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  1. gardenman, you make a strong point against not using magnets. I believe I may go to original thought and use tap and secure panel skins to stand with standard machine screws. gardenman and CT_ I will keep my panel options open right now. I may order a few magnets for the countersunk hole to experiment with
  2. Hello, Does anyone have experience using magnetics to attach wood panel skins to powder coated steel stand? Watching Cory's 800 gallon aquarium videos, the removable magnetic attachment panel skins look fantastic. Basic questions: 1. Source of magnets 2. Estimated size/strength/number of magnets required 3. Method panel ends are finished (butt; mitered) Please include pictures of your cabinets The removal panel skins would be for steel stand 84 inches Long x 30 inches Wide x 30 inches High with four doors. The panel bottoms would rest on floor. Therefore, looking for magnets with capability to support panel weight. The magnets must requiring enough removel effort to remove to prevent accidental separation from stand if 2-5 year old children pull on door handles. Jay
  3. I was hoping to locate a source of reliable data pertaining to Eheim Professionel 4+ 600 Canister Filter 2275 pump and filter circulation outputs. Unfortunately, individual may end up with a canister filter that does not meet needs if counting on data resulting from filter purchased and then tested. I do not currently have a flow meter, but that appears to be equipment worth investing in. I will research possibility to install flow meter in the output line to see filter performance going down. Looks like excellent means to catch filter performance slipping and implement maintenance before flow drops below need.
  4. Title: Eheim Professionel 4+ 600 Canister Filter 2275 filter circulation output Question: What is the filter circulation output (return output to aquarium after water flows through canister filter media) GPH for Eheim Professional 4+ 600 Canister Filter 2275? I am installing an AQUA ULTRAVIOLET ADVANTAGE 2000+ UV 15 WATT BARB x BARB STERILIZER UNIT A00267 on freshwater aquarium. Attempting to determine Eheim Professionel 4+ 600 Canister Filter 2275 filter circulation output rate. The output flow rate is critical to understanding the UV dosage for given circulation output flow. I have contacted Eheim and did not receive a response nor able to find filter circulation output during searches. Fluval does list pump output and filter circulation output specifications. This is the information that I am looking for in regards to Eheim filter. Background: Canister Filters available to place in-line with an AQUA ULTRAVIOLET ADVANTAGE 2000+ UV 15 WATT BARB x BARB STERILIZER UNIT A00267: Eheim Professionel 4+ 600 Canister Filter 2275 Pump Output: 317 US Gal/h (1200 l/h) Filter Circulation Output: ? (US Gal/h unknown Fluval 407 Performance Canister Filter A449 Pump Output: 383 US Gal/h (1450 L/h) Filter Circulation Output: 245 US Gal/h (930 L/h) Fluval FX6 High Performance Canister Filter Pump Output: 925 US Gal/h Filter Circulation Output: 563 US Gal/h Data below found at Aqua Ultraviolet site Organism Killing Dose of UV light measured in Microwatt seconds per square centimeter (uw/cm2) Viruses: 15,000 Bacteria: 15,000 - 30,000 Algae: 22,000 - 30,000 Fungi: 45,000 Protozoa: 90,000 Recommended Flow Rate for UV Dosages: at 30,000 µw/cm2 (EOL) GPH: 700 (Max Flow Rate) at 45,000 µw/cm2 (EOL) GPH: 466 at 60,000 µw/cm2 (EOL) GPH: 350 at 75,000 µw/cm2 (EOL) GPH: 280 at 90,000 µw/cm2 (EOL) GPH: 233 (Min Flow Rate) Note: All UV dosages are calculated at the end of lamp life (14 months). End Of Lamp Life (EOL)
  5. What process do you follow to rid newly purchased aquarium plants of snails and other unwanted gusts?
  6. Very nice Anubias. Your photograph also captured one of my favorite fish, Harlequin Rasboras The more I see outstanding examples of Anubias, I am leaning toward aquarium predominately populated with various species of Anubias.
