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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-17-2016, 11:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 674
Posted By smackpixi
Unclean filters are nitrate factories. This is a...

Unclean filters are nitrate factories. This is a problem in any saltwater setup, that's why they don't use canisters. It's a problem in a fish only freshwater, need to clean the filter, often. ...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   07-17-2016, 08:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 685
Posted By smackpixi
I have 6 year old pieces of Mopani that still...

I have 6 year old pieces of Mopani that still leach tannins. That's either a feature or a problem depending on what you want in your tank.
Forum: Finnex   07-16-2016, 07:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,151
Posted By smackpixi
Finnex Latitude. Enter a degree of latitude and...

Finnex Latitude. Enter a degree of latitude and date. Light mimics daylight on a 365 day calendar for that part of the globe.
Forum: DIY   12-29-2013, 04:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,122
Posted By smackpixi
Using a LED TV to light an aquarium

So, a couple weeks ago, my cat, possibly the most annoying cat in the world, was pissing me off. I yelled at it and chucked the tv remote at it. The remote bounced off the bookcase she was on...
Forum: Equipment   12-03-2011, 01:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,536
Posted By smackpixi
Just a question. If the pillars are "square",...

Just a question. If the pillars are "square", I'm assuming flat sides. Are they ornamental at all? If they're just drywall boxes around structural support columns, why not just increase the width...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-20-2011, 02:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By smackpixi
Before water change: 80 mg/l + Water in: 0 mg/l...

Before water change: 80 mg/l +
Water in: 0 mg/l
After 80% water change (only 80, forgot about water in filters): 15 mg/l
One hour later: A little over 20 mg/l believe.
8 hours later: 40-80 mg/l...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-17-2011, 03:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By smackpixi
The vermiculite doesn't float. I soak it before...

The vermiculite doesn't float. I soak it before using (soaked for a month actually). I don't go digging in the substrate, so it stays under the sand. The vermiculite that did get to the surface...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-15-2011, 01:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By smackpixi
I should add that I tested the water out of the...

I should add that I tested the water out of the tap to check that, and my test, and it did not show abnormal nitrates.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   08-15-2011, 01:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By smackpixi
Nitrates out of control in low-tech tank...is it the Osmocote?

I set up a 55g low-tech tank in April. It was really a complete re-do of an existing tank because I moved. Heavilly planted with ferns, crypts, and a sword. 1.75 wpg of T8s.

I put in some...
Forum: Equipment   05-14-2011, 01:54 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,690
Posted By smackpixi
Repeat of original thread: "2 x 2215 Eheim...

Repeat of original thread:

"2 x 2215 Eheim canisters cleaned every six months, rinse ceramic tubes with luke warm water, rinse blue pad same way, same for gravel like stuff, new white pad, I will...
Forum: Equipment   05-14-2011, 01:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,534
Posted By smackpixi
More money than sense.

More money than sense.
Forum: Equipment   05-14-2011, 12:44 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 94,234
Posted By smackpixi
You guys are kidding me right?!??! All this...

You guys are kidding me right?!??! All this obsessive mod idea goings on does is scare people away from a filter. If you have to worry about cracking the lid to this filter you're doing something...
Forum: Equipment   05-14-2011, 12:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,690
Posted By smackpixi
Clean your filter. Hold the output over a 5 gal...

Clean your filter. Hold the output over a 5 gal bucket. Time how long it takes to fill. Once a month test again. When it takes 2x as long to fill the bucket, clean the filter.

Or that's what...
Forum: Equipment   05-14-2011, 12:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 946
Posted By smackpixi
There is no sense to manufacturer's tank size...

There is no sense to manufacturer's tank size ratings on their filters. There's also no sense to people who say tank water should be turned over 10x/hour. There's none also on "ever since I started...
Forum: Lighting   01-08-2011, 10:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,450
Posted By smackpixi
Hoppy, T5HO lights aren't putting out more lumens...

Hoppy, T5HO lights aren't putting out more lumens per watt than T8s. They are just doing it in a smaller space. You're really saying that his T5s are putting out, watt for watt, TWICE AS MUCH LIGHT...
Forum: Lighting   01-08-2011, 09:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,450
Posted By smackpixi
You're only at 2wpg by the old standard, this...

You're only at 2wpg by the old standard, this does not strike me as freaky high lighting needing the reaction that captian_bu gave.

Still, you probably need to add more CO2, but you don't have...
Forum: Equipment   01-08-2011, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 746
Posted By smackpixi
In my experience, BBA is ignorant of water flow,...

In my experience, BBA is ignorant of water flow, it might actually like it. It's an issue with lights/ferts/CO2 ratio more likely. BBA has grown all over my Koralias.
Forum: Equipment   01-08-2011, 08:41 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 94,234
Posted By smackpixi
winthrop...there are two popular mods to use,...

winthrop...there are two popular mods to use, take your pick.

First is the traditional, hook up plumbing to the pump intake so it draws from the bottom of the bucket. Fill the bucket with...
Forum: Fish   01-08-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 886
Posted By smackpixi
Is there any fish that is CO2 sensitive? The...

Is there any fish that is CO2 sensitive? The magic of putting more CO2 in a WELL planted tank is that the end result is actually more O2, oxygen, in the water from the plants. So much so that the...
Forum: Substrate   01-08-2011, 07:26 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 8,300
Posted By smackpixi
Edit...wow did not notice the other 4 pages of...

Edit...wow did not notice the other 4 pages of posts after the first. feel free to delete.
Forum: Substrate   01-08-2011, 07:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 428
Posted By smackpixi
A second to Laura. No, there's no "magic" in the...

A second to Laura. No, there's no "magic" in the water. As Laura said, supposedly some good bacteria in the water. Which is nice, helps cycling i suppose. But not any different than Seachem...
Forum: Substrate   01-08-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 807
Posted By smackpixi
Not really a monopoly, but yeah, what he said. ...

Not really a monopoly, but yeah, what he said. I, however, am in favor of more "farm" raised fish and less wild caught. Really don't think the death of the LFS has any impact on that though. It's...
Forum: Substrate   01-08-2011, 06:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 708
Posted By smackpixi
You will solve your struggling root feeding plant...

You will solve your struggling root feeding plant problem by feeding the roots as mentioned. Macro nutrient root tabs. Or Osmocote fertsicles, or in gel caps. And, of course, you did not mention,...
Forum: Substrate   01-08-2011, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,400
Posted By smackpixi
Eco. Go with anything that comes wet and doesn't...

Eco. Go with anything that comes wet and doesn't need rinsing. Made by the same company though. Go to the Caribsea.com website and they highlight the differences.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   01-08-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,103
Posted By smackpixi
Yes, every day. That's how often. That said,...

Yes, every day. That's how often. That said, you can sleep in now and then, maybe skip a day, and the system won't collapse.

I found the same thing about phosphates as well (not the GSA, just...
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