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Forum: Lighting   08-15-2014, 05:02 PM
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Posted By FSM
40 Breeder medium light - 2xT5HO or LED?

I'm trying to decide on what to get for this tank I've just set up. I'm considering either the Aquaticlife 2x39W T5HO which is about $100 but I'd like to do LED if an equivalent brightness can be had...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-12-2013, 10:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 243
Posted By FSM
Getting back in the hobby, looking for ideas

I got started with aquariums in about 8th grade, became completely obsessed for a few years but was pretty burnt out by the time I graduated. A year later and I'm itching to give it another go, but...
Forum: Photography   02-03-2012, 02:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,242
Posted By FSM
You don't need the latest DSLR to get great...

You don't need the latest DSLR to get great shots, and in fact with the stock camera kit alone your pics aren't going to be very good, simply because standard aquarium lighting isn't bright enough....
Forum: Photography   02-03-2012, 02:28 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,072
Posted By FSM
my flickr page:...

my flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/57242439@N07/

some highlights:

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6209/6033303896_5b8c8e80bf_b.jpg
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Forum: Tank Journals   11-15-2011, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1,899
Views: 204,835
Posted By FSM
How do you photograph your tank? My fish shots...

How do you photograph your tank? My fish shots are great because I use a flash above the tank, but FTS's always look terrible in comparison.
Forum: Tank Journals   11-12-2011, 06:24 PM
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Views: 49,731
Posted By FSM
10 pounds in 6 weeks? It's probably leaking ...

10 pounds in 6 weeks? It's probably leaking

^ Also that sounds like a diet plan
Forum: Tank Journals   07-12-2011, 02:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By FSM
Pics from a fellow club member's tanks

I thought you guys might enjoy these

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6026/5923980856_1339f9193f_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6030/5923980830_340f6bfbd9_b.jpg
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Forum: Equipment   05-20-2011, 01:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By FSM
If you are worried about using a garden hose, you...

If you are worried about using a garden hose, you can get drinking water safe hoses too. I found 50' 5/8 ID for $14 at walmart
Forum: Fish   05-04-2011, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,386
Posted By FSM
Colombian or serpae tetras eat plants?

Are either of these species known to eat plants?
Forum: Equipment   04-22-2011, 12:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,296
Posted By FSM
~600 GPH isn't anywhere near too much flow for...

~600 GPH isn't anywhere near too much flow for such a large tank
Forum: Lighting   04-17-2011, 07:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,659
Posted By FSM
high wattage CFLs are very inefficient compared...

high wattage CFLs are very inefficient compared to MH or regular fluorescent
Forum: Fish   03-27-2011, 11:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 795
Posted By FSM
Whiptail catfish with shrimp?

Are whiptail catfish (Rineloricaria) safe to keep with shrimp, or will they eat them?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-22-2011, 01:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,651
Posted By FSM
Are you doing that now? Why?

Are you doing that now? Why?
Forum: Equipment   03-22-2011, 01:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,416
Posted By FSM
Lack of a bubble counter has absolutely no impact...

Lack of a bubble counter has absolutely no impact on the necessity of a needle valve
Forum: Tank Journals   03-22-2011, 01:12 AM
Replies: 1,285
Views: 135,655
Posted By FSM
Change the shutter speed from 1/250 to 1/100 or...

Change the shutter speed from 1/250 to 1/100 or so and it will work out better

The tank looks awesome though
Forum: Equipment   03-08-2011, 02:10 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 91,049
Posted By FSM
I think you will need to replace the tubing, as...

I think you will need to replace the tubing, as the flimsy green corrugated hose will not seal properly if cut; only the smooth end portion will be suitable, but then you have several wasted feet of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-19-2011, 09:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 671
Posted By FSM
A drop checker works based off the KH pH CO2...

A drop checker works based off the KH pH CO2 relationship. Chart: http://www.rexgrigg.com/Algae1.html
If you try and use this relationship with a tank water sample, it will be skewed by unaccounted...
Forum: Lighting   01-19-2011, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By FSM
a single row of T8 bulbs will be pretty weak,...

a single row of T8 bulbs will be pretty weak, yes. Your dad is right about wattage, as efficiency varies greatly depending on type and reflector quality. For example, a 3 foot T5HO bulb is 39 watts,...
Forum: Equipment   01-19-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By FSM
Put a sponge on the intake. The intake grill on...

Put a sponge on the intake. The intake grill on any filter will inevitably get clogged in a planted tank, but putting a sponge over it will delay the process significantly.
Forum: Tank Journals   01-13-2011, 02:48 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,226
Posted By FSM
The white balance is off. Try out the various WB...

The white balance is off. Try out the various WB settings (sunlight, shade, cloudy, fluorescent, flash, etc). Daylight works fairly well for me.

ISO is the sensitivity, lower # = less sensitive,...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-12-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,775
Posted By FSM
The sump alone will work fine, but it sounds like...

The sump alone will work fine, but it sounds like the tank isn't drilled. That means the overflow will still rely on a siphon feed, which as you mentioned can fail. The system should not be able to...
Forum: Lighting   01-10-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 564
Posted By FSM
Standard fluorescent (2x20W T8) would work fine...

Standard fluorescent (2x20W T8) would work fine on such a shallow tank.
Forum: Equipment   01-08-2011, 10:05 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 91,049
Posted By FSM
Also, the included hose clamps are too big too...

Also, the included hose clamps are too big too actually function, so I replaced them. It seems to run very quietly though.

edit - included O rings don't stay in place, which keeps the hoses from...
Forum: Equipment   01-08-2011, 01:49 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 91,049
Posted By FSM
It's ridiculously difficult to get the red flow...

It's ridiculously difficult to get the red flow valves attached. The O rings are too large, so I'll have to replace them.
Forum: Equipment   01-02-2011, 09:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,319
Posted By FSM
Did you remove the trim from the tank, or was it...

Did you remove the trim from the tank, or was it designed to be rimless?


It looks like the room is carpeted, which means the carpet pad is soaked and is going to start to smell bad soon.
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