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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 01:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 200
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I bought a 28 gallon JBJ nano cube with stand and...

I bought a 28 gallon JBJ nano cube with stand and had them both shipped. No problems. Maybe a little different than buying a bare tank because the JBJ kit was already well packaged. If you're...
Forum: Equipment 02-07-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 155
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
Most flow control valves aren't designed to...

Most flow control valves aren't designed to completely shut off flow. If you try to tighten it to shut off flow you will likely damage the needle and the seat. Damaging the needle and seat causes...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-07-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
It is really quite simple: If your water is too...

It is really quite simple: If your water is too hard, the RO membrane doesn't pass clean water through as quickly and your membrane will not last as long.
You will still get good water while your...
Forum: Finnex / Schuber Wright 02-07-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,665
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
well I haven't been afraid to spend $$ on Ray 2s...

well I haven't been afraid to spend $$ on Ray 2s (I have eleven!)
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 02-07-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
Hard water can reduce the throughput (and so does...

Hard water can reduce the throughput (and so does low temperature). However, it will still make great water, it will just take a little longer.
We soften our water to increase RO output for a...
Forum: Finnex / Schuber Wright 02-07-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,665
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
Controller separate from the light fixture would...

Controller separate from the light fixture would be best. I'm not a fan of these "all in one" fixtures. One single controller should be able to control multiple light fixtures.
Sell the light...
Forum: Equipment 02-06-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I went with the RIO mini 50 ($18, Amazon). There...

I went with the RIO mini 50 ($18, Amazon). There doesn't seem to be many decent powered internal filters for small tanks.
I've been happy with the larger RIO pumps so we'll see.
I'll follow up if...
Forum: Equipment 02-04-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I have sponge filters on an air pump for several...

I have sponge filters on an air pump for several tanks. This one will be next to my couch and I don't want to hear it. I'm going the power head route in hopes of silent filtration.
The power head...
Forum: Equipment 02-04-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I'm in the same boat and I plan to use a small...

I'm in the same boat and I plan to use a small sponge filter connected to the input of a small power head.
Waiting to hear if these two from drsfostersmith.com are compatible: Item CD-960182 and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-31-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
If you don't mind paying for the CO2, leave it...

If you don't mind paying for the CO2, leave it on.
If you don't want to waste money on CO2, set it on a timer.

Measure pH every 15 or 20 minutes once CO2 comes on to determine how long it takes...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-29-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 487
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
Nice looking stand but I hope the back wall is...

Nice looking stand but I hope the back wall is strong. Otherwise I don't see much lateral stability in that stand.
I suppose if that middle shelf is secured, and not just resting, you'll gain some...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 01-20-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
For low dose quantity, I find a pipette is easier...

For low dose quantity, I find a pipette is easier than trying to count threads on the cap. Many test kits (iron, phos) come with a 0.5 ml pipette. I use the 0.5 ml pipette on my 20G low tech tanks...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 01-06-2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,748
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I have a single male betta that eliminated a pond...

I have a single male betta that eliminated a pond snail problem in a 20 gallon tank. I've since moved him to a 10 gallon tank to deal with pond snails in that tank.
I only have snail problems in...
Forum: Lighting 01-06-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
If you do choose the 16", make sure you find out...

If you do choose the 16", make sure you find out just how long the LED strip is.
On the daylight versions, the 16" has only 10.5" of LED.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-12-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I place my drop checker on the glass so that is...

I place my drop checker on the glass so that is doubles as a water change level marker.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 12-10-2013, 08:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,471
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I saw the TWO threads that probably led you to...

I saw the TWO threads that probably led you to starting this one.
In both cases I think you remained calmer than I would have.

You can bet there are many posters on this forum that read both...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-03-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 686
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
It also depends on how much CO2 you inject into...

It also depends on how much CO2 you inject into the filter. I run enough CO2 into my eheim 2217 to drop my pH from 7.2 to 6.5. If I crank the CO2 any higher I start to see bubbles in the filter...
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 532
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I use a tripp lite TLP74TG. $30 on amazon. Not...

I use a tripp lite TLP74TG. $30 on amazon. Not individually controlled outlets but two banks that can be individually controlled. I've had a few in service for about 9 months and I've been very...
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 595
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
If acrylic, you better be sure your glass cleaner...

If acrylic, you better be sure your glass cleaner won't damage the acrylic. Some of the cleaning agents will damage acrylic and make it cloudy.
Forum: Equipment 11-20-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
I have a planted 125 with pressurized CO2 and I...

I have a planted 125 with pressurized CO2 and I run two eheim 2217s. Both inputs are in the same location and both outputs are in the same location. Outputs are submerged so I have very little...
Forum: Equipment 11-13-2013, 03:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,019
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
For the smaller tanks, siphon into a bucket and...

For the smaller tanks, siphon into a bucket and then use the power head to empty the bucket.
Forum: Fish 08-19-2013, 09:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,304
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
From what I've seen, it is the females that...

From what I've seen, it is the females that become territorial. They can be clearly defined by the amount of black in their pelvic fins.
The problem becomes finding the males in the tank because...
Forum: Fish 08-08-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,638
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
Could be they need better hiding from the light. ...

Could be they need better hiding from the light. Now that I've moved to a fairly high light setup, I never see my otos when the lights are on. Not even under the leaves of plants. They are hidden...
Forum: Fish 08-02-2013, 02:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,304
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
See here: ...

See here:
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/cichlid/germanblueram.php
Forum: Equipment 07-16-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,133
Posted By PlantedTankRookie
A quick google search shows typical test pressure...

A quick google search shows typical test pressure of 3000 psi.
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