tank clean and pristine in appearance?

Are there any nice small species of...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 05-12-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By Mxx
Medicating and Quarantining Snails?

Is there a way to medicate snails which I want to add to my tank in a quarantine tank to 'clean' them, and with what medications?

I know snails can harbour and act as hosts to a number of...
Forum: Fish 04-26-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Mxx
A little hard to make sure without clearer pics,...

A little hard to make sure without clearer pics, but I'm pretty sure it's usually known as the Lochness Monster.
Forum: Plants 04-24-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 660
Posted By Mxx
I say make smoothies with it, and throw in a few...

I say make smoothies with it, and throw in a few shrimp as well for taste.
Forum: Substrate 03-25-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,079
Posted By Mxx
Depends... There are relationships between...

Depends...

There are relationships between speed and intensity of plant growth, how much food you put in, your lighting intensity, whether you are using CO2 or not, your fish stocking density,...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-22-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 701,713
Posted By Mxx
Is anyone running their edges without the HOB? I...

Is anyone running their edges without the HOB? I detest the noise the HOB makes, and I was going to redo my tank. Any proven ideas?

I was thinking of maybe a small tunze powerhead inside which is...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-22-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 701,713
Posted By Mxx
Cool tank! Can you share with us how you are...

Cool tank! Can you share with us how you are running this please? Lighting? Skimming? Filtration? Etc?
Forum: Substrate 03-02-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 1,061
Views: 172,090
Posted By Mxx
Actually I had been either writing with Tom Barr...

Actually I had been either writing with Tom Barr about it, or had been reading what he wrote about it. And he was the one that had recommended it as an alternative method. I figured he's trusty...
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