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Forum: Substrate   01-04-2016, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Dave-H
Hi Paul - Was thinking this one might be best ,...

Hi Paul - Was thinking this one might be best , it has a reddish color but still seems quite light. Would you still think it might be so dark as to cause the fish to darken? thanks!

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Forum: Substrate   01-04-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 431
Posted By Dave-H
Hi Paul, Thanks for this input, I appreciate...

Hi Paul,

Thanks for this input, I appreciate it. I have a light colored background (3d rock) so if I use straight pool sand it will just be so... white! So, I'm hoping to bring some color into the...
Forum: Equipment   01-04-2016, 04:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Dave-H
Hmm.. now I'm a little worried that the 160 will...

Hmm.. now I'm a little worried that the 160 will turn my tank into a wind tunnel for the fish! I could always lessen the flow by breaking the output into two or using a lily pipe, etc. but maybe it's...
Forum: Equipment   01-04-2016, 03:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Dave-H
Nice, and the 160 is on sale. I wonder if that...

Nice, and the 160 is on sale. I wonder if that would be crazy overkill for a 54g tank, but it would certainly do the trick!

http://m.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=14672
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Forum: Equipment   01-03-2016, 09:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Dave-H
Honestly I'm not up for a DIY these days. I enjoy...

Honestly I'm not up for a DIY these days. I enjoy that stuff but I just don't want to invest my time that way this year - busy year for me and time is limited!

I can't find a better solution so Im...
Forum: Substrate   01-03-2016, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 431
Posted By Dave-H
Substrate for discus: an age-old dilemma

Hi all-

Ok, I've finally decided that I'm going to go for a discus tank this time around. It's only a 54g tank so I need to be careful, and it will take a while to establish the tank before I can...
Forum: Equipment   01-02-2016, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Dave-H
You know, I actually like the 'simple cannister...

You know, I actually like the 'simple cannister plus inline heater' approach better than what I suggested. (although I do love fancy, over engineered stuff!).

I worry a little about fitting the...
Forum: Equipment   01-02-2016, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Dave-H
Cannister filter with built-in heater - opinions?

Hi all-

I am doing a total restart of my 54g corner tank. I've broken it all down, cleaned it up, and now am rebuilding and it's getting exciting. My eheim 2217 had performed well, but the motor...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By Dave-H
I just broke down my whole tank for the first...

I just broke down my whole tank for the first time in 5 years, and I'm very glad I didn't put anything permanent in. I am thinking about putting some nylon needlepoint mesh in and trying to find a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By Dave-H
As much as I love great stuff expanding foam,...

As much as I love great stuff expanding foam, that sounds like a super permanent solution - right? It's stuck on there for live isn't it?

Also, if I put the filter intake back there, I want to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By Dave-H
how to keep fish from going behind 3d background?

Hi all

I just got my 3d background in the mail! It's amazing. I got it here: http://www.atg-scape.com/en/

I can't overstate how great it looks. Now I have to figure out how to best install it....
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-13-2015, 03:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 355
Posted By Dave-H
complete tear down or just massive cleanup?

hi all -

I have started the process of converting my planted community tank into an African Rift Lake biotype. I have a new background and substrate and I'm ready to get started.

There are a...
Forum: Fish   04-03-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Dave-H
thanks for that info... I actually saw them at...

thanks for that info...
I actually saw them at petsmart not to long ago, but they didn't look very good health wise.

Are there any species that have the best change of staying very small? It...
Forum: Fish   04-03-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Dave-H
Yea I get different reports on whether a bristle...

Yea I get different reports on whether a bristle nose will munch on plants.. As long as it's not too bad, I think I will be ok.
Forum: Fish   04-03-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Dave-H
That's ok with me - everyone in the tank munches...

That's ok with me - everyone in the tank munches on baby neocardinas and it seems to be making them all happier (except the neo's)
Forum: Fish   04-03-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Dave-H
sounds good to me. My tank is low tech, lots of...

sounds good to me. My tank is low tech, lots of bubbles so no o2 issue. I also put ken's veg/algae sticks in a lot to help the shrimp out, so probably the plec could eat that if he cleaned up...
Forum: Fish   04-03-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Dave-H
considering bristlenose

hi all -

I love the bristlenose plecos - they are so cool to look at and it would be great to have another algae eater in the tank. But I wonder:

- are there any that will stay small? What is...
Forum: Plants   04-03-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,048
Posted By Dave-H
This is great news for me. I think I'm going to...

This is great news for me. I think I'm going to pull my huge piece of driftwood right out of the tank, take the anubias off completely, trim this really nicely, then tie them back on. There are so...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-03-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By Dave-H
After 4 summers with the neo's I've noticed that...

After 4 summers with the neo's I've noticed that they just don't fare well during the summer. Many survive, but a lot don't and the population isn't stable. The shrimp aren't able to grow their...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-03-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By Dave-H
Actually I wouldn't :) I fought against this...

Actually I wouldn't :) I fought against this heat for a long time and fans/lights only did so much to help. I can bring it from like 84 to 80 if I leave the lights off completely (for weeks) and run...
Forum: Plants   04-03-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,048
Posted By Dave-H
Ahh interesting. If they only grow from the 'tip'...

Ahh interesting. If they only grow from the 'tip' I guess I can just cut it down and let it start it's journey again.

I like the roots, they look really cool and some of them are reaching like 8...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   04-03-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By Dave-H
warm water shrimp

Hi al -

My tank stays at around 75 during the winter, but it gets so hot here in Denver that sometimes in the winter it's over 80 for days or even a couple of weeks. I really don't want to have a...
Forum: Plants   04-03-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,048
Posted By Dave-H
anubias - how to trim/prune?

Hi all-

I put 3 little anubias on some driftwood a couple of years ago, and WOW they are huge now! I did a serious tank cleaning this week and the anubias have big stems like the width of a magic...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-30-2013, 04:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,318
Posted By Dave-H
I am really starting to think that I mostly have...

I am really starting to think that I mostly have a mulm problem. I agitated the substrate a bit and much more dusty stuff came out then usual. the whole tank looks a little bit dirty these days.
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   08-29-2013, 02:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,318
Posted By Dave-H
Interesting! I do have a bunch of MTS and...

Interesting!

I do have a bunch of MTS and ramshorns in the tank, and sometimes I see them cruising the brown stuff, but not that much interest. There is just one thing I REALLY don't like about...
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