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Forum: Equipment   11-26-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Rane
Water sounds like a very good idea. I'll be...

Water sounds like a very good idea. I'll be making that switch shortly.



I have a valve after my regulator and before my needle valve (where the solenoid valve would usually go. I just...
Forum: Equipment   11-25-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By Rane
Co2 Bubble Counter: A Cautionary Tale

I recently switched my ceramic diffuser for an atomizer and added a bubble counter. Having read another thread about the risks of getting the mineral oil in the tank, I was careful to fill the...
Forum: Equipment   03-23-2015, 04:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By Rane
Thanks! Glad I asked before buying. :)

Thanks! Glad I asked before buying. :)
Forum: Equipment   03-20-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By Rane
Yeah, I kinda' figured that. Perhaps I'll be the...

Yeah, I kinda' figured that. Perhaps I'll be the guinny pig. I just don't feel like spending $60 on a stupid solenoid. lol

From what I've read, longevity aside, overheating seems to be the main...
Forum: Equipment   03-20-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By Rane
Is this a good Co2 Solenoid?

I'm looking for a solenoid for my regulator build, and I keep seeing these around for only $12.

They need a 12v adapter (of which I have a few) to work. I was wondering if anyone has any...
Forum: Tank Journals   12-10-2012, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,784
Posted By Rane
The tank has changed a lot since my last update. ...

The tank has changed a lot since my last update. I have an all new aqua-scape, and a number of new plants.

I pulled the Manzanita out after about 4 months. While it did slow, it never fully...
Forum: Algae   08-08-2012, 12:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,323
Posted By Rane
Thanks for the suggestion, Complexity. I emailed...

Thanks for the suggestion, Complexity. I emailed a professor at Berkeley who seemed qualified. Hopefully she'll respond.

@FlyingHellFish What does the algae feel like when you touch it? The...
Forum: Algae   08-07-2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,323
Posted By Rane
Interesting you should mention a black version. ...

Interesting you should mention a black version. I have another algae that grows in all my tanks. It has a similar, slightly rough, texture and grows in a similar manner as well, yet is in fact...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-07-2012, 03:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,784
Posted By Rane
Updated the first post with new pics and a link...

Updated the first post with new pics and a link to part 5 of the video series. I've had the tank running for a few months now. The manzanita is still leaching tannin. I don't have any co2 as of...
Forum: Algae   08-07-2012, 03:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 10,323
Posted By Rane
Purple Algae in a Freshwater Tank?

Hey guys,

I've got this weird purple algae in my tank. So far it's not been causing much trouble, so I'm not too worried about it. Curious, more so. I've not been able to find any source that...
Forum: Substrate   05-30-2012, 06:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,796
Posted By Rane
Your question is pretty subjective. It's more...

Your question is pretty subjective. It's more about what you're looking to do than it is about what's "best."

If you're doing a high-tech system, and are willing to invest the time, it's hard to...
Forum: Substrate   05-30-2012, 05:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 659
Posted By Rane
Cool. I did a Google search and discovered that...

Cool. I did a Google search and discovered that mica tends to flake and is much softer than pyrite. That seems to be the case with what I have here. It's soft and flakes easily.

What would I...
Forum: Substrate   05-30-2012, 02:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 659
Posted By Rane
Deadly Substrate?

Considering my current financial position, I decided that the $120 it would have cost to buy gravel for my 100 gallon aquarium was a bit beyond my budget. I live in the Mojave desert, and we have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-25-2012, 04:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,219
Posted By Rane
LOL!!! :hihi: This thread's epic!

LOL!!! :hihi: This thread's epic!
Forum: Tank Journals   03-23-2012, 04:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,784
Posted By Rane
Oops. Thanks for letting me know. I guess I...

Oops. Thanks for letting me know. I guess I somehow copied the URL from the wrong tab. Fixed. :proud:
Forum: Tank Journals   03-20-2012, 06:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,784
Posted By Rane
Here's a video update (I don't have pictures just...

Here's a video update (I don't have pictures just yet):

Video Update Part 4 - YouTube.com (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBHLsaM14Fg)

I finished running most of the plumbing and ran a wet...
Forum: Lighting   03-13-2012, 05:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 13,329
Posted By Rane
Yes, I feel victim to this. Ended up buying...

Yes, I feel victim to this. Ended up buying waaay more light than necessary before being set straight by this forum.

The difficult thing is that there seems to really be no rule to go by. Nor...
Forum: Equipment   03-12-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,056
Posted By Rane
LOL Yeah, as if the hobby itself isn't enough....

LOL Yeah, as if the hobby itself isn't enough. :hihi:

A couple other things to consider with the powerhead: if you us it to increase surface agitation, it may also contribute to co2 burn off and...
Forum: Equipment   03-12-2012, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,056
Posted By Rane
The powerhead may be more versatile, but a...

The powerhead may be more versatile, but a surface skimmer is a guaranteed effective solution. Why not do both? Powerhead for nutrient distribution and flow; surface skimmer for a perfectly clean...
Forum: Lighting   03-04-2012, 03:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By Rane
Yep that's me. I would love to get into reefing!...

Yep that's me. I would love to get into reefing! Just can't afford it right now. Isn't the color blend thing more of a concern in reef lighting? I was under the impression that for planted you...
Forum: Lighting   03-04-2012, 06:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By Rane
Okay, I'm sold in the par38's. Last question (I...

Okay, I'm sold in the par38's. Last question (I think :)), is it really necessary that they be dimmable?

lol Even if you did find a seven foot fixture, shipping would not be cheap.
Forum: Lighting   03-02-2012, 03:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By Rane
Thanks everyone for your responses. I've been...

Thanks everyone for your responses. I've been reading threads and researching like crazy. I did not expect this to be so complicated. :hihi:



Any chance of my being able to just us a single 4...
Forum: Lighting   02-28-2012, 05:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By Rane
What about the Cree XP-G LEDs...

What about the Cree XP-G LEDs (http://www.ledgroupbuy.com/cree-xp-g-white/)? If I built a fixture with 12 of them, would that be enough to light my tank (given of course, that were spaced properly)?...
Forum: Lighting   02-28-2012, 02:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By Rane
Thanks so much for all your responses (sorry if I...

Thanks so much for all your responses (sorry if I haven't been able to respond to everyone directly).

You've all given me a ton to research and consider... I'm really liking the LED option. The...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-27-2012, 10:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,784
Posted By Rane
Yeah, I think you're right. Pressurized does...

Yeah, I think you're right. Pressurized does sound like a better idea.
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