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Forum: Tank Journals   12-01-2006, 05:34 AM
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Posted By RobChuck
It stores and circulates water change/top-off...

It stores and circulates water change/top-off water.
Forum: Tank Journals   11-29-2006, 05:18 PM
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Posted By RobChuck
Sorry for taking so long to reply...Yep, my...

Sorry for taking so long to reply...Yep, my first!



Several months in, I really like the 175W lights. The tank seems to do the best with a 7 hour photoperiod and I don't experience any...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-29-2006, 04:11 PM
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Posted By RobChuck
Wow, I was browsing through my favorite links...

Wow, I was browsing through my favorite links this morning and realized I hadn't updated this thread in quite awhile. The tank is doing well for the most part, though I can definately say that I'm...
Forum: Tank Journals   09-22-2006, 05:50 AM
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Posted By RobChuck
Sorry about the lack of recent updates...my...

Sorry about the lack of recent updates...my daughter was born at the end of August and I haven't been spending much time with my tanks lately. But things are going pretty well, all things...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-26-2006, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 920
Posted By RobChuck
With my in-wall installation, I mounted my MH...

With my in-wall installation, I mounted my MH lights so that it's easy to work around them for normal maintenance, but they can be moved out of the way pretty easily for more hardcore work.
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Forum: DIY   08-22-2006, 05:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,462
Posted By RobChuck
The tank looks fantastic! I've always liked the...

The tank looks fantastic! I've always liked the idea of going DIY with plywood and hope to someday soon. And you're not the first person from whom I've heard glowing reviews of AES's aquatic epoxy...
Forum: Equipment   08-17-2006, 12:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,264
Posted By RobChuck
I had my 20 lb. tank filled recently by Aurora...

I had my 20 lb. tank filled recently by Aurora Tri-State at their Joliet location(www.auroratristate.com). Their main shop is in Aurora near Farnsworth and I-88. The refill cost $20 flat and took...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-17-2006, 12:19 AM
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Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
Single-ended MH lamps have a UV-shielding outer...

Single-ended MH lamps have a UV-shielding outer sleeve. Double-ended bulbs need UV shields however.
Forum: Tank Journals   08-16-2006, 02:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,223
Posted By RobChuck
Wow! The new open layout will look great once it...

Wow! The new open layout will look great once it all grows in!
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2006, 11:16 PM
Replies: 58
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Posted By RobChuck
No chiller (though I had one running when I still...

No chiller (though I had one running when I still had 400W MH over the reef; at 1/3 HP, it would run for for 8 hours a day :eek5: ).

The tank stays right around 78-79. I temporarily moved the...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2006, 11:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
I'll give that technique a shot! Blue Rams...

I'll give that technique a shot!

Blue Rams do intrigue me, and I came very close to making an impulse purchase of a few over the weekend (which is a BIG deal for me). I still would like to have...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2006, 11:11 PM
Replies: 58
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Posted By RobChuck
Thanks! I can't wait for the vegetation to grow...

Thanks! I can't wait for the vegetation to grow in and shadow over the stream.

So far so good with the fish population (I don't anticipate having a fish bioload greater than what would max out...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2006, 03:32 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
Thanks! Having little fish in there makes the...

Thanks! Having little fish in there makes the tank seem even bigger. And without 500 lbs. of live rock in there anymore, the tank seems sooo much larger when I'm working in it.
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2006, 03:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
The dwarf hairgrass idea is actually part of my...

The dwarf hairgrass idea is actually part of my plan! I would like to have the front area totally covered, as well as the far right side in front of the swords. I've planted about 3 pots worth of...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-15-2006, 03:24 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
Thanks! :thumbsup: I would have loved...

Thanks! :thumbsup:



I would have loved to do something like that, in fact, that's what I originally had in mind. But the opening is too small and the tank is too far recessed (due to a column...
Forum: DIY   08-14-2006, 03:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 20,078
Posted By RobChuck
I don't remember the exact quote, but this line...

I don't remember the exact quote, but this line reminds me of the Flowbee bit from Wayne's World.

Wasserpest,
This is a great device! I look forward to reading about the long-term viability of...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-13-2006, 03:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
As promised earlier, here is a picture of the...

As promised earlier, here is a picture of the tank taken earlier this evening. It's still a little murky from this afternoon's planting, but is definately starting to take shape.
...
Forum: Tank Journals   08-13-2006, 03:36 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
I sure hope so! Thanks :thumbsup:

I sure hope so! Thanks :thumbsup:
Forum: Tank Journals   08-12-2006, 08:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
It's been awhile since I've updated the thread,...

It's been awhile since I've updated the thread, and quite a bit has changed in the tank since then! For starters, I've gone on several plant shopping sprees to fish stores in the area aquiring...
Forum: Lighting   08-02-2006, 09:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By RobChuck
I'm also using single-ended 175W MH over my tank....

I'm also using single-ended 175W MH over my tank. I use XM 10,000K bulbs, but only because they were $20 each with the kits I purchased from Hellolights. The Hamilton 6,500K bulb link above seems...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-02-2006, 03:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By RobChuck
I just put my first order in with Greg this...

I just put my first order in with Greg this morning for 2 lbs. of each fert you listed. Can't wait to see this stuff in action.
Forum: Tank Journals   08-01-2006, 03:49 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,528
Posted By RobChuck
agdavis & Adrian Thanks! Just to quickly...

agdavis & Adrian
Thanks!

Just to quickly update the thread...I still hope to get the tank fully planted by the end of the week, but an illness in the family has shifted priorities around a little...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-01-2006, 03:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By RobChuck
Which Test Kits?

Since starting with FW planted tanks, I've been using test kits that I've had from my marine tanks (Salifert: NH4, NO3, PO4, KH; Pinpoint pH monitor). Other than the KH test kit and the pH monitor,...
Forum: DIY   08-01-2006, 03:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 13,611
Posted By RobChuck
The tank looks very nice! How thick of glass did...

The tank looks very nice! How thick of glass did you need to use for the walls to avoid crossbraces or Eurobraces?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-31-2006, 05:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By RobChuck
Hello from a fellow "large saltwater tank to...

Hello from a fellow "large saltwater tank to large planted tank" convert. I am just now starting to stock my 300g that was converted from a reef, so I can certainly sympathize with your upcoming...
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