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Forum: DIY 07-03-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By Powchekny
For groundwater from your sump pump, I'd only...

For groundwater from your sump pump, I'd only worry about hardness (probably not an issue if you're pumping recent rain water), fertilizers, herbicides, and fungicides from agriculture and lawns, and...
Forum: DIY 07-03-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By Powchekny
Diana is right. I think I'm pretty paranoid...

Diana is right. I think I'm pretty paranoid about this stuff, but I really doubt this would be a problem. Especially not if the shingles are a few years old.

You have to remember that time is...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 05-26-2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Powchekny
Another vote for the giant redwoods, if you can...

Another vote for the giant redwoods, if you can make it that far north. Seeing pictures in no way prepares you for the awe that you may feel standing at the base of a 300 foot plus tree.
Forum: Equipment 05-08-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By Powchekny
That does look really flimsy to me. I'm no...

That does look really flimsy to me. I'm no structural engineer, but it seems like they sacrificed structure for style.
Forum: Fish 05-07-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 388
Posted By Powchekny
Congos are among the most beautiful fish, in my...

Congos are among the most beautiful fish, in my opinion.
Forum: Equipment 04-29-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By Powchekny
Put a rubber mouse pad underneath it?

Put a rubber mouse pad underneath it?
Forum: Algae 04-29-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By Powchekny
I hate that stuff, but I have to say it looks...

I hate that stuff, but I have to say it looks sort of cool on the wood.
Forum: Equipment 04-23-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Posted By Powchekny
Two smaller heaters is better in terms of fault...

Two smaller heaters is better in terms of fault tolerance if one gets stuck. One bad, small heater will overheat your tank more slowly if the thermostat fails in the "ON" position. And as you...
Forum: Algae 04-20-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By Powchekny
Nice photo. What did you use?

Nice photo. What did you use?
Forum: Aquascaping 04-20-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 356
Posted By Powchekny
I've never heard of anything like this. That...

I've never heard of anything like this. That stuff sold as "Malaysian driftwood" is so hard and dense that I can't imagine it decaying noticeably over a short time frame (though you don't mention...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-19-2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 939
Posted By Powchekny
Good thing you asked. I'm going to bet it fails...

Good thing you asked. I'm going to bet it fails somehow before you've got your tank halfway filled.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-18-2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 662
Posted By Powchekny
It's never even occurred to me to have an air...

It's never even occurred to me to have an air pump in my 40 Long. I have good circulation and I've never had even a hint of a problem with the fish getting enough oxygen; not even when it's 83...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 04-17-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 402
Posted By Powchekny
Truer words never spoken. The only thing those...

Truer words never spoken. The only thing those "pH UP" and "pH DOWN" products are good for is the pet store's bottom line. Fish are remarkably adaptable to pH conditions, if they're stable.

My...
Forum: Algae 04-16-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 783
Posted By Powchekny
The BGA I had didn't smell, either. And I had it...

The BGA I had didn't smell, either. And I had it really bad in one tank.

In general, it's not healthy for fish tanks. I don't know how it affects shrimp, specifically.

FYI, it's possibly...
Forum: Algae 04-16-2015, 09:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 783
Posted By Powchekny
Blue Green Algae. Reduce your light intensity or...

Blue Green Algae. Reduce your light intensity or duration, and do more water changes. Also, antibiotics work, since it's bacteria, not a true alga.
...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates 04-16-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 235
Posted By Powchekny
Maybe you need a shallower dish? Try a glass...

Maybe you need a shallower dish? Try a glass petri dish, or petri dish cover. They come in various diameters.
Forum: Equipment 04-13-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By Powchekny
If all measures fail, the impeller and spindle...

If all measures fail, the impeller and spindle can be replaced entirely, without any hassle. If you have a good LFS, they might even stock these parts. I did it and the problem was solved (for a...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 04-12-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,618
Posted By Powchekny
We all know people like that. I'm of the opinion...

We all know people like that. I'm of the opinion that they're not worth my time.
Forum: Algae 04-10-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By Powchekny
Definitely looks like BGA (cyanobacteria).

Definitely looks like BGA (cyanobacteria).
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-29-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 369
Posted By Powchekny
Potassium permanganate is a snail killer...

Potassium permanganate is a snail killer extraordinaire.
Forum: Algae 03-26-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By Powchekny
Hard to tell what kind it is given the photo...

Hard to tell what kind it is given the photo quality, but I doubt dipping your hands in had anything to do with it (unless your hands were covered with dry fertilizer at the time).

All aquaria...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 03-26-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By Powchekny
I used carb cleaner and a cotton swab on mine. ...

I used carb cleaner and a cotton swab on mine. Worked great.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-24-2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 657
Posted By Powchekny
Two things: Your tank looks great. It...

Two things:

Your tank looks great.

It looks like you're trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-21-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 465
Posted By Powchekny
I agree. Probably killed by the Excel.

I agree. Probably killed by the Excel.
Forum: Substrate 03-15-2015, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Posted By Powchekny
I've had peppered Corydoras in my Eco-Complete...

I've had peppered Corydoras in my Eco-Complete tank for five years now. They've spawned and tripled their population, and their barbels are long and pristine.

So, I can tell you with certainty...
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