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Forum: Tank Journals   04-21-2016, 01:13 PM
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Views: 14,401
Posted By Mxx
Dope build, and love the real techie-type tank...

Dope build, and love the real techie-type tank projects! Nice to see someone doing things properly to ensure everything is as reasonable to maintain as possible, including not having to be sloshing...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-24-2016, 11:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By Mxx
Yes, I'd been following that thread as well....

Yes, I'd been following that thread as well. Depends on ones goals I suppose. I like highly realistic colour rendition personally, and I'd be happy to compromise on PAR efficiency to a certain degree...
Forum: Plants   02-24-2016, 09:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Mxx
Thanks. After listening to advice and...

Thanks. After listening to advice and researching, I've concluded that... I need a much bigger tank.
: )
- One in which I can try growing a cluster of every one of those species so that I could...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-24-2016, 09:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By Mxx
I was thinking the same thing about aquarists...

I was thinking the same thing about aquarists being high maintenance customers!

I was a little surprised to see how well the SolarMax replicates the spectrum of natural sunlight and achieves a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-24-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By Mxx
That's a nasty shock to discover for you. I found...

That's a nasty shock to discover for you. I found out just last week and dropped in an order in time. You could still look at their Solar Max series on the horticultural side of the website, as I...
Forum: Plants   02-24-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Mxx
I'd never much kept stem plants so this is an...

I'd never much kept stem plants so this is an entirely new area for me with much to learn. When you say weedy, do you mean that it grows very quickly and invasively, (or just starts looking stringy...
Forum: Plants   02-24-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Mxx
Rotala is demanding in what sense? Of constantly...

Rotala is demanding in what sense? Of constantly needing to be trimmed and replanted to look decent? Or as in particular in terms of requirements to grow it?

And with L.aromatica, when you say...
Forum: Plants   02-24-2016, 12:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Mxx
Low maintenance stem plants??

Does anyone know (or have a list) of what stem plants do not need regular topping and replanting to stay looking good?

I recall seeing a comment by Tom Barr somewhere that he doesn't have to do...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-08-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,668
Posted By Mxx
Yes, just a joke to try to lighten things up, no...

Yes, just a joke to try to lighten things up, no worries. ; ) I happen to simply find the most peculiar irony in that metaphor, but perhaps the irony doesn't translate quite as such to others in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 01:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,668
Posted By Mxx
Isn't comparing two different things the point of...

Isn't comparing two different things the point of comparing them? For instance:

Comparison: Apple Orange
(Amount per 100 grams and % Daily Value)
Calories: ...
Forum: Lighting   01-08-2016, 05:29 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,285
Posted By Mxx
I suppose the thread title is what drew so many...

I suppose the thread title is what drew so many people in, some people seemed to think it was an opportunity to help someone with the issue they were expressing, while others seemed to think it was...
Forum: Lighting   01-08-2016, 03:10 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,285
Posted By Mxx
Thanks for the comments. As you've done, I'd...

Thanks for the comments. As you've done, I'd expect that two BML fixtures were necessary to achieve a good spread and coverage on any decently large tank. While using two fixtures, would you have...
Forum: Lighting   01-08-2016, 10:35 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,285
Posted By Mxx
I guess the point is you can get whatever kind of...

I guess the point is you can get whatever kind of light and cost with LED's, there are many many different paths, and with the degree to which LED's have advanced then you aren't helping yourself by...
Forum: Lighting   01-07-2016, 10:36 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,285
Posted By Mxx
You're correct in that I did slightly carelessly...

You're correct in that I did slightly carelessly oversimplify that rather excessively. To clarify, all lights lose intensity when they age and they do not last forever.

LED's tend to have a rated...
Forum: Lighting   01-06-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,285
Posted By Mxx
As an architect I end up discussing the quality...

As an architect I end up discussing the quality of different LED light a LOT, and have attended lighting trade shows and met with countless LED fixture manufacturers.

The source of the light is...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-16-2015, 01:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 814
Posted By Mxx
I tried a similar thing. My shrimp didn't do well...

I tried a similar thing. My shrimp didn't do well as they didn't appear to eat any of the plants or the algae that was growing in the jars. My jars were too cold also, and then overheated and crashed...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-16-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 622
Views: 160,592
Posted By Mxx
Your tanks and thread have certainly been...

Your tanks and thread have certainly been inspirational and very helpful. And that's heart-breaking about the reef tank! For us to be cautious, what was the cause of the water leak and the short? I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-10-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,517
Posted By Mxx
I guess that's what's helpful about having a...

I guess that's what's helpful about having a variety of forums, and I'd pick-and-choose between them depending upon how technical a question I had. As a beginner I often had simple general questions...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-07-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,517
Posted By Mxx
I thought the SW forums were fine for the most...

I thought the SW forums were fine for the most part. Some such as reefcentral have quite serious of users and tech-geeks. But there is a very large volume of threads so it's easy for some to get...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-05-2015, 11:53 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,517
Posted By Mxx
Have had successful planted tanks and am missing...

Have had successful planted tanks and am missing keeping one and the simplicity of doing so. Keeping a successful planted tank, whether low-tech or high-tech takes a fair bit of knowledge and for it...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-08-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,610
Posted By Mxx
That's the one I had been using which I then...

That's the one I had been using which I then realised was several degrees off, as per my post above... I suppose the lesson is to check them against a more accurate thermometer now and then.
Forum: Tank Journals   10-04-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 25,744
Posted By Mxx
It's not often that a rock arrangement...

It's not often that a rock arrangement practically takes my breath away as this does. What a wonderful eye for detail! Personally I'd have gone for white sand throughout, which I think would have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   10-04-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,610
Posted By Mxx
I bought a second mid-range digital thermometer...

I bought a second mid-range digital thermometer for use on my reef tank and when I checked it against my first one I found the new one measuring 7 degrees less! (I bought two more cheap digital ones,...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   09-03-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 2,166
Views: 870,087
Posted By Mxx
I've gone down that route myself previously of...

I've gone down that route myself previously of buying strip lights, but wouldn't necessarily advise doing it as those generally aren't very powerful. I'd suggest buying solderless chips from Rapid...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   06-17-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2,166
Views: 870,087
Posted By Mxx
If you put in a bit of food then bacteria will...

If you put in a bit of food then bacteria will naturally develop there in time before long, somehow. If you add any plants then those will come with some beneficial aquatic bacteria as well, which...
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