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Forum: Substrate   02-07-2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 439
Posted By ngrubich
I'll echo Doogy262 and discuspaul and say to go...

I'll echo Doogy262 and discuspaul and say to go with the pool filter sand. Be prepared to clean the PFS more frequently than you would other substrates, though, based on my experiences.
Forum: Tank Journals   01-07-2016, 01:44 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 21,834
Posted By ngrubich
I may have missed it somewhere in this thread,...

I may have missed it somewhere in this thread, but why did you decide to go with PVC for the plumbing in the back versus using something like a silicone tubing? IME, I've had good success with using...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-04-2016, 11:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,354
Posted By ngrubich
.......................... trying to do the right...

.......................... trying to do the right thing you say? DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT dump the fish into any body of water!!!!!!!
Since you are from Florida, I'm sure you are no stranger to...
Forum: Equipment   09-07-2015, 03:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By ngrubich
What size is the tank? With the tank being...

What size is the tank? With the tank being established for a while now, do you have a backup tank to go to while you're resealing the other tank?
Forum: Fish   09-01-2015, 12:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 706
Posted By ngrubich
I personally have never had a dwarf puffer jump....

I personally have never had a dwarf puffer jump. Granted, my tank was very densely planted so they could always zig-zag and get away from each other.
Forum: DIY   08-29-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By ngrubich
This ^. I did this with my [dwarf] water lettuce...

This ^. I did this with my [dwarf] water lettuce and it stayed very well.
Forum: Substrate   08-16-2015, 04:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By ngrubich
I use pool filter sand, but others have used play...

I use pool filter sand, but others have used play sand just fine. It will be a little more brown than pool filter sand, but it works the same.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-12-2015, 02:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By ngrubich
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t...

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=73098 Look under "Additional Rules," #15.
A select number of websites will be removed it you link them in any way. With that said, I know of...
Forum: Equipment   07-19-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 425
Posted By ngrubich
Do NOT use a razor blade on an acrylic tank!! ...

Do NOT use a razor blade on an acrylic tank!!

You can find acrylic Kent scrapers, acrylic-safe mag floats, or, speaking of handy, you can even use an old credit card. It may take a bit to get the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   07-01-2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By ngrubich
Pre-made will probably give you less headaches,...

Pre-made will probably give you less headaches, although the sodium bicarbonate could work reasonably if you're just using it to ensure pH meter functionality.

The borax buffer is good to use to...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   06-30-2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By ngrubich
It's been a few years since my undergrad Quant...

It's been a few years since my undergrad Quant course (one of the reasons why I went for organic synthesis in grad school), but my calculation gave me ~ pH 7.71.

The calculation gets fairly messy...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-31-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By ngrubich
If you use the super glue, just a reminder to use...

If you use the super glue, just a reminder to use the gel-type [as you already mentioned]. A couple little dabs on the rhizome will be fine (try not to cover the entire circumference at a particular...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-28-2015, 01:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 719
Posted By ngrubich
When I saw the title of this thread, I...

When I saw the title of this thread, I immediately thought of that scene from Scary Movie...

Another vote for the baking soda.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   04-23-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By ngrubich
IME, my dwarf water lettuce (not going to get...

IME, my dwarf water lettuce (not going to get into the "dwarf" debate) had the longest roots. With that said, the leaves up on the surface also got rather larger, ending up smothering smaller nearby...
Forum: Algae   03-11-2015, 12:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 363
Posted By ngrubich
The #1 thing I would do is include a control...

The #1 thing I would do is include a control group of just several test tubes (for each temperature point) filled with whatever water source you are using. Determine how much the pH is changing at...
Forum: Fish   03-10-2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By ngrubich
I had an issue with rasboras in my 90 gallon when...

I had an issue with rasboras in my 90 gallon when it was still set up. I had a shoal of them (~20-22) and would find one every so often away from the group just doing its own thing, then twitching,...
Forum: Algae   03-09-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 363
Posted By ngrubich
What are you using for a control? If it were me,...

What are you using for a control? If it were me, my control would be just a vessel of the water (from the same source) you are using for the other sample runs and by measuring the amount of pH change...
Forum: Lighting   03-05-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 869
Posted By ngrubich
+1. If anyone else is interested, here's a...

+1.

If anyone else is interested, here's a link:
http://info.gtilite.com/the-d50-daylight-myth/#.VPjjVMZ5dKo
Forum: Equipment   02-25-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 996
Posted By ngrubich
Bump to see if anyone else has an idea for a...

Bump to see if anyone else has an idea for a rimmed shallow cube before I make the jump. The 30 gallon is very tempting (although I can't find it anywhere for sale; didn't look too hard though), as...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-25-2015, 02:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 385
Posted By ngrubich
If you want the easiest way of tying moss to...

If you want the easiest way of tying moss to driftwood or rocks [IMO],

1) go to the grocery store, or similar store (Walmart, Target, etc.)
2) pick up a shower pouf (green would be a nice color,...
Forum: Fish   02-25-2015, 02:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By ngrubich
In the past, if I had a set of fish that weren't...

In the past, if I had a set of fish that weren't working in my tank for one reason or another I would take them to my LFS for credit (when I could get it) or for them to rehome for me. I see it as...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   02-24-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,460
Posted By ngrubich
IME, it all depends. When I was in grad school I...

IME, it all depends. When I was in grad school I would ship plants, etc. out of the campus' USPS post, mainly because of convenience but also because they never asked me what was in my packages. ...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions   02-24-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,460
Posted By ngrubich
I think the biggest gripe people have with USPS...

I think the biggest gripe people have with USPS [from what I've read on the forums] is their lack of consistency with everything aside from letters, bills :mad:(sorry, I couldn't resist :hihi:) and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-24-2015, 03:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,838
Posted By ngrubich
From what I have read in the past, this is true....

From what I have read in the past, this is true. However, there are slight variances in glass thicknesses between companies. IIRC, the Tetra tanks use slightly thinner glass than Aqueon. Granted the...
Forum: Algae   02-24-2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By ngrubich
As suggested by Raymond, you can do the whole...

As suggested by Raymond, you can do the whole antibiotic (erythromycin) route and see how that works.

What are your nitrates testing at? Another option is to:

1) manually siphon out as much as...
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