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    The jury is still out on that question. Filter...

    The jury is still out on that question. Filter sellers say a carbon block filter will remove chloramines. Loose carbon filtration modules do not. RO membranes do not block chloramines.
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    If parts, specifically ceramic impeller shafts...

    If parts, specifically ceramic impeller shafts are available, it's probably a try. In the US most of the knock off brands do not have parts available.
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    At .25 your specific ammonia reading may or may...

    At .25 your specific ammonia reading may or may not matter depending on your test kit. Usually that .25 is bound ammonium compounds, not free ammonia. A Seachem Ammonia kit can tell the difference,...
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    If you wish to remove some of the tannins, add...

    If you wish to remove some of the tannins, add carbon to your filter. They'll come back again when you stop using carbon, but not as much.
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    There are two problems with SAFE. One, you...

    There are two problems with SAFE.
    One, you can't make up a long term stock solution.
    Two, you have to order a set of the extra small measuring spoons to ladle the stuff into your tank. ;-)

    A...
  6. A layer or two of fiber glass window screening.

    A layer or two of fiber glass window screening.
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    Two AC 110s will do just fine. Use extension...

    Two AC 110s will do just fine. Use extension tubes to get the intake close, but above, the substrate so they can suck in the gunk.
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    Any nominal 18 watt nominal 18" T8 flourescent...

    Any nominal 18 watt nominal 18" T8 flourescent lamp will work. Grocery store, department store, hardware store, big box store, pet store, etc. will have them in stock. They are all the same size....
  9. Thread: Lighting issue

    by dbosman
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    For the depth of the tank, T5HO, LED, or metal...

    For the depth of the tank, T5HO, LED, or metal halide would be the best solutions.
    T8 anything isn't going to work as the tank is too deep.

    Please skip the eBay light someone listed. You get...
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    Removable motor HOBs can leak. AquaClear has...

    Removable motor HOBs can leak. AquaClear has replacement O-Rings available for that reason.

    I've been using canister filters off and on for several decades. Seals occasionally leak due to physical...
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    I have comments about the bacteria in your well...

    I have comments about the bacteria in your well water, but let's leave it at, I'm surprised the well or holding tank isn't treated for that.

    I will suggest you have your water tested by the local...
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    Also, don't be too surprised or worried if the...

    Also, don't be too surprised or worried if the media isn't filthy.
    Depending on the filter intake screen size and volume, there may not be much gunk in the filter media. A canister on my 75g has...
  13. The accelerator for super glue is alcohol....

    The accelerator for super glue is alcohol. Specifically - Propanol.
    Most any alcohol will speed up the setting though.
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    A 10,000k lamp is well within "daylight" for most...

    A 10,000k lamp is well within "daylight" for most plants. It will be whiter light than ~6500k. My personal favorite K rating lamp was the old GE 9325s. Nice white that didn't wash out the color of...
  15. Thread: UV Sterilizers

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    I'm sorry, but the site listed has almost nothing...

    I'm sorry, but the site listed has almost nothing accurate in the area discussing dwell time. A 9 watt UV unit at any water flow is good for green water up to about 30 gallons. It won't kill bacteria...
  16. My favorite power compact lamps were the GE...

    My favorite power compact lamps were the GE 9325s.

    I replaced my 4x 65watt fixture with a DIY LED setup. Twenty four 3 watt emitters running at 670 mA, over my 75g. It's been running for more...
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    For anyone else looking for a regulator setup,...

    For anyone else looking for a regulator setup, Aquatek makes a very reasonable system. ~$90.
    ...
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    Oh, one more thing. Bubble counters are great for...

    Oh, one more thing. Bubble counters are great for setting up, but of little use after you get your regulator and needle valve set. For ceramic difusors, I prefer the units with a build in spiral...
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    You left off one critical piece of equipment. The...

    You left off one critical piece of equipment. The Needle valve.

    There are differences in quality of gas regulators, but since you friend is in the gas business, don't be concerned at all. They...
  20. Something with a 10g foot print will work. There...

    Something with a 10g foot print will work. There are 15g and 20g variations.
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    Check out your local hydroponics shop. They sell...

    Check out your local hydroponics shop. They sell single strip T5HO strips in both the nominal 24" and 48" lengths. They also carry very good reflectors that can put more light into your tank.
  22. Thread: LED lighting

    by dbosman
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    I've been using DIY LED panels over my 75g tank...

    I've been using DIY LED panels over my 75g tank for over a year. I have twenty four, 3 watt emitters (a mix of cheap warm white and white LEDs running at 670 mA) and I'm happy with the lighting and...
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    How anyone who has ever rinsed filter material,...

    How anyone who has ever rinsed filter material, can say that the pores in ceramic or sintered glass media won't clog, is a mystery to me.
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    Ancistrus want closed ended caves for breeding....

    Ancistrus want closed ended caves for breeding. The male traps the female in there for breeding.

    These work well.
    http://www.aquariumforum.com/f34/built-my-first-pleco-caves-35818.html
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    The main thing to watch for, is glass in the...

    The main thing to watch for, is glass in the gravel, not chemicals from the innards. I've never seen anything but inert materials in heaters and I've seen a LOT of them. Getting cut from a sliver of...
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