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Forum: DIY 05-24-2011, 02:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,768
Posted By bigtex52
I would wait for the test kit. The components in...

I would wait for the test kit. The components in an ammonia test kit are contact hazardous plus it would be very tough to calibrate IMHO. 2 part solution: part 1: 90% polyethylene glycol and 10%...
Forum: DIY 05-04-2011, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,332
Posted By bigtex52
Monofilament fishing line over time hardens and...

Monofilament fishing line over time hardens and turns brittle (not sure whether it is from exposure to UV or ozone in the air, or whether it is like some plastics that dry out over time by...
Forum: Equipment 05-04-2011, 02:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 829
Posted By bigtex52
Retubing is probably the easiest and least...

Retubing is probably the easiest and least complicated option. To get the 16mm id tubing over the 3/4" barb, simply soak the end of it in hot water for a minute or so and it will slip right on.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-21-2011, 09:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By bigtex52
I would venture a guess that your "large piece of...

I would venture a guess that your "large piece of drift wood" might be the culprit. Is it releasing tannin? (tinting your water brown or yellow).
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2011, 04:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By bigtex52
You can find cheap ones on ebay as xmas_one...

You can find cheap ones on ebay as xmas_one mentioned above from HongKong and Taiwan, but they have never lasted very long for me. With probes, you pretty much have to pay for what you end up with. I...
Forum: DIY 04-15-2011, 03:21 PM
Replies: 766
Views: 165,865
Posted By bigtex52
I continue to have small bubbles ejected from...

I continue to have small bubbles ejected from mine. I have tried sponges, bio balls and nothing with the same results. I have this on the return flow of an Eheim 2080. Could the amount of flow be my...
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2011, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By bigtex52
Pricey, but dead accurate. I used one on a...

Pricey, but dead accurate. I used one on a calcium reactor when I was in SW and it is steady as a rock. I wish I had it back now.
Forum: Equipment 04-05-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By bigtex52
I have seen anything from 6% to 20% loss cited...

I have seen anything from 6% to 20% loss cited from using standard standard vinyl tubing over co2 resistant, but if used between your regulator and reactor/diffuser it would be much less since that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-31-2011, 08:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,325
Posted By bigtex52
I have used http://www.reefgeek.com with good...

I have used http://www.reefgeek.com with good results.
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 03-30-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 986
Posted By bigtex52
+1 on the don't post pics. Too much reality these...

+1 on the don't post pics. Too much reality these days..... Sorry for your mishap
Forum: DIY 03-21-2011, 07:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,699
Posted By bigtex52
One thing I failed to consider in going to a...

One thing I failed to consider in going to a rimless is that if you want to go with a glass top , a rimless tank has no lip to support it. :\
Forum: DIY 03-21-2011, 07:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,699
Posted By bigtex52
I have a 120 that has always been rimless. It's...

I have a 120 that has always been rimless. It's 1/2" glass though, so should be good and strong....I hope! :eek5:
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-14-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 439
Posted By bigtex52
My bad, I had it backwards, Soda Ash raises pH...

My bad, I had it backwards, Soda Ash raises pH more than Baking Soda. I remember dosing Soda Ash if KH and pH were both lower than desired, Baking Soda if KH low and pH normal to high. They will both...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-14-2011, 05:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 439
Posted By bigtex52
I don't know if the chemistry works the same in...

I don't know if the chemistry works the same in FW as SW, but to raise KH without raising pH very much, you would use BAKED baking soda (also known as soda ash) instead of the old generic Arm and...
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