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    I like the natural look, and love planted tanks.
    Other interests include movies, skiing and spending time with my wife, kids and friends. :)

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  1. I was part of the "I heard Spixis eat Hydra" crowd until I had a bunch in a fry tank and actually watched one mow down a bunch of Hydra - it was a beautiful sight!!
  2. DIY stand and tank leveling question

    Is the tank already full? If not I've seen lots of people use 0.5 - 1" foam to help with any uneven stands. Put a piece of foam the same (or slightly larger) footprint under the tank and it'll fill the void caused by the warp.
  3. I used the T8 LEDs on an Aquaponics setup and they grew everything I wanted - even had peppers! I have them over a 75gal right now, but would count it as low light - I don't think they have the strength to penetrate the full depth of the tank.
  4. DIY LED powerful enough for high-tech tank

    I tried to order enough for just 1 or 2 lights, but the minimum on the parts I wanted was 25. I'm selling for T5HO for now
  5. Severums

    I know a guy out east that breeds wild plecos in water that's harder than ours - it's maddening! Domestic sevrums should be easy peasy, but you may have to fiddle a little with some of the wild strains. If you feed them well and keep the water clean, I'm sure you'll have success
  6. Lighting

    Hydro Lite or All Seasons Garden Centre
  7. 10g Cherry Shrimp Setup

    There's a group on FB called Edmonton Freshwater Aquarium Community that has several members bringing these things in all the time. If you want to check out a store, I've seen those items at Aquarium Central
  8. I am currently running 24 gal per day drip into a ~280 gal system, and I pass it through 2 x carbon blocks. I think it's time to change the carbon blocks after 4 months, as I'm noticing some behavioral changes - I'll probably change the 1st one now and the 2nd one in a couple months. That way I'll get 4 months per block and always have a new one every 2 months.
  9. Bowing Stand

    If there is room under the stand, you could cut some 2x4 and wedge them vertically to provide support. Are you handy? Have a saw and drill? There are a tonne of YouTube videos on building stands for pretty cheap. Do you know a shop teacher? You could touch base with them and have the students (I'd stick w/ NAIT and post-secondary to be safe, tho High School kids could do it, too) build a stand, maybe for the cost of parts and a couple large pizzas. I've worked out deals like that in the past... though I can't remember where I met the teacher. Might have been this forum or CanReef, maybe somewhere else. Go to used furniture stores - Architectural Clearing House and ReStore are 2 off the top of my head - and get a solid wood desk/cabinet. Check the sales at LFS - you should be able to get a "proper aquarium stand" for less than $300. Though, as you found out, those MDF stands don't last if they get a bit of water on them
  10. Fish transportating

    If you're going to buy from a store, I would buy from fish stores not pet stores, and tell them where you'll be taking the fish. The should put only a few inches of water in the bag with lots of air - some will add a bit of oxygen, but it isn't necessary. There are a few wholesalers who ship via air and you could get your fish sent to you. I've spent thousands of dollars at Spencer Jack's (he's closed while he moves) and Canadian Aquatics. Find others who'll want something from their lists to split the shipping costs.
  11. Question about re-lining pond

    If you're going to the trouble of removing all of the rock, you may as well remove the old liner as well. Keep it for other projects like a small bubbling rock feature, or a self-watering planter box. But, just to answer the question, there is no problem with just throwing a new liner on top of an old liner.
  12. Is this forum dead?

    Bart, I always used Photobucket to post images. Photobucket (or other image sites) gives you almost unlimited storage, and a simple link loads the full size image in the post.
  13. Is this forum dead?

    Not dead... just sleeping
  14. THere are lots of decent pond plants available; at this time of year, AquaLine is going to have your best selection. Earlier in the summer, you can usually get quite a few pond plants at various garden centers - they might still have some available, but usually don't take very good care of them in their little tubs of water in the greenhouse