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Forum: DIY Yesterday, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 265
Posted By lochaber
ouch. I used to love collecting the little bits...

ouch. I used to love collecting the little bits of broken tempered glass as a kid.

I don't know the specifics, I'd have to google it, but there is a way to tell if glass is tempered using a pair...
Forum: DIY 09-16-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 265
Posted By lochaber
If you had to dispose of it, why not just break...

If you had to dispose of it, why not just break it, and then sweep up all the bits and put in a bucket? If nothing else it would be entertaining to watch it shatter.
Forum: DIY 09-16-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 538
Posted By lochaber
A real similar set up is used pretty often in...

A real similar set up is used pretty often in labs, so that fluid doesn't flow into a vacuum pump.

Also seen a similar portable set up used for catching bugs. think it was called something like a...
Forum: Equipment 09-16-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 143
Posted By lochaber
what's your project looking at? Do you just...

what's your project looking at?

Do you just need to control the environment, or are you comparing something at two different temps?

Biology can be pretty inexact, so a lot of times you can get...
Forum: Equipment 09-16-2014, 10:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 146
Posted By lochaber
Might be able to use epoxy putty, but that will...

Might be able to use epoxy putty, but that will be really difficult (impossible?) to remove later.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-16-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By lochaber
Instead of removing the glass, why not just set a...

Instead of removing the glass, why not just set a light on top of it? You could even use those cheap brooder reflecters with some CFLs, as long as they don't stick out.

Maybe try to find some of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-16-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By lochaber
Nerites work pretty great. my current tank has...

Nerites work pretty great. my current tank has been set up for the better part of a year, and most of the time 2 nerites kept the glass clean. I'm lazy, and I haven't cleaned it yet.

a little...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-16-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 234
Posted By lochaber
Also, if you want smaller pieces, you can...

Also, if you want smaller pieces, you can sometimes find small tiles for doing walls/counters/etc. at the big box stores. I think you have to buy an entire pack of like, 4 or 5 at once, but it's an...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-16-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By lochaber
My first thought was some sort of fungus, but...

My first thought was some sort of fungus, but what Diane mentioned seems to fit a bit better. Maybe it wasn't actually growing on the wood, but just a bit got tangled up on it in the wild, and then...
Forum: Fish 09-16-2014, 12:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By lochaber
I imagine something happened causing a sudden...

I imagine something happened causing a sudden imbalance/addition of nutrients or something. Dead critter seems the most likely thing, but is there any chance something like a drink or food (human or...
Forum: Substrate 09-16-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 224
Posted By lochaber
You might be able to set up little planters with...

You might be able to set up little planters with dirt pockets in them, so that way most of the substrate is completely diggable without making a mess, but the plants still get their nutrients.

Not...
Forum: Substrate 09-16-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 232
Posted By lochaber
I've been pretty happy with Miracle Grow Organic...

I've been pretty happy with Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix (MGOCPM) in a couple of smaller tanks, and haven't had any issues with anoxic pockets or smells or anything.

Doing that and...
Forum: Substrate 09-16-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By lochaber
I love MTS, but I'm generally pro-snail. I...

I love MTS, but I'm generally pro-snail.

I don't think mine burrow very deep, they seem to mostly churn around about 1/2 buried. They do great for mixing surface detritus into the substrate.
...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-16-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By lochaber
I tore down a tank about a year ago that was...

I tore down a tank about a year ago that was dirted flourite. I managed to recover pretty much all of the flourite by winnowing it with tank water when I did a water change.

There is some light...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-15-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 234
Posted By lochaber
You can probably get a single masonry bit for not...

You can probably get a single masonry bit for not too much. Or if you have a dremel, you could try using one of the grinding or diamond bits, but that would take a lot longer. Try to keep the spot...
Forum: Equipment 09-11-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 272
Posted By lochaber
I also think it's a bad idea. Not sure if it...

I also think it's a bad idea.

Not sure if it would actually cause problems with either one, but setting them up like that is creating a system where if there is a failure on any part, the whole...
Forum: Equipment 09-11-2014, 10:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 173
Posted By lochaber
does it have a bubble in it? I don't know...

does it have a bubble in it?

I don't know specifically how she did it, but when I was a chem TA, the lab manager would set aside any thermometers with bubbles, and then freeze them enough to get...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-11-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 736
Posted By lochaber
As to the cat fountain, if you have an extra pump...

As to the cat fountain, if you have an extra pump or HOB, you could probably rig up your own - most of the ones I've seen look like they are just an HOB aquarium filter mounted to a waterbowl.

As...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-11-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 138
Posted By lochaber
might have a bit of biofilm on the glass, and...

might have a bit of biofilm on the glass, and stirred up sand grains are sticking to that?

I've noticed films on my tanks when I drain them, even though they weren't visible while the tank was...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 09-11-2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 198
Posted By lochaber
I imagine it varies some from one type of wood to...

I imagine it varies some from one type of wood to another, but I've had several pieces of wood that were initially very light in color, and after a month or so in the tank darkened considerable.
...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-09-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By lochaber
Even if you're not in a coastal state, if there...

Even if you're not in a coastal state, if there is a body of water (lakes, rivers, ponds, etc. ) near you, it's worth checking.

I've found the satellite view from google maps to be pretty useful...
Forum: Substrate 09-09-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 341
Posted By lochaber
Some plants can draw their carbon from carbonates...

Some plants can draw their carbon from carbonates in the water, so those might be something to try.

I think vals were one of these types, but I'm not certain, and I don't know which other plants...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 09-09-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By lochaber
I've currently got a 10g with some crypts that...

I've currently got a 10g with some crypts that are doing ok, they are on a small terrace in the backcorner (maybe an extra inch or two higher then the rest of the substrate), and the leaves almost...
Forum: Aquascaping 09-05-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 464
Posted By lochaber
+1 to what PlantedRich said. Also, If you...

+1 to what PlantedRich said.

Also, If you cant scratch up the rock using a piece of steel (a nail, knife point, awl, whatever), then it's safe.

In addition to just providing more surface area...
Forum: DIY 09-04-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 748
Posted By lochaber
As to the stand with the 2x4?s attached to the...

As to the stand with the 2x4?s attached to the outside of the 4x4s, I think if you just stuck something on top, even some 1x6? so that it spanned the 4x4 and 2x4, That might help with the weight...
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