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Forum: Fish   Yesterday, 03:33 AM
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Posted By PlantedRich
Step one for me is to always make double sure the...

Step one for me is to always make double sure the water is as clean as possible. From there it would be my guess that there are a number of things going on. The fat belly makes me guess an internal...
Forum: Equipment   02-13-2016, 11:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By PlantedRich
When pricing and shopping be careful to watch for...

When pricing and shopping be careful to watch for the media. If it is not included in the price, you have to cough us a bunch for media or DIY something so just be aware that some try to make you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-13-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By PlantedRich
Kind of like why would a person want to add wings...

Kind of like why would a person want to add wings and a motor to a bicycle? To see if they can make it work!
If wasting time was eliminated we would have to give up forums.
Forum: Fish   02-13-2016, 03:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 682
Posted By PlantedRich
Thinking about my near miss, I have to agree with...

Thinking about my near miss, I have to agree with Dale!
I had a controller and decided it was not something that I wanted as I moved away from CO2. My mistake was in turning the CO2 back on without...
Forum: Fish   02-13-2016, 03:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 682
Posted By PlantedRich
I also feel for you. I nearly killed my whole...

I also feel for you. I nearly killed my whole tank last week but I was here and caught it just in time. It doesn't get much better but over time you do begin to realize that it will happen and you...
Forum: Equipment   02-13-2016, 01:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 302
Posted By PlantedRich
A trick that's used for long runs of conduit...

A trick that's used for long runs of conduit might help. If you can find something lightweight like a cotton ball that just fits inside the tubing, you can tie a thread on and then blow the cotton...
Forum: Equipment   02-12-2016, 10:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 164
Posted By PlantedRich
Often, yes. But the threads need to be the same....

Often, yes. But the threads need to be the same. Some meters have left hand threads?
Bottom line is if it screws on okay, yes, as the meter has no effect on the rest of the regulator.
Forum: Equipment   02-12-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 762
Posted By PlantedRich
I got one of these little controllers in error as...

I got one of these little controllers in error as a Celsius was shipped rather than Fahrenheit. Since the Celsius is of little use to me, I decided to do some playing with making my controllers a bit...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-12-2016, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By PlantedRich
I have found it best for me to wade into things...

I have found it best for me to wade into things slowly. I can avoid the biggest problems that way. Things like buying stuff I regret!
Many advise doing a full tank planting all at the first to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-12-2016, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By PlantedRich
This is a link to the post I did about the...

This is a link to the post I did about the controllers I use. They are a bit on the cheap side (plastic) and there are a few things to do to get them to the point I feel I can trust them. For some...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-12-2016, 04:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By PlantedRich
From my view, I will never again trust a high...

From my view, I will never again trust a high power heater not to stick on to kill the fish. I now use a cheap digital temperature controller on all tanks with fish that matter.
Maybe not the...
Forum: Equipment   02-11-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 613
Posted By PlantedRich
There are times when a bit of "why" is important...

There are times when a bit of "why" is important to understanding "what" we need. Meters are one of those.
The reason for getting one that reads to a low range like 60PSI can give us a better look...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-11-2016, 10:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 357
Posted By PlantedRich
We often read about concerns that rock or wood...

We often read about concerns that rock or wood will change the water. But then on the other hand we also read about lots of people who want to add various things to change their water. those with...
Forum: Equipment   02-11-2016, 04:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 613
Posted By PlantedRich
One thing not mentioned is the low pressure...

One thing not mentioned is the low pressure gauge. It has a really high range from 0 to 400PSI. This sounds good but for our use since we don't usually go very high pressure, the readings are a bit...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-11-2016, 04:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 357
Posted By PlantedRich
And then there is history to think about. Copper,...

And then there is history to think about. Copper, iron, steel and brass are all part of the water supply chain and your water is in it for a long time before it gets to your tank. so we know that it...
Forum: Equipment   02-10-2016, 10:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By PlantedRich
How tight is tight enough? Always a good question...

How tight is tight enough? Always a good question but sometimes it isn't easy to say. It definitely needs to be less that stripping but then it also needs to face the right direction and be tight...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-10-2016, 10:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By PlantedRich
Another point in favor of the single stage Cornie...

Another point in favor of the single stage Cornie regs is that rebuild kits are available for around $15! That can be a big item if you let water backflow into things!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-10-2016, 08:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By PlantedRich
I've seen simple top offs made using two liter...

I've seen simple top offs made using two liter bottles standing on the edge of tanks. Remember how it works if you turn a glass over under water and then lift it? The water only runs out as long as...
Forum: Equipment   02-10-2016, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By PlantedRich
Much will depend on how you set the plumbing. In...

Much will depend on how you set the plumbing. In a straight line so the flow goes into one and then into the second, the flow restriction will be added. But if you have one inline and then tee to the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-10-2016, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By PlantedRich
I would not bother with another reg at this...

I would not bother with another reg at this point. The single stage reg can/might/could be a problem so you do need to be aware. EOTD -(end of tank dump) is something some single stage can do. They...
Forum: Equipment   02-10-2016, 01:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 257
Posted By PlantedRich
When I ran into the repeated noise, it was the...

When I ran into the repeated noise, it was the heater trying to come on but not locking up as it should. that left it going snap and then a couple seconds later another snap. The points were burned...
Forum: Equipment   02-10-2016, 01:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 816
Posted By PlantedRich
The problem with running two filters series...

The problem with running two filters series fashion is that when one is stopping up they will both lose flow. I would not consider it but look more to using two filters as stand alone and any extra...
Forum: Equipment   02-10-2016, 12:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By PlantedRich
Since the reg is a pretty simple thing that...

Since the reg is a pretty simple thing that balances spring tension against pressure from gas (simple answer?) I would not expect the flow to change while it is in operation. I would be more inclined...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-10-2016, 12:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 452
Posted By PlantedRich
Not splashing but there is a pretty good ripple...

Not splashing but there is a pretty good ripple depending on how high/low the waterline. Two canisters, a 2217 and a 2075 are both pulling from near the bottom and pushing it back in at the top. No...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-09-2016, 10:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 452
Posted By PlantedRich
Part of what has me stumped is that I was not...

Part of what has me stumped is that I was not running near the level I used to run when the tank was fully planted. I had placed a red mark on the needle valve at that time and all was fine for long...
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