Jump to content

Higher Thinking

Supporting Member
  • Content count

    1,555
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    26

Everything posted by Higher Thinking

  1. Nitrates!

    Did you ever test your source water? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  2. It's a pretty limited use, just three commands that I know of. You can have Alexa put your pumps in feed mode, turn your lights off (can't seem to turn them on when they're not scheduled to be on), and return your lights to current schedule. Pretty nifty. Hoping they expand on commands. I'd like to be able to voice command to turn the lights to a given Kelvin value. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  3. Freshwater peeps?

    Check out plantedtank.net. I haven't been on there in a couple years, but it was always it informative. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  4. What are your other hobbies?

    MMA, Jiu Jitsu, and snowboarding. Hoping my body doesn't break down before my spirit. [emoji16][emoji16] Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  5. Freshwater peeps?

    I definitely wouldn't say they have to be difficult. It's all about how much you want to do. Just like nearly everyone can have a softy tank with little to no maintenance, so too can people have basic planted tanks. If you want to go super intense with it, then yes, you can introduce a whole lot of maintenance. Not so much cleaning and equipment maintenance, but you'll have to keep the plants trimmed and keep them in their respective places. Check out some work with the Dutch Method, or look up the work of Amano if you want to see how far you can take it. Or you can throw some low light plants in a tank, slap a light on there, and call it a day. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. Freshwater peeps?

    Just on cue. My wife texted me and said one of my fish jumped out of the tank today. She was in the room and was able to quickly get it back in. Whew!! I have 7 Roseline sharks and it was one of them. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. Freshwater peeps?

    I have a 75 gal planted, pressurized CO2 setup. It's been going for just over 7 years. I've had all the same fish for just as long. It's survived three moves. I don't really do anything to it except dump some fertilizer in there every so often when the thought crosses my mind. 50 percent water change every couple months. It's mostly an overgrown jungle of low light plants these days. I have used some of the same bulbs in my T8 and T5 fixtures for like 5 years, maybe more. Haha. I have like 3 square feet of Anubias and a bunch of dwarf sag. A few other things I'm sure. As much as my reef tank dominates my attention, I'd be devastated if something happened to the fresh water. What's crazy is I've used the exact same Hydor inline heater for these 7 years. It hasn't missed a beat. I'm a little nervous it'll cook my fish one day when it goes. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  8. any electricians in the house ?

    I know Vance is just about finished with his journeyman process. I think his screen name is@Vance164. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  9. January POTM Voting - Clams

    Well nobody pointed out there is another thread that is the actual POTM one. I just saw the thread and posted a pic below. Also.... Nobody pointed out to me that it's actually February now. Clearly I have no idea what's going on. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  10. Hey all, I've finally begun some much needed rearranging in my tank. Step one was breaking off a massive rainbow tort colony that was at least a square foot. I've never really liked the growth structure and it's placement in my tank was too high so the colors were never as good as they could be. Pieces that broke off actually grew on the substrate and looked way better. A nice green base with blue tips. The colony itself was more faded, with less of a green base. Here's a few quick phone shots of a piece on my substrate, plus the colony pieces in the sump. I could give you as much as you want. Currently my sump is full of 6-8 pieces. Let me know! They'll probably last a couple days in the sump with the refugium light, but who knows? I'll be free from 10:30 until about kickoff today. Tomorrow and Tuesday, late in the evening (after 8). I live in Scappoose. Picture taken under 14k: Picture taken under daylight colors:
  11. Happy Superbowl Sunday! I have free coral!

    Let me know when you wanna come over. Like I said, I'm free before the game if you're available. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  12. January POTM Voting - Clams

    Recent pickup from TPA meeting. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  13. Happy Superbowl Sunday! I have free coral!

    Sounds good. I'll shoot you a PM. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  14. Happy Superbowl Sunday! I have free coral!

    That's the point I was trying to get across. The coral are just sitting in my sump, probably wouldn't last more than a couple days in there. Maybe more depending on how they like the sump light blasting them. No guarantees that anything will be alive by the meeting. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  15. January 2018 TPA meeting Pics

    I'm game for whatever. Just let me know if I could be of any assistance! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  16. January 2018 TPA meeting Pics

    That was a lot of fun! Can't believe Lauren hung out for three hours! She's a trooper. Yeah, I ended up with a blue, gold-rimmed Maxima and a gold, blue-rimmed deresa. Perfect combination! Also got a couple softies for my work tank. It was great chatting with everyone over there. And yes, Robert, you gotta get back up here! It's quite the journey, I know. Maybe it'll mean I gotta host another meeting to get you up here! After chatting with you I went ahead and tried that putty solution to arrest the little STN that began on my prized colony. Here it is when not on a chair getting putty all over it: Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  17. Calcium Reactor VS 2 Part

    That bubble counter in the reactor? That is built onto the unit, but I don't use it. My bubble counter is attached directly to the CO2 tank. So there is an airline that comes to the reactor (you can't really tell where the airline is coming from in the close up pic) from the CO2 tank. That then attaches to a T with the water from my main return pump (flow controlled by gate valve). That water/gas mixture is brought into the recirc pump along with recirc water from the reactor itself (the vertical tube coming down in the front of the pump). Those three sources are then shot up into the reactor via the vertical tube in the back. Does that make sense? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  18. Calcium Reactor VS 2 Part

    That's exactly right. New water, airline, and recirculating water all enters the intake of the recirc pump. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  19. Calcium Reactor VS 2 Part

    Nothing real fancy here. Eheim pump. The airline and water intake T together and get brought into the reactor along with recirculating water that is already in the reactor. The effluent then leaves the top. The amount of water that enters the reactor and then flows out is controlled by that gate valve, which Ts off my main return line. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  20. Frag tank and stand

    1 dollar, Bob! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  21. Toadstool trades

    I'd be game for some trading. Do you ever come up north? I'm not sure yet if I'll be making the meeting at TPA. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  22. Poker anyone?

    Thanks so much for hosting Kim. Jeff? Thanks for buying breakfast for my wife and I. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  23. Poker anyone?

    Start time? And what should we bring? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  24. Poker anyone?

    And can we up the ante with acros? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  25. Poker anyone?

    I think we are game. What time does it all start? We just got back from snowboarding. I'm all banged up and need to recoup for a bit, haha. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
×