Submitted by melev on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 15:25
This month's club meeting included a visit from Dave Botwin who did a really nice presentation about how to use inexpensive parts to make your Apex controller more handy. I had to pick him up from the airport and after he was done gazing at my tank, we talked about what kinds of things I'd like my Apex to do that it doesn't do already. The first hurdle was overcoming my trust issues regarding the return pump. I've always had that plugged directly into the a wall outlet so nothing could disable it other than a full-blown power outage. No GFCI outlets, just keep it powered at all costs.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 08/10/2008 - 13:41
Doing a little math to see what it costs to run my tank...
3 MH bulbs - 900w x 6 hrs per day
2 VHO bulbs - 187w x 11 hrs per day
Return pump - 141w x 24 hrs per day
3 Vortech pumps - 63w x 24 hrs per day
Calcium Reactor - 65w x 24 hrs per day
3 Fuge lights - 62w x 8 hrs per day
2 Skimmer pumps - 116w x 24 hrs per day
Prop light - 147w x 7 hrs per day
2 Icecap Fans - 12w x 7 hrs per day
Submitted by melev on Wed, 02/07/2007 - 14:38
I'm trying out a new product that reduces phosphates in my tank.
Submitted by melev on Thu, 09/01/2005 - 07:14
So here is a little more information about Algone. It is some type of mystery product that will clear aquarium water if it is cloudy for some reason. That is how it is advertised, but I don't know if that is actually the case. I bought it solely to lower nitrates, as a LFS told me he's been using it on his heavy-feeders (tanks he services) and had great results. Now since I don't actually know my true nitrate readings, this may be an effort in futility, but I'll get another test kit in the near future to make a further comparison to my current nitrate kit.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 02/03/2004 - 02:29
The new sump I built to go under my 29g was installed this evening. It is working just as planned, and looks great! I made a new webpage with all the details and pictures.