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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Today, 04:16 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By DaveK
When you move a tank with "a little bit of water"...

When you move a tank with "a little bit of water" and the substrata, it's very easy for the substrata to shift. Just carrying it and getting it a little off level can really turn over the bottom, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Yesterday, 08:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 217
Posted By DaveK
How many and what size tanks are we talking...

How many and what size tanks are we talking about?
How long is the move?
Forum: Lighting   02-19-2017, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 202
Posted By DaveK
This is the big reason I don't like clip on...

This is the big reason I don't like clip on fixtures. they can fall into the tank way too easily.

As for saving it. You might be able to disassemble it, dry it all out inside, out it back...
Forum: Lighting   02-19-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 75
Posted By DaveK
I'd say it was about as good as your going to get...

I'd say it was about as good as your going to get unless you want to upgrade the entire fixture to T5s or LEDs.

The downside to T8 is that you sometimes don't get the bulb selection that you can...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-18-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By DaveK
Don't let these initial plumbing problems get you...

Don't let these initial plumbing problems get you down.Consider it part of the learning experience. The first time I did a big plumbing project on one of my tanks I had my share of similar problems. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-16-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By DaveK
You can not run an overflow as a siphon unless...

You can not run an overflow as a siphon unless you use additional means to prevent the siphon from running dry and to prevent the return pump from over filling the tank. One way or another, this will...
Forum: Lighting   02-15-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By DaveK
You'll notice one thing about this. As you go...

You'll notice one thing about this. As you go down your list, each fixture costs more money. As you get into the PRO+ it generally can put out more light and lets you do more with the settings, and...
Forum: Equipment   02-15-2017, 01:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 562
Posted By DaveK
After finding a lot of "4 dKH solutions" to be...

After finding a lot of "4 dKH solutions" to be way off, I've going with mixing it myself. You'll find that if you mix it once, you'll get a amount that will last for months or even years.

It's...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-15-2017, 02:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By DaveK
When you construct overflows, the best thing to...

When you construct overflows, the best thing to do is to run each one directly to the sump There are a number of ways you can construct the overflows. Usually the best way is to drill the tank. If...
Forum: Equipment   02-12-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By DaveK
When you are considering a pH controller, first...

When you are considering a pH controller, first be sure you really need it. As you can see, it's going to cost quite a bit of money. Yo give you an idea, I use pressurized CO2 on my 90 gal tank, and...
Forum: Lighting   02-12-2017, 03:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By DaveK
There are a lot of excellent options that would...

There are a lot of excellent options that would light up your tank very well. Just about any of them would work fine. You could use T12's, T8's or T5's or power compacts among the fluorescent...
Forum: Lighting   02-11-2017, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By DaveK
Stuff like that needs to be done carefully. What...

Stuff like that needs to be done carefully. What you do is propose a big, expensive SW reef. Then you back off and come up with the smaller, modest price planted tank, and everyone is happy. (grin,...
Forum: Lighting   02-11-2017, 02:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 97
Posted By DaveK
You could use the light, but the ends of the tank...

You could use the light, but the ends of the tank are going to look very dim. To some people this doesn't matter and they plant low light plants there. For myself, I can't stand those dim ends and...
Forum: Lighting   02-10-2017, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By DaveK
The only thing I own that compared to this is the...

The only thing I own that compared to this is the AI Hydra 52s that I have on my 125 gal reef system. I'm not sure how applicable this is, but if we work through the math it looks like this.

A...
Forum: Lighting   02-09-2017, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By DaveK
What you should be able to do is dial the light...

What you should be able to do is dial the light back even further. That's one of the nice things about it. If it's still too much, a piece of white translucent plastic will gut it back even more. You...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-08-2017, 09:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 965
Posted By DaveK
Something you might consider is look at the...

Something you might consider is look at the following web page (offsite) - Standard Aquarium Dimensions Chart and Dimensions to Gallons Calculator (http://www.aquariumdimensions.com/) and see if any...
Forum: Lighting   02-08-2017, 01:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By DaveK
That's how I got two of them on my 90. Good...

That's how I got two of them on my 90. Good light, and bright enough, but like all LED fixtures the light wants to go straight down, and this leaves dark areas in the top of the tank.
Forum: Lighting   02-08-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By DaveK
Be a little careful if your shopping for a...

Be a little careful if your shopping for a Ecotech Radion XR15FW. While the XR15 Pro, usually used on reef systems, is generally available, the XR25FW is not listed or is listed as discontinued on...
Forum: Lighting   02-08-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By DaveK
I think any of the lights your looking at would...

I think any of the lights your looking at would work well. I don't thing your going to go too far wrong here.

One thing to keep in mind here is that most people will highly recommend the lighting...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-08-2017, 04:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By DaveK
That sounds typical. It's a lot of dried food...

That sounds typical. It's a lot of dried food though, you might want to get some good frozen foods.

If you want to get involved in the work, you could consider setting up a white worm culture, and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   02-08-2017, 04:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By DaveK
The conversion of ppm to dkg or dgh was covered...

The conversion of ppm to dkg or dgh was covered in an old thread, see this - http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/11-fertilizers-water-parameters/36197-converting-gh-ppm-dgh.html

Note that the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-07-2017, 11:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By DaveK
Do you have any other fish in the tank? It would...

Do you have any other fish in the tank? It would seem unusual for cardinals and rummynose tetras to be eating your plants, especially when you consider how many people keep these fish in their tanks...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-04-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 965
Posted By DaveK
The 3 tank system looks nice on paper, but you...

The 3 tank system looks nice on paper, but you will be creating a maintenance nightmare. On a 350 gal reef system the complexity is somewhat necessary. Your going to need a lot of flow, and you want...
Forum: Equipment   02-02-2017, 09:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 222
Posted By DaveK
In looking at your video, it seems there is air...

In looking at your video, it seems there is air coming out of the return pipes.

This almost always means there is a leak on the intake side of the canister filter. You may not see any water...
Forum: Equipment   02-02-2017, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 234
Posted By DaveK
If they are older AC 70's it might be worth...

If they are older AC 70's it might be worth getting a couple of new impellers to hopefully keep some of the noise down.
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