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  1. I received a couple custom filter guards from h4n...

    I received a couple custom filter guards from h4n today, they seem really well made and they arrived quite a lot faster than I expected. I had him make 2 guards at a custom size that I plan on...
  2. h4n - I pm'ed you about some filter guards a few...

    h4n - I pm'ed you about some filter guards a few days ago but haven't heard back. Check your messages when you get a chance.
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    Thanks for the input. I was thinking about the...

    Thanks for the input. I was thinking about the reduced flow when I noticed how many elbows I would need to get what I was going for. But I think if I use long-radius elbows or potentially one of...
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    Custom PVC intake for FX5

    I'm going to make a custom intake for my Fluval FX5. I am setting up a ~90 gallon (60x20x18") freshwater planted tank, and I want something that will be shrimp-safe and would be a little better...
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    Freshwater "sharks" like the Red Tail Shark are...

    Freshwater "sharks" like the Red Tail Shark are not actually sharks, they are cyprinids. That being said, you could do Bala sharks (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) which can get to 12" in length. They...
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    I couldn't explain the scientific reasoning but...

    I couldn't explain the scientific reasoning but from what I understand pH swings from CO2 are not really dangerous for your fish. If your fish aren't gasping for air at the surface or breathing very...
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    I know you've already invested a lot of money so...

    I know you've already invested a lot of money so I hate to tell you to buy more equipment, but in my experience my drop checker stayed blue until I got a reactor. It forces all the CO2 to get...
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    You can just use water in your bubble counter but...

    You can just use water in your bubble counter but it will evaporate over time. You can buy "bubble counter fluid" from GLA (I think it may be glycerin) for increased viscosity and no evaporation.
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  9. Thread: Starting CO2

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    A little water agitation is usually a good thing...

    A little water agitation is usually a good thing to increase oxygen levels in the tank. Too much will make all your CO2 outgas as fast as you inject it. I run a bubbler at night and rely on my...
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    I think those reactors would probably be fine....

    I think those reactors would probably be fine. For other options you could either buy a small canister filter that you use solely for that purpose or even just a cheap water pump.

    As for your...
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    With a tank that size, you're probably going to...

    With a tank that size, you're probably going to want to get a CO2 reactor. You can build one fairly easily (google "rex grigg reactor") and there are commercially available reactors as well (I use...
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    Just be careful if you continue to do water...

    Just be careful if you continue to do water changes with pure RO water... You really should be replacing some of the minerals with something like Seachem Equilibrium.
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    The 2 watts per gallon rule is an old, inaccurate...

    The 2 watts per gallon rule is an old, inaccurate guideline. The wattage of your bulbs is only one small factor. The light intensity and spectrum is what is important. 54 watts of T5HO light is more...
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    OP never said T5's but he did say his tank is a...

    OP never said T5's but he did say his tank is a 45G (I'm assuming 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 19") and he was using 54W bulbs. The only 48" 54W bulb is a T5HO.

    Anyways, the relationship between pH/KH and...
  15. Thread: Sickly plants

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    There are a few things it could be. For new...

    There are a few things it could be. For new plants, as crystalite said, they can go through a period of melting as they adjust to your tanks parameters. Some plants are actually grown in hydroponic...
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    Amazon Sword roots shouldn't be completely...

    Amazon Sword roots shouldn't be completely buried. A small part of the crown (the white part) should be visible above the gravel or it will likely rot. The discoloration could just be the plant...
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    Iron doesn't need to be .5ppm, .1ppm is really...

    Iron doesn't need to be .5ppm, .1ppm is really enough. Magnesium could also be a limiting factor since you're using mostly RO water. The fertilizers you linked will help you with that. Those dosing...
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    I think what you're referring to is rock wool....

    I think what you're referring to is rock wool. Your plant probably originated from a hydroponic nursery, which means the leaves of your plant will likely die off as it adjusts to being underwater for...
  19. Thread: New CO2 Reactor

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    New CO2 Reactor

    Just thought I would share some pictures of my new CO2 reactor. I wasn't getting good dissolution from my ceramic diffuser in my 90 gallon tank, so I thought my next investment should be a quality...
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    More details would be needed to know if your...

    More details would be needed to know if your lighting is adequate. As far as the sword goes, even if it was fully submerged, your tank's conditions could be drastically different from the tank it was...
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    I have a couple of Bolivian rams in my 90 gallon...

    I have a couple of Bolivian rams in my 90 gallon with a pair of angels, polka dot loaches, Colombian tetras, Boesemani rainbows, and a rainbow shark. The rainbow shark occasionally chases others away...
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    If your water is more acidic (low pH), most of...

    If your water is more acidic (low pH), most of the ammonia (NH3) will convert to ammonium (NH4). Ammonium is much less harmful to fish and essential to aquatic plants for breaking down proteins. If...
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    Most (not all) aquatic plants absorb nutrients...

    Most (not all) aquatic plants absorb nutrients both through their roots and directly from the water, but do so much more efficiently through their roots. There are liquid fertilizers and solid...
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    Also, should I be worried that 4 T5 HO bulbs is...

    Also, should I be worried that 4 T5 HO bulbs is going to be too much light? I do have pressurized CO2 (and Excel Flourish on hand if needed) but I'm still concerned I might run into algea problems.
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    So you would recommend 3 6500K bulbs and 1...

    So you would recommend 3 6500K bulbs and 1 10000K? Is there a reason not to use a 5000K bulb? I know it doesn't penetrate as far but I thought it was the ideal range for photosynthesis.
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