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Forum: Tank Journals   02-09-2017, 12:01 AM
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My mistake missing that part of the post. Look...

My mistake missing that part of the post. Look forward to seeing another fellow 75 gallon tank come into the fold


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Forum: Tank Journals   02-08-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 399
Posted By bpb
My 75 Gallon build.

Bingo. Glad someone said something before pics of the tank on that stand showed up. While the above stand is probably unnecessarily over built (I like it though), the important thing to note is...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-07-2017, 02:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,425
Posted By bpb
It's common place for some but I'm still excited...

It's common place for some but I'm still excited to have my first actual carpet in a tank in my 9 years in this hobby. DHG literally growing perfectly. Perfect height and density.
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Forum: Tank Journals   01-31-2017, 03:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,425
Posted By bpb
Thanks for stopping by! Genuinely glad to have...

Thanks for stopping by! Genuinely glad to have been able to help someone just through observation alone if nothing else.

I honestly think from an intensity standpoint 2 bulbs alone is...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-22-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,425
Posted By bpb
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https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170122/3a699a1138d309cf1a3ea29235341730.jpg

Growth still doing very well. Even after just a few days. I see some trimming in my future


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Forum: Tank Journals   01-20-2017, 03:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,425
Posted By bpb
Very nice man. If there's one thing I've learned...

Very nice man. If there's one thing I've learned in my 10 years in this hobby, it's to listen to what your tank tells you and act accordingly. I know that's kind of cryptic and perhaps an over...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-17-2017, 04:12 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,425
Posted By bpb
Thanks for the kind words! I really did want...

Thanks for the kind words! I really did want to give up. It's been so hard and such a long time coming before I finally caught my stride on this tank. Which has been especially frustrating...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-15-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,425
Posted By bpb
WOW it's been a while since an update. My...

WOW it's been a while since an update.

My substrate became problematic. The amount of organic matter was just uncontrollable. No matter how high I ran co2, how much excel I dosed, how low I...
Forum: Equipment   12-05-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By bpb
As my previous thread mentioned, my long running...

As my previous thread mentioned, my long running eheim 2217 just decided to go down for the big long sleep, and being holiday time and money super tight (actually contemplated taking the tank down...
Forum: Equipment   12-05-2016, 03:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By bpb
Well... took the filter out to clean the impeller...

Well... took the filter out to clean the impeller and decided to test out the sound level by plugging it in with no impeller. No sound. So I cleaned it and reassembled and now it won't fire up at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 04:55 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,364
Posted By bpb
I slowly sprinkle it dry into the powerhead which...

I slowly sprinkle it dry into the powerhead which sprays it clear across the top of the tank and evenly dusts the entire footprint. Like a crop dusting plane if that makes sense. Most dissolves...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,364
Posted By bpb
Heard that. I can't always spare the hour it...

Heard that. I can't always spare the hour it takes to do a 40 gallon water change. When that happens. I just back off on my dosing. I'll skip doses or reduce the amount down to 1/2 or less until...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 04:05 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,364
Posted By bpb
Thanks! It's presented its stresses and...

Thanks! It's presented its stresses and challenges but I'm rolling with it. I was at a crossroads. Nearly quit the hobby I was so frustrated with low tech. Decided to go all in and it has worked...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 03:55 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,364
Posted By bpb
I'll preface by saying even currently my tank...

I'll preface by saying even currently my tank struggles and I'm in no way proud of it. But I feel I can contribute to this topic. Also...co2 had a huge hand in this. But I assume anyone running...
Forum: Equipment   11-13-2016, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By bpb
Now that's an idea. Plug in the head with no...

Now that's an idea. Plug in the head with no inpeller. I will try that this week. If it still makes the sound I'll start shopping for a replacement. If not, new impeller/shaft/bushings it is

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Forum: Equipment   11-13-2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By bpb
Eheim 2217 on last leg

I've had this eheim 2217 running close to 10 years now. Previous owner had it for who knows how long. I clean it every 3-6 months or so. I'll be honest it sounds like a motorcycle at this point. ...
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By bpb
I posted the original post before discovering...

I posted the original post before discovering their horticultural site still had the dimmer available. I'll just call them and order one. A lot faster and easier than figuring out how to make one....
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2016, 02:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By bpb
I found them on their website but no way to...

I found them on their website but no way to order. I may just roll with the single unit and see how it does. I had forgotten how much more visually dim LEDs are than bulbs. I know the par is...
Forum: Lighting   11-04-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By bpb
Definitely have to just scour the web to find a...

Definitely have to just scour the web to find a used one somewhere. You could also pick up one of their horticultural strips. They still produce those


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Forum: Lighting   11-04-2016, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By bpb
LED dimmer question

Picking up a used BuildmyLED Dutch XB strip today. I fear that it may be a bit much for my tank, exceeding 100 par on the substrate and I'm wanting to avoid an algae farm situation. Suspending it...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-03-2016, 11:50 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 78,631
Posted By bpb
Thanks for the info man. Not to derail your...

Thanks for the info man. Not to derail your thread. Just enjoy discussing lighting. I've been using 4 t5ho over my 75 gallon in some cheaper fixtures but they do the job. Combo has been 2 giesemann...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-03-2016, 10:54 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 78,631
Posted By bpb
Where do you find those wavepoint and 3000k...

Where do you find those wavepoint and 3000k bulbs?


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Forum: Tank Journals   11-03-2016, 06:27 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 78,631
Posted By bpb
LEDs have really over complexified things with...

LEDs have really over complexified things with the options available. Nothing wrong with just getting a t5ho fixture for plant growing off of Amazon and sticking some decent bulbs in it. That'll...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-03-2016, 01:07 PM
Replies: 544
Views: 78,631
Posted By bpb
We refer to those as "black boxes". Super cheap...

We refer to those as "black boxes". Super cheap (by high powered lighting standards). They're really heavy on the blue end for a planted tank but you could probably get away with using only the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-21-2016, 03:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By bpb
I could have given some backup. I do use co2...

I could have given some backup. I do use co2 injected to a cerges reactor and have plenty of flow in the tank. It is literally packed with plants. I have to trim often or the fish cannot swim and...
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