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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 12:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 239
Posted By DaveK
I would tend to place the probes and the dosing...

I would tend to place the probes and the dosing connections on the return plumbing from your filter. The probes because you don't want them all gunked up from any big dirt sucked in and the dosing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By DaveK
While the risk would tend to be low, consider...

While the risk would tend to be low, consider that many medications that actually work will also be very hard on live plants. It's best to quarantine them. Of course if it's not going to be a planted...
Forum: Equipment 08-25-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By DaveK
One of the big advantages of Eheim is that you...

One of the big advantages of Eheim is that you can easily obtain just about any replacement part your need. Here is the page for the filter your looking at (offsite) - ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-25-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 313
Posted By DaveK
It is possible to salvage glass this way, but...

It is possible to salvage glass this way, but it's a lot of work, and doesn't really seem worth it for most applications, especially, on a smaller tank, when a new tank can often be found at the $1...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-23-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By DaveK
Mopani driftwood is unmistakable. It's extremely...

Mopani driftwood is unmistakable. It's extremely heavy and sinks in water. It also has extreme light and dark areas in the wood. It will also throw off a massive amount of tanins when new, so it...
Forum: Lighting 08-23-2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By DaveK
If you have a normal (non-ADA) 20 gal tank I...

If you have a normal (non-ADA) 20 gal tank I can't really see spending the additional money to get a lighting fixture that cost a lot more money just because it comes with ADAs name on it, and then...
Forum: Equipment 08-22-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By DaveK
About the only consideration is that a sump can...

About the only consideration is that a sump can cause some CO2 loss. This is easily corrected by increasing the amount of CO2 your using.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-21-2015, 12:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 421
Posted By DaveK
Once the fish get to recognize you as the food...

Once the fish get to recognize you as the food supply, they will flock to you. Until that time you are this big huge object that is likely to eat them, so they run.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-20-2015, 04:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By DaveK
It's quite possible to do this, and sure the...

It's quite possible to do this, and sure the plants will grow just fine.

However, the tank is going to look strange to the "non-believers" (non aquarium people).

I would add a few fish of one...
Forum: Equipment 08-19-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By DaveK
To answer your specific question, you can get a...

To answer your specific question, you can get a CO2 test kit. Here is one example (offsite) - http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/carbon-dioxide-test-kit-lamotte.html

However, as you can see it's...
Forum: Lighting 08-19-2015, 01:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By DaveK
I'm wondering if there would be much of a market...

I'm wondering if there would be much of a market for such a product. The system you mention typically get used for SW reef systems, even with the stock lighting. LED lighting is often done as an...
Forum: Equipment 08-16-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 388
Posted By DaveK
The simple solution here is to consider a...

The simple solution here is to consider a different location for the tank.

Note that all the solutions that could be used to keep the tank in it's current location are going to involve various...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-16-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,277
Posted By DaveK
You can use a pump such as an Aqua Lifter Pump....

You can use a pump such as an Aqua Lifter Pump. See it here (offsite) - Amazon.com : TOM Aquarium Aqua Lifter Pump 3.5gph flow rate to 30 inches height : Aquarium Filters : Pet Supplies

If your...
Forum: Lighting 08-16-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By DaveK
I have used metal halides on planted tanks. Like...

I have used metal halides on planted tanks. Like any other lighting, they have their good and bad points.

The good -

You do get a lot of light out of them.
You can repair them with off the...
Forum: Lighting 08-15-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By DaveK
If money were no object, I would use about 4 or 5...

If money were no object, I would use about 4 or 5 of the EcoTech Marine Radion XR15 FW fixtures. This sort of LED lighting can do a lot of great tricks and each individual fixture can be set for it's...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-15-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,277
Posted By DaveK
Once you break the siphon, you create a flood....

Once you break the siphon, you create a flood. It's a lot easier than you think. Any air getting insider will get trapped. The size of the bridge generally prevents any bubbles from flowing through....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-15-2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 372
Posted By DaveK
You have a nice tank, but it's not going to sell...

You have a nice tank, but it's not going to sell for much.

For the little you'll get, you might be better giving it away. Perhaps, make the deal where they come and get it, and do the tear down...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-15-2015, 03:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By DaveK
It's likely safe, but I would soak it in a bucket...

It's likely safe, but I would soak it in a bucket for a few days first. It may throw off a lot of tannins.

I one got some x-large mopani driftwood. It looked great but took about 2 1/2 months of...
Forum: Equipment 08-15-2015, 03:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 127
Posted By DaveK
I also have a 90 gal planted tank, and like you I...

I also have a 90 gal planted tank, and like you I have installed a small powerhead near the top of the tank.

Further down, toward the bottom, I installed a small JBL wavemaker system. See it here...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-15-2015, 02:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,277
Posted By DaveK
I know others suggested this arrangement, but...

I know others suggested this arrangement, but it's got one big flaw. If the bridge ever fails you will have a major flood on your hands. Consider too how this will be in a 4 yr old's room and how at...
Forum: Lighting 08-13-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By DaveK
You already bought the fixture, if you had not,...

You already bought the fixture, if you had not, I'd have recommended two 36" long fixtures, and that you suspend them.

The think that keeps me from using EI dosing is that it requires a 50% water...
Forum: Equipment 08-13-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By DaveK
These are sufrace mounted LEDs. Individual LEDs...

These are sufrace mounted LEDs. Individual LEDs are almost impossible to replace. You would need to replace the whole section of the strip. It looks like the strip is connected to the strips on each...
Forum: Equipment 08-13-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By DaveK
You can pick up a Fabco NV-55 valve for under...

You can pick up a Fabco NV-55 valve for under $25. See this link (offsite) - http://store.fabco-air.com/proddetail.php?prod=NV-55

Note that the threaded holes are 10x32, so you'll need to get that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-13-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 178
Posted By DaveK
Just a though, well water can be very low in...

Just a though, well water can be very low in oxygen. You might want to draw it the day before and pit an air stone or powerhead in it overnight.

Fry are a lot more delicate, so it doesn't take...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 08-13-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 761
Posted By DaveK
Since this is a classroom tank, not planted, and...

Since this is a classroom tank, not planted, and you don't want to make any big investment in the tank, your choices are limited.

I'd go with the traditional fish tank approach. Under gravel...
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