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Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 08:16 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By bpb
Agreed. I wouldn't do another planted tank...

Agreed. I wouldn't do another planted tank without co2. Period. Been on both sides of the fence. The grass truely is greener...and redder so to speak. Co2 injection can actually enable you to...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 01:45 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By bpb
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If this is you, you should probably pass on the co2


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Forum: Equipment 07-31-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 550
Posted By bpb
If you're in a financial situation to where...

If you're in a financial situation to where spending $140 won't effect your standard of living then absolutely, but get a real co2 system not a paintball one. Or did you mea fish food? Serious...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-31-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 18,339
Posted By bpb
I cannot imagine keeping lily pipes like that...

I cannot imagine keeping lily pipes like that clean. outstanding pictures
Forum: Tank Journals 07-31-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,251
Posted By bpb
Loving that driftwood. And i'm not usually much...

Loving that driftwood. And i'm not usually much on hardscape. Well done. That's a nice looking angel
Forum: Tank Journals 07-31-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,197
Posted By bpb
3 months on 24oz?!?!? On a 120?? Man what's...

3 months on 24oz?!?!? On a 120?? Man what's your secret. I can EASILY blast through a 10# tank in 6 months on my 75 gallon.
Forum: Tank Journals 07-31-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,303
Posted By bpb
Did a little trimming and replanting the other...

Did a little trimming and replanting the other day. Tough to get daytime shots due to window glare
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Have a bit of an...
Forum: Substrate 07-31-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,279
Posted By bpb
If you're using tap water you'd want to know the...

If you're using tap water you'd want to know the calcium and magnesium content. The purpose of the dolomite is to provide those trace elements, not necessarily just to elevate ph. Are you injecting...
Forum: Substrate 07-31-2015, 05:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,279
Posted By bpb
If you have the time and the space, mineralized...

If you have the time and the space, mineralized topsoil with the correct additives is your best bet i personally think. Miracle gro is alright but I'm having to dose EI in more than the recommended...
Forum: Substrate 07-31-2015, 05:08 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,279
Posted By bpb
If you have the time and the space, mineralized...

If you have the time and the space, mineralized topsoil with the correct additives is your best bet i personally think. Miracle gro is alright but I'm having to dose EI in more than the recommended...
Forum: Substrate 07-31-2015, 04:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,279
Posted By bpb
Most people are recommending you go to the local...

Most people are recommending you go to the local hardware store and pick up literally the cheapest bag labeled topsoil. Here in this area of Texas at Home Depot it's called "Earth Grow Topsoil" and...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-31-2015, 02:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,303
Posted By bpb
Good to know. I was unaware of all that. This...

Good to know. I was unaware of all that. This is a fairly reputable welding shop here in town. Probably the largest in the Brazos valley. I understand 800 psi to be an acceptable full pressure (now...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-30-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,303
Posted By bpb
BPB's 75 gallon medium/low tech planted

Got a 20# co2 tank filled and installed today. If nothing else this will help me keep track on how long it lasts. Happy they actually filled it sufficiently this time. They normally only fill to...
Forum: Substrate 07-30-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 456
Posted By bpb
The miracle grow becomes mineralized over time in...

The miracle grow becomes mineralized over time in the tank as it decays. Sure this takes a few months, but i think too often people want immediate results. I'be actually done two batches of MTS and...
Forum: Lighting 07-29-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By bpb
Also...BuildmyLED is not a DIY site like rapidled...

Also...BuildmyLED is not a DIY site like rapidled where you buy all the components and mount a naked monstrosity with bare wires. They sell actual fixtures. The name of the company eludes to the...
Forum: Lighting 07-29-2015, 04:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By bpb
I'd personally go with two of the BuildmyLED 48"...

I'd personally go with two of the BuildmyLED 48" Dutch layout strips. Non XB. If run without dimmers and just on/off at 100% you're still in high light co2 injection territory, but still inside...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-29-2015, 12:44 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,303
Posted By bpb
Drew! Thanks for the comments man. Ever since...

Drew! Thanks for the comments man. Ever since I got everything dialed in the tank seems to show daily improvement. Did some more trimming today. To try and fill out the front to back sloping...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-28-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,303
Posted By bpb
Truthfully it's hard to tell to be honest. I...

Truthfully it's hard to tell to be honest. I replaced all my old substrate, tossed 95% of my plant mass, and my filter started acting up. I also changed from an inline atomizer to a cerges reactor...
Forum: Substrate 07-28-2015, 04:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,279
Posted By bpb
The dolomite isn't just to raise ph. It is a...

The dolomite isn't just to raise ph. It is a calcium and magnesium source for the plants. Vital trace elements that will cause problems if there is a deficiency


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Forum: Substrate 07-27-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,279
Posted By bpb
I did not mineralize it. Just went straight in. ...

I did not mineralize it. Just went straight in. I capped mine with 3" of floramax. To be totally honest all it did at first was cause a boatload of algae which was difficult to tackle but now a...
Forum: Equipment 07-27-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By bpb
GLA DOES have dual stage regulators but they're...

GLA DOES have dual stage regulators but they're in the $600 neighborhood as well. The one you linked is a brass single stage unit, similar to the Milwaukee, though with a better solenoid/needle...
Forum: Substrate 07-27-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By bpb
It will likely raise the KH some. Don't know...

It will likely raise the KH some. Don't know about the GH. I don't have a test kit for that. I use RODI water with GH booster on my tank with floramax and I typically get 6-8 dKH readings on my...
Forum: Substrate 07-27-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,279
Posted By bpb
Lots of good advice here. The topsoil will vary...

Lots of good advice here. The topsoil will vary regionally. When I purchased and used that particular topsoil for previous attempts, it was nothing but ultra fine clay sand and pine bark. Never...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-27-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 8,659
Posted By bpb
I agree whole heartedly with the jumbo fish...

I agree whole heartedly with the jumbo fish sentiment. That is the thing that jumps out at me the most when going to public aquariums with 10,000 gallon plus displays. The size that these fish get...
Forum: Equipment 07-27-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 207
Posted By bpb
Yes algae will grow with low light Sent...

Yes algae will grow with low light


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