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Forum: DIY Today, 03:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 293
Posted By PlantedRich
Before anybody gets too worried about this item,...

Before anybody gets too worried about this item, a little info may help. Septic tanks use bacteria to process the waste much like the bacteria in our tanks do it. The bacteria can be killed by very...
Forum: Lighting Today, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By PlantedRich
Twisty CFL are not as efficient as straight,...

Twisty CFL are not as efficient as straight, however that is only the tip of the story. If you can buy six twisty for the price of one straight, you may still be better off?
I would stick with the...
Forum: Equipment Today, 03:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By PlantedRich
I think that is a good choice. I have had a quite...

I think that is a good choice. I have had a quite a number of canisters as I have often swapped and changed tanks and got equipment. Over the long haul, I've gotten rid of all the canisters except...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 03:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 142
Posted By PlantedRich
You are correct to go carefully when thinking of...

You are correct to go carefully when thinking of lights. It is one of the most overtalked items. You can very easily get too much spent as well as get too much light. Think balance when gearing up....
Forum: DIY Today, 01:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 293
Posted By PlantedRich
Put a spreader on the end. A few CPVC or PVC...

Put a spreader on the end. A few CPVC or PVC parts so that the water comes out of a tee rather than straight down to the bottom. An el works but go for the tee as it spreads the output two...
Forum: Lighting Today, 01:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By PlantedRich
I would not be concerned about the water as I use...

I would not be concerned about the water as I use twisty CFL without protection. I find the glass portion runs cool enough that it doesn't shatter when hit with water like the older bulbs might. The...
Forum: Equipment Today, 01:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 77
Posted By PlantedRich
Power consumed and type of plug will depend on...

Power consumed and type of plug will depend on where you buy the filter. One bought for EU use will be designed for their standard power and run on 50 hertz while US design will be for 60 HZ with...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By PlantedRich
I did not mean that they were a conflict. Just...

I did not mean that they were a conflict. Just that it tells you one how much lower is recommended and the second indicates the canister can , in fact, set next to the tank rather than under. In many...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 273
Posted By PlantedRich
Note: Never ship fish during Christmas rush!!!...

Note: Never ship fish during Christmas rush!!! Delayed delivery is the norm in much of the shipping world.
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By PlantedRich
When is a tank not a work in progress? I assume...

When is a tank not a work in progress? I assume that fish will grow and change just as plants grow and change so I accept that I will need to make changes as the balance of things changes. Moving...
Forum: Equipment Yesterday, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By PlantedRich
If you have this manual: ...

If you have this manual:
http://www.manualslib.com/manual/392181/Eheim-2215.html?page=3#manual

Take a look at page 3, Items "D" and "H"?
First says 10 CM below water level and second shows...
Forum: Equipment 12-15-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 168
Posted By PlantedRich
Might be worthwhile to look at the spot where the...

Might be worthwhile to look at the spot where the little neck fitting comes out of the can as I find this is a spot where a piece of the hard media can get in and hide. It will let water pass when...
Forum: Fish 12-15-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 568
Posted By PlantedRich
Use caution when building the bottle trap. If you...

Use caution when building the bottle trap. If you don't add some holes for water circulation, it can kill any fish trapped inside when the water gets stale. And yes, it can go stale pretty quickly if...
Forum: Equipment 12-15-2014, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 278
Posted By PlantedRich
I like the smaller size as I don't want it to...

I like the smaller size as I don't want it to blow stuff off the bottom into the water, only to move it along. Then if one is not enough, I go for a second. If I use a single one to blow enough to...
Forum: Fish 12-14-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By PlantedRich
Peas will not hurt but then it needs to be done...

Peas will not hurt but then it needs to be done with some moderation. I don't think it will help in this case as the stomach on fish doesn't extend over the spine. A point I do notice is that there...
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 303
Posted By PlantedRich
I do not worry the issue beyond making sure the...

I do not worry the issue beyond making sure the oils and such which might be left from making the container are gone. A light soak with bleach water removes any of that.
In theory, there might be...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 12-14-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By PlantedRich
The copper is not as likely to be a problem as...

The copper is not as likely to be a problem as the softener. The soft water will be pretty well stripped of calcium and magnesium. I think those are needed for the shell???
Forum: DIY 12-14-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,336
Posted By PlantedRich
Okay, that helps a bit. Heat transfer is still an...

Okay, that helps a bit. Heat transfer is still an open question for me.
Reason for asking if it is the material or amount of surface is this thinking.
If we have a flat surface we can get more...
Forum: Fish 12-14-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 268
Posted By PlantedRich
Do you see the male make passes over the eggs to...

Do you see the male make passes over the eggs to fertilize them? It is still possible for them to be two female even though they do fan them and act as a couple might. If they are truly a M/F pair,...
Forum: Fish 12-14-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 327
Posted By PlantedRich
If you feel a tingle when you touch the water, I...

If you feel a tingle when you touch the water, I might look at the electrical question but if not, I would put that way down the list of potential causes. There are so many really common causes that...
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,333
Posted By PlantedRich
ERR??? Big question? Are you looking at using...

ERR??? Big question? Are you looking at using this solenoid which is very old style when there is a much better Clippard solenoid available? This is not a good Clippard solenoid that I would...
Forum: Fish 12-14-2014, 03:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 268
Posted By PlantedRich
Some questions might help? Some things that can...

Some questions might help? Some things that can go wrong but not be real easy to spot for new breeders. Any chance that there are other fish like catfish who are eating the eggs? Certain that they...
Forum: Equipment 12-14-2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By PlantedRich
It means the water is flowing back as it absorbs...

It means the water is flowing back as it absorbs the gas. Not much else there?
But where you put the check valve is not really that important as long as it is between the water and the stuff you...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-13-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By PlantedRich
I'm not as concerned about the metals as the...

I'm not as concerned about the metals as the effect it can have on filtering and nitrate. We all have somewhat limited amounts of filtering and places for the good bacteria to hang out. One reason...
Forum: Aquascaping 12-13-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By PlantedRich
Yes, you can get very different things to happen...

Yes, you can get very different things to happen in different water. One thing to know that may change the answer is that the rocks may start out with some loose dirt and dust on the surface. If you...
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