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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Today, 01:30 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By DaveK
It took me months to cure several large pieces of...

It took me months to cure several large pieces of mopani driftwood. It throws a lot of tannins. So what you see may not be that unusual.

If they are nice pieces, keep changing the water, although...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-22-2016, 01:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 365
Posted By DaveK
This is a much larger tank than what I was...

This is a much larger tank than what I was expecting.

In that case, you might want to consider larger fish. The smaller tetras and such look like little gems in a large tank, but they almost...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-21-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 365
Posted By DaveK
Let me put it this way. It's your tank. Put in it...

Let me put it this way. It's your tank. Put in it what you like. Everyone is different.

Just to give you some idea. My personal choice would be to choose about 3 or 4 main species and have a...
Forum: Lighting   09-19-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 126
Posted By DaveK
In a word, yes. I keep a couple of sheets...

In a word, yes.

I keep a couple of sheets around for use with my reef system, when I get new corals. In this case, I just put a sheet or two over the new coral area. This cuts the light back.
Forum: Equipment   09-19-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By DaveK
Your tank works out to about 90 gal. The Fx4 max...

Your tank works out to about 90 gal. The Fx4 max flow rate is about 700 gph, so you'd likely get enough water filtration. Once you put media in a filter that flow rate will drop.

If you feel you...
Forum: Equipment   09-19-2016, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By DaveK
I would go directly to pressurized CO2, rather...

I would go directly to pressurized CO2, rather than a generator. You have a fairly large tank, and it's asking a lot of a CO2 generator to supply the amount of CO2 you really would like to have.
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Forum: Equipment   09-19-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By DaveK
Even if the filter would "just fit" you still...

Even if the filter would "just fit" you still need several inches above it to connect the hoses.

The good thing about canister filters is you can just put them on the floor to the side or in back...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-19-2016, 11:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 632
Posted By DaveK
What might help is netting out all you can, and...

What might help is netting out all you can, and keeping it up for awhile. If you see one little duckweed it's got to go. At the same time run a surface skimmer to pull any from the surface. Something...
Forum: Lighting   09-19-2016, 12:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 126
Posted By DaveK
Sure there is. You can go to a store like Home...

Sure there is. You can go to a store like Home Depot and get translucent plastic sheets. They are in the lighting section and often used over bare fluorescent bulb installations to diffuse light....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-16-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 130
Posted By DaveK
Since it's a small tank, I'd just remove it from...

Since it's a small tank, I'd just remove it from the office while this is going on.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-15-2016, 11:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 209
Posted By DaveK
I'd say no. Even if the space is already...

I'd say no. Even if the space is already selected, there can be a lot of differences in tanks. Tanks of similar capacity can have very different shapes. Some people like bow fronts. Some like a...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2016, 11:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 209
Posted By DaveK
I have a similar set. I'm not sure if it's the...

I have a similar set. I'm not sure if it's the exact same one, but mine contains the same pieces. I suspect someone makes them in China and a lot of people are selling them at various prices.
Forum: Lighting   09-15-2016, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 96
Posted By DaveK
That's a good bit of light for a planted tank but...

That's a good bit of light for a planted tank but doable.

Planted tanks tend to use light in the 6500K to maybe 10000K color temp. Actinic blue bulbs are almost never used. This is quite a bit...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2016, 09:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 209
Posted By DaveK
I have found both straight and curved tweezers...

I have found both straight and curved tweezers useful. I like straight for inserting root tabs and when I want to go deep and straight down.

Why not buy a whole set of planting tools that has...
Forum: Equipment   09-15-2016, 12:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 125
Posted By DaveK
Ozone isn't really needed. In the aquarium hobby,...

Ozone isn't really needed. In the aquarium hobby, especially in SW, ozone seems to go in and out of style. Right now I'd say it's out of style and likely to stay that way.

Ozone does have some...
Forum: Equipment   09-14-2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By DaveK
You can use the cleaning solution. Just soak the...

You can use the cleaning solution. Just soak the probe for 10 - 15 min. Never ever try to scrub a probe on the bulb or the junction on the inside area. You can carefully scrub the plastic around the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-14-2016, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 209
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion your on the wrong track. Not...

In my opinion your on the wrong track. Not because of what you selected, but because your trying to buy something that is very specialized for some one that has very specific ideas about what they...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-14-2016, 06:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 420
Posted By DaveK
You could use the product, but I find it easier...

You could use the product, but I find it easier to just carry two buckets, and the load is more balanced.

Keep in mind that a 5 gal container of water weighs about 43 pounds. That's a lot to lug.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-13-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 263
Posted By DaveK
The pipe your looking at should be OK. If you...

The pipe your looking at should be OK. If you also want black PVC fittings you can find them here (offsite) - https://www.savko.com/collections/aquarium-parts-fittings BTW the same company also...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-13-2016, 12:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 303
Posted By DaveK
I don't care for bowfront tanks. I especially...

I don't care for bowfront tanks. I especially don't like the curved front because it distorts everthing if you try to vies the tank from off center. It's also a pain to clean that curved front glass,...
Forum: Equipment   09-09-2016, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 400
Posted By DaveK
Is there any specific reason why all three tanks...

Is there any specific reason why all three tanks need to be on the same filtration system?

I'm asking because building the sort of arrangement your looking at is a lot of work, and a lot of trial...
Forum: Equipment   09-09-2016, 02:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 335
Posted By DaveK
I'm nopt a big fan of sprays, as they get all...

I'm nopt a big fan of sprays, as they get all over the place. I perfer silicone grease as recommend by Leeatl. You might also be able to find it at an automotive part store or at a home improvement...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-09-2016, 02:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 89
Posted By DaveK
I looked at the specs of both lights your looking...

I looked at the specs of both lights your looking at. I like to be very carful about LED lighting because there are a lot of marginal products out there. On both of these products neither one seems...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-06-2016, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 184
Posted By DaveK
That's an interesting question, so I'm going to...

That's an interesting question, so I'm going to follow this thread.

This does sort of beg the question could you place the background behind the tank? That way you need not worry about the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-06-2016, 07:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 587
Posted By DaveK
This is more a question of personal choice, and...

This is more a question of personal choice, and what you want out of your tank. I prefer a balanced approach, but that's me. I wouldn't call someone that put fish first or someone that put plants...
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