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Forum: Tank Journals   04-09-2017, 09:52 PM
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Posted By bpb
Appreciate the reply. I am running co2. But my...

Appreciate the reply. I am running co2. But my schedule has all but destroyed any water change regiment I may have been keeping to, so at this point I've been topping off with Rodi and dosing...
Forum: Tank Journals   04-09-2017, 09:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,021
Posted By bpb
Another check in. Couple FTS pics from the two...

Another check in. Couple FTS pics from the two tanks. Nothing new. Just grow. Chop. Grow. Chop. Recently had our third baby and this many has REALLY done a number on my ability to maintain...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-21-2017, 12:18 PM
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Views: 5,591
Posted By bpb
Does anyone here have a reef(saltwater) tank in addition to a planted tank?

I can't speak for shift, but pricing and speed of growth are absolutely all over the map. Both from an average value standpoint, and individual vendor price points. There are some corals that can...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   03-21-2017, 11:01 AM
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Posted By bpb
Sharing mine as well. 90 gallon reef tank ...

Sharing mine as well. 90 gallon reef tank
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Forum: Tank Journals   03-18-2017, 04:54 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 68,311
Posted By bpb
I read the 45 degree beam angle comment but even...

I read the 45 degree beam angle comment but even still that's really high up. Clearly it works I'm just surprised it works


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Forum: Tank Journals   03-18-2017, 04:13 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 68,311
Posted By bpb
I'm amazed you get enough par with the light...

I'm amazed you get enough par with the light mounted that high. I have a buildmyled Dutch xb directly on the tank rim, at 100%, and my rotala doesn't get red until it touches the surface


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Forum: Tank Journals   02-08-2017, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 507
Posted By bpb
My mistake missing that part of the post. Look...

My mistake missing that part of the post. Look forward to seeing another fellow 75 gallon tank come into the fold


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Forum: Tank Journals   02-08-2017, 09:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 507
Posted By bpb
My 75 Gallon build.

Bingo. Glad someone said something before pics of the tank on that stand showed up. While the above stand is probably unnecessarily over built (I like it though), the important thing to note is...
Forum: Tank Journals   02-07-2017, 01:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,021
Posted By bpb
It's common place for some but I'm still excited...

It's common place for some but I'm still excited to have my first actual carpet in a tank in my 9 years in this hobby. DHG literally growing perfectly. Perfect height and density.
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Forum: Tank Journals   01-31-2017, 02:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,021
Posted By bpb
Thanks for stopping by! Genuinely glad to have...

Thanks for stopping by! Genuinely glad to have been able to help someone just through observation alone if nothing else.

I honestly think from an intensity standpoint 2 bulbs alone is...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-22-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,021
Posted By bpb
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170122/3a699a11...

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Growth still doing very well. Even after just a few days. I see some trimming in my future


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Forum: Tank Journals   01-20-2017, 02:24 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,021
Posted By bpb
Very nice man. If there's one thing I've learned...

Very nice man. If there's one thing I've learned in my 10 years in this hobby, it's to listen to what your tank tells you and act accordingly. I know that's kind of cryptic and perhaps an over...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-17-2017, 03:12 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,021
Posted By bpb
Thanks for the kind words! I really did want...

Thanks for the kind words! I really did want to give up. It's been so hard and such a long time coming before I finally caught my stride on this tank. Which has been especially frustrating...
Forum: Tank Journals   01-15-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,021
Posted By bpb
WOW it's been a while since an update. My...

WOW it's been a while since an update.

My substrate became problematic. The amount of organic matter was just uncontrollable. No matter how high I ran co2, how much excel I dosed, how low I...
Forum: Equipment   12-05-2016, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 365
Posted By bpb
As my previous thread mentioned, my long running...

As my previous thread mentioned, my long running eheim 2217 just decided to go down for the big long sleep, and being holiday time and money super tight (actually contemplated taking the tank down...
Forum: Equipment   12-05-2016, 02:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By bpb
Well... took the filter out to clean the impeller...

Well... took the filter out to clean the impeller and decided to test out the sound level by plugging it in with no impeller. No sound. So I cleaned it and reassembled and now it won't fire up at...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 03:55 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,633
Posted By bpb
I slowly sprinkle it dry into the powerhead which...

I slowly sprinkle it dry into the powerhead which sprays it clear across the top of the tank and evenly dusts the entire footprint. Like a crop dusting plane if that makes sense. Most dissolves...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 03:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,633
Posted By bpb
Heard that. I can't always spare the hour it...

Heard that. I can't always spare the hour it takes to do a 40 gallon water change. When that happens. I just back off on my dosing. I'll skip doses or reduce the amount down to 1/2 or less until...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 03:05 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,633
Posted By bpb
Thanks! It's presented its stresses and...

Thanks! It's presented its stresses and challenges but I'm rolling with it. I was at a crossroads. Nearly quit the hobby I was so frustrated with low tech. Decided to go all in and it has worked...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-20-2016, 02:55 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,633
Posted By bpb
I'll preface by saying even currently my tank...

I'll preface by saying even currently my tank struggles and I'm in no way proud of it. But I feel I can contribute to this topic. Also...co2 had a huge hand in this. But I assume anyone running...
Forum: Equipment   11-13-2016, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By bpb
Now that's an idea. Plug in the head with no...

Now that's an idea. Plug in the head with no inpeller. I will try that this week. If it still makes the sound I'll start shopping for a replacement. If not, new impeller/shaft/bushings it is

...
Forum: Equipment   11-13-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By bpb
Eheim 2217 on last leg

I've had this eheim 2217 running close to 10 years now. Previous owner had it for who knows how long. I clean it every 3-6 months or so. I'll be honest it sounds like a motorcycle at this point. ...
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 282
Posted By bpb
I posted the original post before discovering...

I posted the original post before discovering their horticultural site still had the dimmer available. I'll just call them and order one. A lot faster and easier than figuring out how to make one....
Forum: Lighting   11-07-2016, 01:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 282
Posted By bpb
I found them on their website but no way to...

I found them on their website but no way to order. I may just roll with the single unit and see how it does. I had forgotten how much more visually dim LEDs are than bulbs. I know the par is...
Forum: Lighting   11-04-2016, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 252
Posted By bpb
Definitely have to just scour the web to find a...

Definitely have to just scour the web to find a used one somewhere. You could also pick up one of their horticultural strips. They still produce those


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