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Forum: Fish   12-21-2015, 02:32 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By leros
How should I stock a 55g gourami tank

I have a 55g tank that I want to focus on gouramis. The tank itself is moderately planted.

So far, I've got 3 power blue dwarf gouramis and 4 otos.

How should I continue stocking this tank?...
Forum: Lighting   10-07-2015, 05:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By leros
BuildMyLed controller

I have a really bright BuildMyLed fixture that I plan to hang above my riparium. I want it to be 100% brightness during the day, but closer to 25% at night.

I see this $109 controller from them,...
Forum: Equipment   06-10-2015, 04:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Posted By leros
Best canister that is easy to prime

I love my Eheim canisters but I hate priming them. I've noticed that some (such as some Filstars) have priming mechanism built in.

What is the best canister that is easy to prime?
Forum: Lighting   06-02-2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 261
Posted By leros
LED lighting for 55g riparium

I'm looking at hanging the light 12"+ inches above the aquarium so I feel like I need something fairly powerful. I also want LEDs to cut down on heat.

BuildMyLed has lights tailored to ripariums...
Forum: Equipment   05-08-2014, 04:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By leros
I've done that before. It was a lot of...

I've done that before. It was a lot of maintenance as it clogged almost daily.

My main motivation though is increasing CO2, lowering noise, and reducing the need to tinker with the overflow.
Forum: Equipment   05-07-2014, 03:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By leros
If I had two canister filters and the CO2...

If I had two canister filters and the CO2 diffuser only on one of them, wouldn't I have higher CO2 on one side of my aquarium? My tank is 60" long.

With my current setup, I have 3 returns (right,...
Forum: Equipment   05-07-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By leros
Filtration, heater, and CO2 diffusion for 90g

My 90g tank currently has a sump and I want to move it over to a canister filter. I currently have a 500gph return pump that feeds a Rex Grigg CO2 reactor and then splits into two returns.
...
Forum: Equipment   05-06-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By leros
I've just got 15 neon tetras. Another motivation...

I've just got 15 neon tetras. Another motivation for getting rid of the sump is that my fish and shrimp keep getting sucked into the overflow. Any attempts at putting a sponge or something in the...
Forum: Equipment   05-06-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By leros
How to transition from sump to canister filter

I currently have a sump in my aquarium, which is great. It has massive filtration, I can hide my heaters and probes in there, etc. I am having trouble with keeping my CO2 levels up though. I think I...
Forum: Lighting   01-24-2014, 03:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By leros
I highly suspect that my new bulbs are better...

I highly suspect that my new bulbs are better quality so the PAR rating is very likely to be better.

The old bulbs were Hamilton Technology 10,000K Super Daylight bulbs (here...
Forum: Lighting   01-23-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By leros
Maybe. The old bulbs were a year old but I didn't...

Maybe. The old bulbs were a year old but I didn't have that much success even when the bulbs were new.

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Forum: Lighting   01-22-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By leros
I know. It seems obvious now that I think about...

I know. It seems obvious now that I think about it for a minute. I had been told by multiple people that 10,000K was just as good for plants and that it was purely personal taste. Obviously that's...
Forum: Lighting   01-22-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By leros
Put lower kelvin bulbs on my tank - what a difference it makes!

I always had to push my tank really hard to get my plants to pearl. It took rigorous dosing of ferts and extremely high CO2 levels to get my plants to pearl just a little bit.

I had 2 10,000 K...
Forum: DIY   01-11-2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By leros
A solenoid isn't going to have enough control...

A solenoid isn't going to have enough control granularity to tune a Herbie overflow. I find that I have to get my gate within a pretty small window for my Herbie overflow to be silent.

As you...
Forum: DIY   01-11-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By leros
Solenoid doesn't seem like the right thing to me....

Solenoid doesn't seem like the right thing to me. Can you elaborate?

I was planning on laser cutting some kind of coupler to fit around the top of the gate valve and interface with a beefy stepper...
Forum: DIY   01-11-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By leros
The reason I went with a herbie overflow vs the...

The reason I went with a herbie overflow vs the bean animal is that I can very easily turn an off the shelf HOB overflow into a herbie overflow.
Forum: DIY   01-11-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By leros
I'll look into that. I was thinking it would be...

I'll look into that. I was thinking it would be nice to interface to a normal gate valve so that I can turn off the computer control and still use the valve manually.
Forum: DIY   01-07-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 771
Posted By leros
Has anybody made a computer controlled Herbie overflow?

I have a Herbie style overflow on my aquarium. It works pretty awesome, but I have to adjust it every few days.

This seems like something pretty simple to automate. Measure the water level in the...
Forum: Equipment   01-07-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 805
Posted By leros
Thought I'd post an update. Aiming the return...

Thought I'd post an update. Aiming the return valves up got rid of 99% of the particles. Amazing.

I do have to use more CO2 now to keep the levels up, which is kind of a bummer.
Forum: Equipment   12-21-2013, 05:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 805
Posted By leros
That setup center brace sure is annoying. It...

That setup center brace sure is annoying. It takes 1/3 of the top of the tank.

I'll try angling the return valves up.

I thought about putting a power head in the center back of the tank but...
Forum: Equipment   12-21-2013, 03:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 805
Posted By leros
It's a HOB overflow. The particles are uniform...

It's a HOB overflow. The particles are uniform throughout the tank.



My two return pipes are pointed slightly down. It's interesting that you mention pointing a powerhead up, because it made me...
Forum: Equipment   12-20-2013, 03:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 805
Posted By leros
Can't get rid of suspended particles

I have a 90 gallon tank with a sump. When I first setup the tank, it was crystal clear. After about 6 months, I start running into problems with particles being suspended in the water. You know how...
Forum: Equipment   03-27-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,064
Posted By leros
At what PSI should I refill my CO2?

I'm on the first fill of my 10 pound CO2 tank. It was about 1000 PSI when I got filled and it quickly dropped to 900 PSI. It stayed around 900 for about two months. Over the last week, it has dropped...
Forum: DIY   03-20-2013, 06:21 AM
Replies: 856
Views: 244,755
Posted By leros
I posted a while back about having trouble with...

I posted a while back about having trouble with my 20" Cerges reactor. I was having trouble with bubbles coming out even with a very low amount of flow. I tried putting in a sponge at the bottom, but...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-26-2013, 05:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By leros
Leros - my first tank - 90g

This is my first experience with a proper planted aquarium setup.

A few specs:
Tank: 60"x18"x19" (~90g if you generously round up)
Lighting: 60" 2 x 80w T5 in a DIY hood
Filtration: 29g sump...
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