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Forum: DIY 12-19-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 196
Posted By lochaber
I've done a couple paludariums in the past using...

I've done a couple paludariums in the past using sheets of expanded polystyrene. Coated it with an epoxy/sand mixture, and It worked out fairly well.

I haven't tried the silicone mixed with...
Forum: Equipment 12-15-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 247
Posted By lochaber
Most file cabinets are pretty sturdy, and you can...

Most file cabinets are pretty sturdy, and you can generally take a lot more liberties with a tank of that size.

If the foot print of the tank is really similar to that of the file cabinet, you...
Forum: Fish 12-12-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 223
Posted By lochaber
I think silicone would work, but it would be a...

I think silicone would work, but it would be a pain to remove it later.

I've got an acrylic hex tank with a quasi-mattenfilter, and I am using acrylic angles (those wall corner protectors) to...
Forum: Substrate 12-11-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By lochaber
Do you already have fish in the tank? When...

Do you already have fish in the tank?

When I've done my dirted tanks, I planted them while completely empty, and just misted the plants and substrate to keep everything moist. (also had the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-11-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Posted By lochaber
I've never noticed an odor while fishless...

I've never noticed an odor while fishless cycling, but I just used straight ammonia, and I also had plants in when I started. Also, I have a really dull sense of smell... :/

If you don't have...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-11-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By lochaber
I'm a bit rusty on the actual numbers, but...

I'm a bit rusty on the actual numbers, but ammonia is more toxic at a higher pH, so your current critters might be doing okay because most of the ammonia is in the non-toxic form.

I'd still keep...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-10-2014, 01:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By lochaber
Using ferts for terrestrial plants can be a bit...

Using ferts for terrestrial plants can be a bit tricky, a lot of them contain ammonia, or urea (which gets processed into ammonia pretty rapidly.

How long have your DIY roottabs been in the tank?...
Forum: DIY 12-10-2014, 01:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,334
Posted By lochaber
Nice job, and great description/write up. You...

Nice job, and great description/write up. You make it look pretty simple.

I imagine if you wanted more light, you could easily double up these strips in each housing, but might have to add in a...
Forum: DIY 12-10-2014, 01:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By lochaber
well, this doesn't help your situation much, but...

well, this doesn't help your situation much, but I'm sorta glad I'm not the only person who finds this a bit strange and confusing...

:)

Anyways, the only other thing I could think of is maybe...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-10-2014, 01:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By lochaber
I think a lot of times critters that small can...

I think a lot of times critters that small can dry up before they decay enough to produce a noticeable smell. Especially with dry, heated winter air.

So, not much help, but I think it's...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-10-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By lochaber
That's good to hear about the weight/density,...

That's good to hear about the weight/density, silicates tend to be a bit denser then carbonates, so that's a good sign.

I thought there might be some banding in it, so I was hoping it's...
Forum: Substrate 12-10-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By lochaber
Hmm... Do you already own this, or are you...

Hmm...

Do you already own this, or are you thinking about getting it?

The perlite may cause problems, but I think the vermiculite will be fine as long as you cap it well. It also depends how...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 12-10-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 573
Posted By lochaber
That seems like a really high evaporation rate. ...

That seems like a really high evaporation rate. Dry, heated winter air?

Maybe doing something about the humidity in your house/room might help.

If you have time before hand, maybe try...
Forum: DIY 12-08-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By lochaber
huh. That's rather strange. I've painted a...

huh. That's rather strange.

I've painted a couple tank backs with a sample-size latex I got from either Home Depot or Lowe's (can't remember which...)

Mine looks pretty much the same inside...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-08-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By lochaber
When you tried scratching it with a nail, were...

When you tried scratching it with a nail, were you able to produce rock dust and a groove? or did you just get a shiny/metallic/black mark?

Of hand, I'd suspect it of being some sort of gneiss,...
Forum: Substrate 12-08-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By lochaber
I haven't tried it, but a lot of the ferts are...

I haven't tried it, but a lot of the ferts are water soluble, and will depress the freezing point (like how people put salt on roads/sidewalks to melt ice), so depending on what you are putting in,...
Forum: Substrate 12-08-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 430
Posted By lochaber
I've done MGCOPM tanks, both sifted and out of...

I've done MGCOPM tanks, both sifted and out of the bag. The main difference I noticed was that in the unsifted (out of the bag) tank, after a couple months, I started noticing chunks of wood/bark...
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 12-04-2014, 12:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 182
Posted By lochaber
I wouldn't put ferts on the leaves of terrestrial...

I wouldn't put ferts on the leaves of terrestrial plants, I don't think they can absorb anything that way, and worst-case scenario, once it starts to die, the ferts may actually damage the leaf...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 12-02-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Posted By lochaber
Everyone else up above pretty much covered it...

Everyone else up above pretty much covered it already, but the carbon in charcoal is really inert. Charcoal sticks around in the wilderness much longer then wood or other organic carbon sources, and...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-02-2014, 12:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By lochaber
If you are just concerned with waterlogging the...

If you are just concerned with waterlogging the wood, you don't need to do any water changes.

If you are also trying to leach out the tannins, then just do a water change when the water gets dark,...
Forum: DIY 12-01-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By lochaber
I haven't used krylon submerged, but I had heard...

I haven't used krylon submerged, but I had heard that you were supposed to let it cure for something like 7 days before submerging it, so that might make a difference.

Supposedly it chemically...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-01-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By lochaber
For trying to clean in-tank, about the only thing...

For trying to clean in-tank, about the only thing I can think of off-hand is to connect a brush to a siphon, and try and suck up the water as you scrub the rock.

Maybe something as simple as a...
Forum: Substrate 12-01-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,532
Posted By lochaber
Sorry to hear about all the trouble this has...

Sorry to hear about all the trouble this has caused, but thanks for letting us know what was going on and posting pics.

I imagine you might want to start over with different substrate, maybe no...
Forum: DIY 11-26-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By lochaber
Removing it would be a ridiculous amount of work,...

Removing it would be a ridiculous amount of work, but you could pick up some aquarium-safe black silicone and smear that over the back of the tank...
Forum: Fish 11-26-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 771
Posted By lochaber
Another vote for the clown killies. I've...

Another vote for the clown killies.

I've found them to be really active and interesting fish, and stay at the top ~90% of the time, although I'd occasionally find one chilling at the bottom for a...
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