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Forum: Equipment   Yesterday, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By MChambers
Cobalt EXT. I have 5 of them and love their...

Cobalt EXT. I have 5 of them and love their versatility and ease of maintenance.
Forum: Equipment   09-29-2016, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By MChambers
1. See if the impeller is actually turning. ...

1. See if the impeller is actually turning. Take the head of the filter off, and plug it into an outlet briefly. If it's not turning, something could be stuck in there, such as a snail.

2. If...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-23-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 98
Posted By MChambers
You could make rooibos tea and use that. I've...

You could make rooibos tea and use that. I've done that with success. Here's an interesting article I happened to read this morning on the topic generally:

Guest Blog: Humic substances in...
Forum: Fish   09-23-2016, 12:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By MChambers
I have sponges over the intakes of my filters and...

I have sponges over the intakes of my filters and also have a fair amount of plants, but the tank isn't a jungle or anything like that.
Forum: Fish   09-22-2016, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By MChambers
I've got Diamond tetras breeding in a similar...

I've got Diamond tetras breeding in a similar tank. I never see the eggs, but every few weeks a little tetra shows up.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   09-20-2016, 01:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 671
Posted By MChambers
I've managed to clear duckweed out of several...

I've managed to clear duckweed out of several tanks recently, by reducing the number of floating plants and by dipping with a cup and pouring the water through a net. But it takes several...
Forum: Equipment   09-18-2016, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By MChambers
I'd just go with Poret and forget the filter...

I'd just go with Poret and forget the filter sheets, but I'm apparently less concerned with polishing the water. I find that the fine Poret (30PPI) works fine for polishing. I use Poret or similar...
Forum: Fish   09-12-2016, 03:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By MChambers
completely normal when they are introduced to a...

completely normal when they are introduced to a new tank.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   09-10-2016, 04:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By MChambers
Eheim Classic 2211 or 2213 (aka 250).

Eheim Classic 2211 or 2213 (aka 250).
Forum: Lighting   09-05-2016, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By MChambers
I have a 24/7 on a 10g with some medium light...

I have a 24/7 on a 10g with some medium light plants, and the plants seem happy.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-31-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 685
Posted By MChambers
Plasti dip, a spray on rubbery compound that can...

Plasti dip, a spray on rubbery compound that can be easily removed. I use it on several of my tanks. But it is paint-like, so maybe that's not an option for you.
Forum: Lighting   08-20-2016, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By MChambers
I've got two 24/7s on two different tanks, and...

I've got two 24/7s on two different tanks, and don't have all that much algae in either one, so I'm inclined to think it's not a problem. Small sample size, of course, and different conditions may...
Forum: Equipment   08-08-2016, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 317
Posted By MChambers
On the temperature part, get a controller, such...

On the temperature part, get a controller, such as one made by Finnex or Inkbird.

On the exploding part, yes, you want your heater to be plugged into an outlet that has a GFCI.
Forum: Equipment   07-26-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 330
Posted By MChambers
Eheim has some filters with built-in heaters. I...

Eheim has some filters with built-in heaters. I haven't used them. Might be easier, however, to use an in-line heater.
Forum: Equipment   07-26-2016, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 330
Posted By MChambers
I agree with the earlier answers. I really like...

I agree with the earlier answers. I really like my Eheim filters. I also really like my Cobalt EXT filters, which are the easiest canister filters for maintenance. For a 42 gallon tank, I'd go...
Forum: Lighting   07-23-2016, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Posted By MChambers
I'm no planted tank expert, but a Finnex Planted...

I'm no planted tank expert, but a Finnex Planted Plus 24/7 or a Current Satellite Plus should give you moderate light with a low profile. Actually, if your tank is 10" deep, they might be considered...
Forum: Equipment   07-20-2016, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By MChambers
I use a handheld infra thermometer when I want to...

I use a handheld infra thermometer when I want to measure the temperature in a tank, but I have 14 tanks.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-17-2016, 02:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,112
Posted By MChambers
Interesting questino

You've asked an interesting question and one that provokes very strong views, on both sides of the debate.

Some folks think that the waste accumulating in a canister is bad for water quality;...
Forum: Plants   07-16-2016, 10:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By MChambers
I don't think it needs to be on the plant very...

I don't think it needs to be on the plant very long. May hurt the plant, of course.
Forum: Plants   07-16-2016, 09:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By MChambers
You could try squirting hydrogen peroxide...

You could try squirting hydrogen peroxide directly on the plant.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-15-2016, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By MChambers
Smaller magnolia leaves would be good, if you can...

Smaller magnolia leaves would be good, if you can find them.
Forum: Equipment   07-13-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 561
Posted By MChambers
You want a very fine mesh bag, I think 200...

You want a very fine mesh bag, I think 200 microns. The Seachem bag is good. I haven't tried the bags on eBay, but they might work, too. Just don't get a normal mesh bag or you'll have Purigen all...
Forum: Equipment   07-12-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 6,648
Posted By MChambers
Brightwell

Sounds more like the Brightwell NitratR, which is regenerated using salt.
Forum: Equipment   07-06-2016, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By MChambers
It's generally considered to be best to reduce...

It's generally considered to be best to reduce the flow on the output and not the intake, to prevent cavitation. Don't know if this is really necessary, but I've always done it.
Forum: Equipment   06-25-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 605
Views: 24,476
Posted By MChambers
Mattenfilters are composed entirely of sponge...

Mattenfilters are composed entirely of sponge material. So sponge material is a form of biomedia.
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