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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By DaveK
Well, it's certainly something different, and...

Well, it's certainly something different, and it's their tank, so they can set it up the way they want.

It just seems so wrong next to all the planted tanks typically seen on this forum, which...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-21-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 168
Posted By DaveK
To switch substrata you in effect need to tear...

To switch substrata you in effect need to tear the tank down and set it up again. This isn't quite as bad as it sounds, but it's a lot of work. Save as much water as you can, and don't disturm the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-17-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By DaveK
Do you need to have CO2 with high light, no you...

Do you need to have CO2 with high light, no you don't. You can still keep some plants and get a lot of good growth.

However, I'd rate CO2 as highly desirable, especially in a large tank.

How...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-15-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 447
Posted By DaveK
You could certainly try using all RO/DI water,...

You could certainly try using all RO/DI water, and build it back to what you want using GH and/or KH builder products.

That's what I do, and I've been getting good results, and my tap water is og...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-15-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 116
Posted By DaveK
I don't think you'd have a problem with killing...

I don't think you'd have a problem with killing everything in the tank. It's not a UV lamp.

The problem I'd worry about is that I don't think the device is built to stay on for 8 hours plus a day....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By DaveK
You could always give the original lighting a try...

You could always give the original lighting a try and see how it works. In looking at the picture on the Drs F & S web site, the tank does look dim in the end areas.

Personally, if it were mine...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By DaveK
Marineland makes a lot of different type LED...

Marineland makes a lot of different type LED lighting and fixtures. Which one do you have? Is it going to be the only lighting on the 55?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By DaveK
Considering that it's only a few days, I'd just...

Considering that it's only a few days, I'd just leave the lights off. Nothing is going to get hurt. After all, we use the 3 day blackout to treat algae problems all the time, so it could even help in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-12-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 195
Posted By DaveK
More likely the fish are a bit scared and off...

More likely the fish are a bit scared and off their normal routine. Give them a few days to get use to the new lighting. You have a lot more light now now and it's coming from a different direction.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-10-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 283
Posted By DaveK
You can move all the media and so on, but I'm...

You can move all the media and so on, but I'm lazy. I'd just set up the new filter and run both of them on the tank for 2 or 3 weeks. Then remove the old one. By that time, the new filter will have a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-10-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 484
Posted By DaveK
Acrylic is out of sight expensive today. That...

Acrylic is out of sight expensive today. That makes tank made from it very expensive.

If I wanted to buy that system, I'd figure out what I would use from it and offer about 50% of the new price...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-28-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By DaveK
I would say that long term the EBJDs will eat...

I would say that long term the EBJDs will eat most of the tetras you mention. Consider that they can grow to 8".

This sounds like you either pick one group of fish or the other, or have two tanks.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-21-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By DaveK
Over the years, I've seen the hobby go through a...

Over the years, I've seen the hobby go through a lot of fads. A lot of stuff comes and goes. Fluidized bed filters are a more recent one.

They do work, but they have some downsides, as pointed...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-13-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 237
Posted By DaveK
Even though your trying to avoid using screws,...

Even though your trying to avoid using screws, you can use stainless steel ones if the superglue doesn't work out. Pit them in from the back or bottom so you will not see them.

If your using super...
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 179
Posted By DaveK
I stand corrected, the filter is still being...

I stand corrected, the filter is still being made. As you can see, shopping around can pay off. Others found even lower prices.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 06-11-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By DaveK
The first obvious question is, are you sure you...

The first obvious question is, are you sure you have the tubes connected to the correct places? This may sound stupid, but it's not too hard to do.

Even if the impeller did spin backwards, the...
Forum: Equipment 06-11-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 179
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion, it's because this is an older...

In my opinion, it's because this is an older filter. They kind of got you unless you want to spend a bundle on a new filter.

One thing that may help, get the Eheim part number from their parts...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-24-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,654
Posted By DaveK
I would say that you would need to be out of your...

I would say that you would need to be out of your mind to open a tropical fish store in this day and age.

In thinking about the locally owned non-chain stores that are within about 1/2 an hour of...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-18-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By DaveK
Usually the tubing used from a bubble counter is...

Usually the tubing used from a bubble counter is the same size as aquarium airline tubing.

When I have to do a project like this I usually go to the LFS and get a length of rigid airline tubing....
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By DaveK
Personally I consider it a worthless feature,...

Personally I consider it a worthless feature, unless you like seeing all the bubbles in your tank.

I think this idea took hold when power heads were new, and replacing air stones and the air...
Forum: Equipment 05-17-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion, mounting and equipment, including...

In my opinion, mounting and equipment, including gages, on the outside of the stand kind of defeats the whole idea of using an ADA type stand.

If you look at ADA tank setups, they generally go to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-10-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 620
Posted By DaveK
I love the idea of large planted tanks with lots...

I love the idea of large planted tanks with lots of small fish. I happen to like tetras and rasbora myself.

The advice I would give you is to first set up and maintain a smaller planted tank...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-10-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 303
Posted By DaveK
If your not keeping a planted tank, then...

If your not keeping a planted tank, then phosphates can build up and yes, you can have an algae issue.

With a planted tank, phosphates, in moderate amounts, are plant food, and the plants remove...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 05-08-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 244
Posted By DaveK
Why not just get a gram scale for you...

Why not just get a gram scale for you measurements? A quick search on the term should give you several options, and some are only about $10 - $15, well within the range of most hobbyists. That way...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 05-05-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Posted By DaveK
RO water has almost 0 mineral content, so there...

RO water has almost 0 mineral content, so there is no buffering. This means that it only takes a trace of something to make the pH swing way high or low. That half gallon of tap water can make all...
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