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Forum: DIY 04-24-2007, 04:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,524
Posted By josh_simonson
Status update: my original device has been...

Status update: my original device has been working fine for over a year now in my planted tank. I've refilled the nutes twice when it got to be about half empty. I've been taking effortless growth...
Forum: DIY 03-09-2006, 10:57 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 32,752
Posted By josh_simonson
If you use PVC it may be possible to glue the...

If you use PVC it may be possible to glue the pump to the lid with PVC cement. That stuff is pretty effective. 4" pvc fittings are pretty expensive though.

No reason this couldn't be done with a...
Forum: Substrate 03-09-2006, 12:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,019
Posted By josh_simonson
I've had good luck with this stuff too, though...

I've had good luck with this stuff too, though the color is a little wierd. It's perfect for nursery or quarantine tanks, but probably not for a showtank.

If you're worried about CEC, peat moss...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-09-2006, 12:20 AM
Replies: 15
Poll: co2 24/7??
Views: 1,049
Posted By josh_simonson
I just put it on the same timer as the lights. I...

I just put it on the same timer as the lights. I imagine it takes the plants a bit of time to 'wake up' metabolically anyway. That reduces the cost above by $10.

I was debating this with...
Forum: DIY 03-07-2006, 08:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,473
Posted By josh_simonson
well

I'd consider installing linoleum on top of the carpet, or remove the carpet. That'd contain any spills.

If you plan on owning that house a while I'd remove the carpet and seal the concrete, then...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-06-2006, 10:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By josh_simonson
Can dechlorinators be diluted?

I'd like to dilute a dechlorinator for autodosing. Can I dilute it by 2 or 4x with distilled water to make it easier to meter?
Forum: Plants 03-03-2006, 11:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,536
Posted By josh_simonson
thats hot..

What are you keeping that requires the tank be in the low 80's? I've got angels and they're happy at 78. I've also got lots of killies in unheated tanks. Plants grow fine in both, but some (like...
Forum: DIY 03-03-2006, 06:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,524
Posted By josh_simonson
If you put airline valves between the upper and...

If you put airline valves between the upper and lower containers, and a valve at the top of the upper container, you could add more liquid by closing the lower valves, opening the top valve and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-02-2006, 11:14 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 158,538
Posted By josh_simonson
hydrochloric acid

For the guy that was pining for HCl, you can get it at home depot in the swimming pool department as 'muriatic acid'. I used it for recharging DI resin for the tank with no problems. This stuff is...
Forum: DIY 03-02-2006, 08:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,524
Posted By josh_simonson
Yup

I figure just about every planted tank owner has airpumps that they've retired when they went to CO2.

My prototype doesn't have the second tank to stabilize the fluid level, and I'm not sure I'll...
Forum: Lighting 03-02-2006, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,303
Posted By josh_simonson
They're that exact lamp. Home depot did have...

They're that exact lamp. Home depot did have them for about $35, and replacement bulbs there were something like $13. (wal-mart didn't have replacement bulbs)

I got a couple as yard-lights since...
Forum: DIY 03-02-2006, 05:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,524
Posted By josh_simonson
Yup

>And the perforation in the Top is to prevent air-pressure build up inside the container which might force fluid into the tubing during injection.

The hole on the lid also allows air in to...
Forum: Lighting 03-02-2006, 05:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,303
Posted By josh_simonson
Super cheap lighting

The local wal-marts here in the bay area are carrying flourex brand PC floodlight fixtures. They're 64W@6500k and only cost $11.88 for the entire fixture, including reflector. The fixture is about...
Forum: DIY 03-02-2006, 04:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,524
Posted By josh_simonson
Well

One could always make the vertical tubes with very thin tubing. Perhaps get 1mm ID tubing and use that for the vertical parts, then use wider tubing for the coil at the bottom. That'd get down to...
Forum: DIY 03-02-2006, 12:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,524
Posted By josh_simonson
Cheap DIY liquid doser

Yesterday I came up with a DIY liquid doser for fertilizing the tank and constructed a prototype. Here's how it works:

A section of tubing is submerged in a jar of the liquid to be dosed and...
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