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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 113
Posted By DaveK
Using CO2 sure isn't going to hurt anything, and...

Using CO2 sure isn't going to hurt anything, and can help a great deal. I didn't use it for years, but after installing CO2, it made a beliver out of me.

That being said, you don't need CO2 to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 181
Posted By DaveK
I know people like the retro look of these old...

I know people like the retro look of these old Metaframe, but if you have a cracked slate, it's very difficult to repair by running a bead of silicone along the crack.

The trouble is that the fix...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 07-30-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 383
Posted By DaveK
Microsoft tends to hype every new version of...

Microsoft tends to hype every new version of Windows trying to make you think it's the greatest thing ever. The reality is much different, usually it's some new window dressing that actually adds...
Forum: Equipment 07-30-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 203
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion pressurized CO2 is by far the best...

In my opinion pressurized CO2 is by far the best way to go. I doubt there is anyone that went to it, regretted it, and went back to a DIY method.

The downside it that pressurized CO2 has a high...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By DaveK
That's the thing about live plants. They just...

That's the thing about live plants. They just look so real (grin).
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 573
Posted By DaveK
I have found that the best solution to use when...

I have found that the best solution to use when you have small hang on the tank filters like the Aquaclear is to use two filters and alternate the cleaning of them. This way you'll mantain the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-19-2015, 03:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 130
Posted By DaveK
I don't think they would harm anything directly,...

I don't think they would harm anything directly, but they sure do a lot of digging. For a dirted tank, I would think that's "automatic disqualification" of the fish.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By DaveK
While I think the system could work well, I'd...

While I think the system could work well, I'd recommend that you put the aquarium and plant related projects on hold for a few years. Your going to have enough to do with college level courses, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By DaveK
I don't think you have an issue, especially since...

I don't think you have an issue, especially since you have a layer of eco complete.

Consider too that the SW reef keepers usually use 1 to 2 pounds of rock per gallon with out problems.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-10-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 388
Posted By DaveK
I only see a couple of things I would change. ...

I only see a couple of things I would change.

Move the tall foreground plants further back and get something that doesn't grow as tall.

The tank looks almost symmetrical with the high point in...
Forum: Lighting 06-04-2015, 02:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By DaveK
That's the problem, isn't it? Lighting is very...

That's the problem, isn't it? Lighting is very subjective and among the most debated subjects in the aquarium hobby. Everyone seems to have their own idea about what is "best".

I'd say that if...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 697
Posted By DaveK
"It's the stuff dreams are made of" Years...

"It's the stuff dreams are made of"

Years ago Dupla, when it was still owned by the founders, had a 10000 liter display tank. There are a few pictures of at the back of the book The Optimum...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 979
Posted By DaveK
If I had to pick one, it would be rummy nose...

If I had to pick one, it would be rummy nose tetras.

However, why not pick several different species and have a school of each? Select ones that live at different depths. In my own tank I have...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-03-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By DaveK
I've got 2 in my 90 gal planted tank. I like them...

I've got 2 in my 90 gal planted tank. I like them a lot. It's a fish so ugly that it's cute. I don't find them to be a problem with cleaning up after them. They don't grow as large as some of the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-30-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 743
Posted By DaveK
Keep in mind that the plants are going to grow...

Keep in mind that the plants are going to grow and reproduce. You need a lot less than you think. Given time, you'll have a real jungle in there.

Also, if you plan to set up another tank, you'll...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-22-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 887
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion as soon as you say "no water...

In my opinion as soon as you say "no water changes" you have destroyed all credibility with your system, especially in a SW reef system.

Even if we ignore that, I don't see where the system offers...
Forum: Lighting 05-09-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By DaveK
Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling...

Doing a quick search, I didn't see anyone selling that specific build outside of Europe.

However, all is not lost. Tell us what your trying to do with the lighting. There may be other bulbs or a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-13-2015, 01:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By DaveK
One of the problems you have with using an actual...

One of the problems you have with using an actual mirror is that over time the water will attack the back of the mirror and do a number on the metal that make is a mirror.

If you got to have this...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-12-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 616
Posted By DaveK
I've got to agree with mattinmd on this one. ...

I've got to agree with mattinmd on this one.

As for aquarium use, I think you would do better using something like Instant Ocean in small amounts.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-07-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By DaveK
Here is an excellent how to on using a glass...

Here is an excellent how to on using a glass bottle in your tank for decoration (offsite) - http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forum/index.php?threads/put-a-bottle-in-your-tank.89105/

Yes, I know it's a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-07-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 806
Posted By DaveK
Have you calculated the weight? 20 x 20 x...

Have you calculated the weight?

20 x 20 x 12 = 4800 cu in
4800 / 231 = 20.78 gal convert to gal
20.78 x 8.3 = 172.47 pounds multiple by weight of water per gallon

By the time you set this...
Forum: Equipment 03-07-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 543
Posted By DaveK
I run mine sll the time, but there is no reason...

I run mine sll the time, but there is no reason you can't do something different. Every tank is different, so how you run the circulation pump can vary also.

Set it up the way you like it, and...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-17-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 525
Posted By DaveK
Consider the big advantage. With the additional...

Consider the big advantage. With the additional knowledge you can now take your planted tank to a new level.

I had kept planted tanks for years before finding this group, but they were only fair....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-09-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 382
Posted By DaveK
Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons,...

Tap water can vary a lot through the seasons, going from very good to very bad. Also, you do need to match the new water to the temp of your tank, or at least be very close.

A 50% water change at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-07-2015, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 650
Posted By DaveK
A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and...

A crack in a tank is only going to get worse and fail. If your going to repair it, you will need to replace the entire piece of class. This can involve disassembly of the entire tank and rebuilding...
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