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About mikej

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  • Birthday 10/21/1976

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  1. Who do you keep a tank for?

    Neat question. I keep my tanks for myself, as you can see from the lack of pictures that I post I would very much miss the inspiration that I get from other tank threads online, both here and elsewhere. It's easy to sit and browse and find setups that spark an idea that you want to pursue, but it's a lot harder to find people willing to let you into their homes or good shops to spend hours looking at.
  2. My LED Biocube 8

    Working off of your parts list I got everything I needed together and just finished attaching, soldering, and testing the LEDs on my BC8 mod. The brightness is astounding - just unreal (I'm super glad that I trusted your buildout and went with the dimmable buckpucks). I'm curious, though, how you ended up securely attaching the heatsink to the hood. I can't seem to think of a way that doesn't involve drilling holes, which I don't want to do as the screw holes in the hood don't line up with the fin gaps.
  3. Olsen's 4g Adventure

    Just saw this thread, and figured I'd weigh in with some advice (based on a few iterations of a 12g, an 8g, a 1g, and a currently-living 29g). First, don't bother with snails or hermits. You're going to have to scrape the glass anyway, since snails never to a perfect job, so there's no real point; It's also so easy to do a 25% water change in a 4G that you should focus very heavily on perfect water quality, not a big cleanup crew. Second, consider keeping your substrate depth less than one inch. That will keep the sand oxygenated, and let you stir it up occasionally right before a big water change. This will keep detritus from building up in the sand (happened to me in my first 12g - eventually killed the tank, though I didn't realize it until I broke it all down). Target feed the shrimp, if at all possible. In a system so small, those few extra bits of food will, over the course of a couple weeks, completely foul the tank. Change about a liter of water every day. Buy a liter bottle of seltzer or club soda, wash it out, and use it as your change measure. If you do this then the system will be much more likely to survive you going out of town for a little while without completely collapsing due to one missed major change. In general, just think very, very small. Every grain of food, every drop of water matters in a system so small. The upside is that big water changes (50%) are super-easy, and you should do one at the very first hint of trouble, whether it's an algae bloom or sulking coral. Good luck!
  4. NCDX12 Fans

    Exactly what I needed to know, thank you! And thanks also for the bearings advice. I've already seen a couple with sleeve bearings that I otherwise might have picked up.
  5. NCDX12 Fans

    The bearings on one of the fans in my (2004) DX12 have gone, causing a horrible grinding/buzzing when the lights first come one. Does anyone know the part number, or at least the size/power specs on these fans so that I can order and install replacements?
  6. Neopn Blue Goby trapped in middle chamber

    They're pretty strong swimmers, so I doubt it will be accidentally pulled into the return. I'd say go ahead and wait - There's definitely no reason it won't be fine back there for a while, and if you're in as much pain as you say you're only more likely to hurt yourself, the fish, or the tank if you try to do anything serious. The *last* thing you want to do is slip and knock a rock against the glass and crack it, right?
  7. 4838.04 + 8G BioCube at work and 12G NanoCube at home (with just under half a gallon lost to pumps, etc) means 19.6 for me, and a new total of... 4858 (best thread ever)
  8. Unknown Snail

    I *think* it's a type of nerite, but that's only because I've never heard otherwise. I can definitely say they're safe, though. I have had a self-sustaining breeding population of these in my system for almost 3 years now. They're fantastic - They clean all night, and you never have to buy replacements. These together with stomatella and maybe one larger turbo are all you need to keep your rockwork clean.
  9. New 3g Pico

    Small for a lobster, yes, but note that it says the adult size is 5" - 6". That's far too big for your system.
  10. Some Quick Pics of my 12G

    Looks great! Are you using the stock lighting? What brand is it?
  11. Corals spawning

    Right after Chinese New Year this year my GSP spawned - It filled the tank with tiny pink eggs. Very, very cool to see.
  12. I'm really surprised and impressed that you've got so much load in that system yet it looks so nice. What's your water change schedule? Still using just the stock lighting?
  13. Help! Baby Snails Everywhere!

    Be excited that you seem to have what is a breeding population of snails in your system - What do they look like?
  14. There are two things about them for me. First, the appearance is nice and clean - I just like the way they're styled. Second is the *much* lower probability of leaks. I have two all-in-one tanks, one in my bedroom on the 3rd floor of an apartment building and one on my desk at work. External plumbing and the chance of a slipped fitting just scares me in both of these places. As far as modding them goes, it's just the same as upgrading components in your computer or your car. DIY is fun
  15. Cube vs long tank

    I've always considered 30+ to be outside the 'nano' range That said, I've been very happy with my 12G and 8G cubes so far. I've done flow upgrades on both, and have been able to keep what I want to keep for the most part. I would like to to lighting upgrades on the 12G, but haven't had the time or funds. I really like the put-together look of the all-in-one systems (especially the one on my desk at work).