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Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 03-26-2015, 10:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By lochaber
creeping ficus might work, but I don't know if it...

creeping ficus might work, but I don't know if it would give you the look you want. A lot of times it's just a loose bush, but eventually it will start growing viny creepers that cling to walls.
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Forum: DIY 03-25-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 378
Posted By lochaber
I've used epoxy that I picked up at a plastic...

I've used epoxy that I picked up at a plastic supplier, if you are doing something big, that might be the cheapest way to go.

I've also used the stuff that they sell in art stores, or in the...
Forum: Substrate 03-25-2015, 10:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 240
Posted By lochaber
I set up a tank unsifted, and it was fine. A few...

I set up a tank unsifted, and it was fine. A few months in, I started to notice a couple odd bits of bark/wood/sticks on the substrate surface, but it didn't really bother me, and actually kinda...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-25-2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By lochaber
I'd try soaking/boiling. I can't say for...

I'd try soaking/boiling. I can't say for certain, but I suspect most of the toxins would be in the sap, bark, and leaves.

Although, I don't think that's true wood, so it may break down quicker,...
Forum: DIY 03-24-2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 378
Posted By lochaber
I don't have any tanks currently set up with this...

I don't have any tanks currently set up with this method, but I've done a few in the past.

I really like just using epoxy mixed with sand, and then coating the styrofoam with that. It's fairly...
Forum: Aquascaping 03-24-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 118
Posted By lochaber
I think the specific gravity of limestone tends...

I think the specific gravity of limestone tends to be a bit under 3ish, so a 1 gallon chunk would weigh around 20ish lbs, give or take?

not sure if that would be helpful at all
Forum: Substrate 03-24-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 240
Posted By lochaber
I think they usually have the volume in quarts on...

I think they usually have the volume in quarts on the bag somewhere.

231 cubic inches in a gallon, so 24x48x1=1152, just shy of 5 gallons (20 quarts)

might want to get a bit more if you plan on...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 435
Posted By lochaber
I'm running an old Marineland eclipse hood, so if...

I'm running an old Marineland eclipse hood, so if it's a small amount, I usually just pour it into the filter area.

It's a bit clumsy, but I took an old plastic cup, cut/punched a bunch of holes...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 12:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By lochaber
Diana already covered what I was going to say. ...

Diana already covered what I was going to say.

I'd mostly be concerned about the latex in the sap, and want to do a pretty thorough soaking, maybe a boiling as well.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By lochaber
Unless there is a gawdawful amount of air...

Unless there is a gawdawful amount of air pollution in your area, collected rain water should be fine.

If you can, poke around in some books or websites about green/sustainable/alternative...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-19-2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 722
Posted By lochaber
I don't really know the specifics, I just have a...

I don't really know the specifics, I just have a pretty general layman's understanding of it (I think?(hope?))...

I think a lot of people with the big tanks have set them up with rocks on a bare...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-18-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 722
Posted By lochaber
tempered glass is strong because there are...

tempered glass is strong because there are different stresses on the glass from undergoing a special heating/cooling process. The side windows of cars (and often things like shower doors, sliding...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-17-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 722
Posted By lochaber
Ceramic tile, terra cotta, slate, and granite are...

Ceramic tile, terra cotta, slate, and granite are all fine.

I'd avoid marble and travertine, because these are carbonates, and depending on your water parameters, may raise hardness and pH.
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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-17-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 210
Posted By lochaber
I'd go with an epoxy. Just get some 30-minute or...

I'd go with an epoxy. Just get some 30-minute or whatever (I'm not sure 5-minute would be enough working time for me), and scuff up the pvc real good with sandpaper before hand, smear the epoxy on,...
Forum: Equipment 03-16-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 365
Posted By lochaber
I'd check to see if there is anything like a...

I'd check to see if there is anything like a salvage yard in your area. A few years back, I picked up two 3' square pieces just over 1/4" for ~$20. carrying them home was a bit of work :)

For a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-16-2015, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 192
Posted By lochaber
soluble is a relative term... Anyways,...

soluble is a relative term...

Anyways, dolomite is somewhat less soluble then calcite, which is somewhat less soluble then aragonite.

for what you want to do, it should work fine. plus, the...
Forum: Substrate 03-13-2015, 11:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By lochaber
A long time ago, I used some planting medium that...

A long time ago, I used some planting medium that involved some vermiculite amongst other ingredients I can't remember.

I think it was just stuff I put in a peat-pot and buried in the substrate,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 03-12-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 295
Posted By lochaber
Check with a plastic supplier. I'm not sure...

Check with a plastic supplier. I'm not sure about 1 ml, but I know they often have various sized pumps to dispense a set amount with each use.

If you are willing to spend a ridiculous amount of...
Forum: Equipment 03-12-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 378
Posted By lochaber
You would have to be a lot more careful with it,...

You would have to be a lot more careful with it, but if you cut the lid to pretty much exactly the outside dimensions of the tank, and then set the stoppers just inside, it would probably work the...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 03-12-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,068
Posted By lochaber
A bit of a generalization, but ammonia comes from...

A bit of a generalization, but ammonia comes from proteins breaking down, and there aren't many proteins (or nitrogen in general) in wood, bark, and peat. Wood, bark, and peat (I think, I'm less...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-12-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 682
Posted By lochaber
Get a couple/few nerite snails. Two in a...

Get a couple/few nerite snails.

Two in a 10 gallon keep my glass almost spotless.
Forum: Riparium/Terrarium/Vivarium 03-12-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By lochaber
what's the background/waterfall made of? ...

what's the background/waterfall made of?

but, yeah, I would suspect fungus. maybe try breaking a piece of it off and examining it?
Forum: Substrate 03-12-2015, 01:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 339
Posted By lochaber
I've noticed what GraphicGr8s on really dry...

I've noticed what GraphicGr8s on really dry potting soil. Peat can hold a lot of water, but if it's not slightly moist/damp, it's going to take a long time to absorb it.

Before I set up a dirted...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-12-2015, 01:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By lochaber
I don't think I would like the mirror-backed...

I don't think I would like the mirror-backed look, but that's a personal preference.

If I did, I'd probably try some of the metallic chrome spray-paint and see how that looks...
Forum: DIY 03-09-2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By lochaber
No idea where to get them, but labs usually have...

No idea where to get them, but labs usually have a lot of tiny sinks...
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