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Old 05-06-2011, 05:38 PM   #16
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Nice! The daffodil is a nice touch. Do they grow well in soft water tanks?

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Old 05-06-2011, 07:30 PM   #17
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Not much to report except that I went to the Raleigh Aquarium Society meeting tonight to hear a talk about CO2 injection and to basically hang out with other planted tank enthusiasts. I got some good ideas. As a bonus I won an inline water filter and nitrate test kit in the raffle and was given 500ml bottles of pfertz K and N. I gave the speaker a pressure valve that seems like a neat toy, but I am so behind in the basics that I didn't see myself using it any time soon. Am I any closer to setting up the tank? Not so much.
DAM>>>> I forgot the meeting was last night. And of course it was about co2!
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:40 PM   #18
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yeah, a great talk too. He really covered the bases. If you are up on the info posted here you probably knew much of it already, but I got a lot out of the talk being new to this plated tank thing.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:00 PM   #19
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Tomorrow I should get some novus 1,2,3 to clean up the tank scratches. Meanwhile, I've been pondering plumbing/filtration.

This tank has two holes drilled in the back near the top. One has a PVC elbow on it that says "1 1/4 in" and the other one on the opposite corner is smaller, say 3/4". I was considering using a cannister filter like an eheim 2213 or rena filstar or such. But I have to work with the holes I have in the tank. I imagine that a 1 1/4" drain pipe is gonna pound the hell out of a cannister filter. So I don't know what to do. Am I destined for a sump? If so, is 9 gallons good enough?
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:28 PM   #20
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It shouldn't really matter what size those holes are drilled for. You can adapt down to whatever size your canister of choice needs or go with a sump system. You're not married to either system at this point.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:02 AM   #21
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I've been polishing the scratches out of the tank but not seeing very good results. I can feel some of them with my fingernail so even the novus 3 doesn't work very well. However the scratches are less noticeable with water in the tank so I might just not worry about them, or I might get really anal and try to buff them out with a dremel or something. I've been looking for a co2 tank as well. I found what appears to be a scuba diving tank made out of aluminum. It is 30 pounds, so about $45. I wonder if I can use that for CO2? Not expecting an answer here but if you know then I'm listening. It has VERY thick walls and also doesn't seem to have any form of valve on it. Just a big tank with a thick threaded port on the top. Right now I'd be feeling more prepared if I'd ever done anything with Co2, welding, etc. I've asked at the lab if I can help them change the CO2 tanks next time so that I get some experience.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:11 AM   #22
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Decided against the scuba tank for many reasons, but it was an entertaining thought.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:20 AM   #23
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A guy at a local ReefTech store take an orbital sander and takes out the deep scratches on his used Craigslist acquired tanks with fine wet sandpaper then uses glass polish to finish it up. This might be listed on the internet somewhere as it seems a reasonable approach. The local glass fabricators do wet sanding too as part of the finish process.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:49 AM   #24
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It shouldn't really matter what size those holes are drilled for. You can adapt down to whatever size your canister of choice needs or go with a sump system. You're not married to either system at this point.
Cool, I was thinking cannister so I'll look for some adapters. 1 1/4" to 1/2" barbed? time to research the myriad offerings of pvc fittings....
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:31 PM   #25
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let's say I could get one of these for the price of a cannister filter:
http://www.aquariumguys.com/eshopps-...low-dual2.html

would that be cool? basically it would be the same size as my tank.
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