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Forum: Equipment   04-10-2009, 09:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 23,958
Posted By Aqua Dave
The question you should be asking is why do you...

The question you should be asking is why do you need a trickle filter? Reef tanks use it for biological filtration. A planted tank should have enough surface area within the tank for bacteria that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-19-2008, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By Aqua Dave
A 20lb should last a long time unless you have...

A 20lb should last a long time unless you have some issue. You can get tanks on the Internet if you don't have a local supplier.

David
Forum: Equipment   05-14-2008, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,452
Posted By Aqua Dave
Both Home Depot and Lowes have a digital timer...

Both Home Depot and Lowes have a digital timer with a 3-prong outlet. I think it's $15-20. Plug a power strip into it and you're good to go. You don't need a top of the line strip, but something...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-14-2008, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,566
Posted By Aqua Dave
If you're using a regular overflow box with...

If you're using a regular overflow box with drilled holes for the drain and return do a search on "durso standpipe" or checkout this link to All-glass' Megaflow system. I have a 150gal All-glass...
Forum: Equipment   05-12-2008, 09:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,331
Posted By Aqua Dave
I put a couple of the Koralia's in my 150g...

I put a couple of the Koralia's in my 150g exactly for the purpose of water movement. I put one on each end of the tank angling down and across the front of the tank. It works very well. I like...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   05-12-2008, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,566
Posted By Aqua Dave
Sump pros: less equipment in tank, constant water...

Sump pros: less equipment in tank, constant water level in tank, surface skimming, oxygenation of water, more water, customizable system

Sump cons: real-estate taken up in tank by overflows,...
Forum: Equipment   04-28-2008, 09:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By Aqua Dave
Going nuclear seems to be the failure mode for...

Going nuclear seems to be the failure mode for those type heaters. I've had a couple, including an Ebo Jager, do it. Luckily I caught it fairly early both times before any damage was done. I do...
Forum: DIY   03-21-2008, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,389
Posted By Aqua Dave
The key is having the water empty from the tank...

The key is having the water empty from the tank as far below the surface in the sump as possible. I have PVC pipes that run to the bottom of the sump. Minimizing turbulence in the overflow also...
Forum: DIY   03-21-2008, 10:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,157
Posted By Aqua Dave
A sump is essientially a wet/dry, without the dry...

A sump is essientially a wet/dry, without the dry portion. The part where the water trickles down over bio-balls in a wet/dry is the part missing from a sump. You can still have bio-balls in a...
Forum: DIY   03-07-2008, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By Aqua Dave
I haven't seen any sumps with bulkheads on the...

I haven't seen any sumps with bulkheads on the bottom since most people put their sump underneath their aquarium inside the stand. I just vacuum the bottom of my sump every month or so.

I have...
Forum: DIY   03-06-2008, 10:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 721
Posted By Aqua Dave
Looks ok. Bio-balls aren't really needed in a...

Looks ok. Bio-balls aren't really needed in a medium to heavily planted tank, but shouldn't hurt anything. I only have mechanical filtration in my sump. I'll add in chemical after I dose meds, but...
Forum: Fish   03-05-2008, 06:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,024
Posted By Aqua Dave
I use small pieces of wood, typically the root...

I use small pieces of wood, typically the root type stuff, as side supports and then put a piece of slate on top to make the roof. Larger pieces of wood that have natural caves under them work well...
Forum: Lighting   03-05-2008, 06:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 687
Posted By Aqua Dave
The stuff I've read said that a metal halide was...

The stuff I've read said that a metal halide was good for about a 2' X 2' area. This depends on height above the water, tank depth, reflector configuration, etc., but that was the general number I...
Forum: Equipment   03-05-2008, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,401
Posted By Aqua Dave
The overflow box will be siliconed on. Removing...

The overflow box will be siliconed on. Removing it shouldn't be too difficult. You might be able to just pull it off. If not, you can try cutting through it with a utility knife or even using one...
Forum: Equipment   03-05-2008, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 882
Posted By Aqua Dave
I'd think you'd need a lot of juice for an 11ft...

I'd think you'd need a lot of juice for an 11ft head. Remember that the gph goes down on most pumps as the head increases so you need to match up the gph you want along with the head. The external...
Forum: Lighting   02-28-2008, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,862
Posted By Aqua Dave
Is your tank open-top or do you have glass tops? ...

Is your tank open-top or do you have glass tops? I have the glass-tops on my 150 and just built a light box vs a full hood. It's just wide enough to fit in the AH reflectors. I had enough space to...
Forum: Plants   02-18-2008, 09:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 743
Posted By Aqua Dave
I would guess lack of Nitrate, phosphate, or...

I would guess lack of Nitrate, phosphate, or both. You can dose to the water column or add something to the substrate since, as mentioned, swords can root feed. I'd recommend getting some dry ferts...
Forum: Fish   02-15-2008, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By Aqua Dave
Otos don't seem to eat food put in the tank. ...

Otos don't seem to eat food put in the tank. They mostly seem to just eat the algae. There's another recent thread on them, but if they look plump then they are getting enough to eat.

What...
Forum: Plants   02-11-2008, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By Aqua Dave
Adding the Prime while adding the new water to...

Adding the Prime while adding the new water to the tank is fine. That's how I do it on my 150 and is probably how most people do it. I add it in 3 separate doses. One when I start to add the...
Forum: Equipment   01-04-2008, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 33,683
Posted By Aqua Dave
Remember that you don't want to be using carbon...

Remember that you don't want to be using carbon if you're dosing ferts. It will suck the ferts out of the water. Renew or Purigen are alternatives that people have used in planted tanks.

David
Forum: Fish   12-21-2007, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By Aqua Dave
If it's just angels I'd say 10-12. Less if you...

If it's just angels I'd say 10-12. Less if you have other fish. My experience with angels is that you never know what is going to happen. You could have 10 and they might beat the crap out of each...
Forum: Fish   11-07-2007, 06:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,406
Posted By Aqua Dave
Everything I've ever read says you need some wood...

Everything I've ever read says you need some wood in the tank for plecos. I have two clown plecos in my 150 gal tank with three large pieces of wood and they are constantly rasping on the wood. ...
Forum: DIY   11-01-2007, 09:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,742
Posted By Aqua Dave
A table saw with a fine toothed blade worked...

A table saw with a fine toothed blade worked great for me. Just take it slow. I suck at cutting straight lines with a hand tool so the table saw was the trick for me.

Fshfanatic, what thickness...
Forum: Equipment   11-01-2007, 09:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,172
Posted By Aqua Dave
I run mine full-time with no issues. Turning on...

I run mine full-time with no issues. Turning on and off the bulb will actually shorten the life of it more than just leaving it on. May not be an issue if you just do it once every week or two...
Forum: Equipment   10-31-2007, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 982
Posted By Aqua Dave
It all depends on the gph. My tank has two...

It all depends on the gph. My tank has two overflows, each with a 1" drain and 3/4" return. This is a standard All-glass reef tank. Each overflow is rated for 600 gph.

I think you'd be fine...
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