  7. Thanks Atitagain, I like your “Anubias tied in the branches of that log and some Java moss on the rock in the center” layout. I plan to continue soaking the Mopani wood for at least 2-3 more months. As to leaching tannins, I may, on temporary basis, add another Fluval 407 Performance Canister Filter with Purigen to remove tannins
  8. Wow, thank you for the great photographs. I see layout in each photograph that I would like to emulate I attached an image of my Mopani Wood. I have the seven pieces in two 35-tubs. They have been soaking sine 09 June 2021 and continue to leach tannins. Below is my basic plan to setup and populate my aquarium. If you have comments, please provide. PLANTS The plants I am considering as follows: Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) Java Fern "Windelov" (Microsorum pteropus "Windelov") Java Moss (Vesicularia sp.) Anubias Barteri (Anubias barteri) Anubias Coffeefolia (Anubias Coffeefolia) Anubias Gold Coin (Anubias Barteri var "Gold Coin") Anubias nana "petite" (Anubias barteri var nana petite) Anubias nana (Anubias barteri var nana) AQUARIUM: 84” Length 30” Width 30” Height LIGHTING: ONE Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 59 Watt; 48" To 60" ONE Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt; 36" To 48" FILTRATION: Fluval FX6 High Performance Canister Filter, A219, TWO Fluval 407 Performance Canister Filter, ONE (filter for Coralife Turbo-Twist 12X UltraViolet Sterilizer 36W) UV STERILIZER Coralife Turbo-Twist 12X UltraViolet Sterilizer 36W, ONE (Fluval 407 Performance Canister Filter/ Coralife Turbo-Twist 12X UltraViolet Sterilizer system) SUBSTRATE: CaribSea Super Naturals GEMSTONE CREEK Aquarium Substrate, 200 pounds CaribSea Super Naturals Zen Garden Aquarium Substrate, 150 pounds HARDSCAPE: Mopani Wood, SEVEN pieces Dragon Rock, 200 pounds (FOUR CaribSea Exotica Dragon Stone, 25 Pound Boxes) LIVESTOCK: Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) PRIMARY FISH Corydoras, Albino (Corydoras aeneus) PRIMARY FISH Corydoras, Bronze (Corydoras aeneus) PRIMARY FISH Glowlight Tetra (Hemigrammus erythrozonus) PRIMARY FISH Otocinclus Catfish PRIMARY FISH Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) Pearl Gourami (Trichogaster leeri) Kuhli Loach (Pangio kuhlii) Black Neon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi) Black Tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) Bloodfin Tetra (Aphyocharax anisitsi) GloFish Tetra, Sunburst Orange (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi) Green Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon simulans) Harlequin Rasboras (Trigonostigma heteromorpha
  9. Does anyone have images of Anubias, Java Fern, and Java Moss attached to Mopani Wood and Dragon Stone that they would share? I am in the process of setting up my first freshwater planted aquarium and would definitely appreciate the sharing of aquascaping layout ideas. Please include common name of plant species in the images. Thank you, Jay
  10. Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture aquarium PAR comparison between 59 Watt; 48" To 60" and 46 Watt; 36" To 48" models. In process of setting up 84” Long x 30” Wide x 30” Deep freshwater aquarium. Considering the use of one 59 Watt; 48" To 60" and one 46 Watt; 36" To 48" models to span the 84” aquarium length without overlapping fixtures. My thoughts are that the wattage per inch of Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light fixtures are similar (1.277 WATTS/INCH for 46 Watt; 36" To 48" model and 1.229 WATTS/INCH for 59 Watt; 48" To 60" model) that I should have basically same PAR reading at 28” depth. Question 1: Would my basic watt per inch calculations result in similar PAR reading at 28” depth? Question 2: Would PAR reading difference be visually noticeable? Thank you, Jay
  11. Request for on-line source of low light plants What are your recommendations for sites to purchase low light aquarium plants? I am considering Aquarium Co-op when plants are back in stock. If you have experience with either vendor, please share. The vast majority of my plants will be attached to Mopani wood and Dragon rock, I am considering the following: Java Fern Java Moss Anubias Barteri Anubias Coffeefolia Anubias Gold Coin Anubias nana Anubias nana "petite" Background: Aquarium 1: 84 inches Length 30 inches Width 30 inches Depth Lighting: One Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 59 Watt; 48" To 60" and One Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt; 36" To 48" Aquarium 2: 48 inches Length 18 inches Width 20-1/2 inches Depth Lighting: One Fluval Fresh and Plant 3.0 LED Light Fixture, 46 Watt; 36" To 48"
  12. Thank you all for the great input. Now I have many other lighting options to explore. As anewbie stated "Then again remember that most leafy plants like swords and steam plants grow towards the surface so if you can get some height into them they will get plenty of light." with the exception of Amazon Swords, plants will all be on wood and rock. I will start Amazon Swords in 20 inches deep aquarium and move to 30 inches deep aquarium once they start getting a decent height.
  13. What is the PAR drop rate as depth increases? I ask because in discussions above, I see comments such as, "71 par @ 18inch is quite a bit less at 24 inch". These PAR numbers are higher that the 27 PAR mentioned in the Aquarium Co-op video. Approximately 4:11 minutes into Cory's "MY NEW FAVORITE LIGHT! Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0 LED Light Review" video, Cory mentions PAR 27 reading. Cory used a potentially laboratory-grade PAR meter, Apogee Instruments Quantum Flux, to capture 27 PAR reading at substrate level (approximately 18 - 20 inches [125 gallon tank]) . As I am in process of setting up aquarium that is 30" deep overall, with approximately 28" to top of substrate, I am interested in PAR reading in the 26 - 28 inches depth range. The vast majority of planned plants are in the Aquarium Co-op “low light” category. With the exception of several Amazon Sword plants, most will be attached to Mopani driftwood and Dragon rock at varying depths. In practice, estimate plants will be in the 15 - 28 inches depth range. Lighting positioned above glass top. PAR level in the 26 - 28 inches depth range will allow me to see in I have option to add moderate light rated plants. Side-bar: anewbie, you are spot on with statement indicating that PAR readings must be taken under controlled conditions. Even the quality of PAR meter utilized directly impacts readings. Thanks to Patrick_G for providing "MY NEW FAVORITE LIGHT! Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0 LED Light Review" video
  14. Thanks Patrick_G, Very informative video. Exactly what I was looking for. Cory used a laboratory-grade Apogee Instruments Quantum Flux meter to capture 27 PAR reading at substrate level (approximately 22 - 24 inches) .
  15. Hi Patrick_G, Yes, I am sure Cory has detailed backup data to support him standing behind the FLUVAL FRESH AND PLANT 3.0 LED LIGHT FIXTURE 14523 data. In one of his excellent and always entertaining videos, I believe he states it is the best light ever. That data is basically what what I am interested in. Hopefully, Cory's test parameters will give me insight into how to evaluate light performance. I may look into purchasing equipment to measure PAR readings. My goal is to be able to measure or calculate PAR reading after light passes through 1/8 inch glass top and 28 - 30 inches of water. Do you have any recommendation on decent PAR meter? I will go back to video and see if meter is mentioned or a decent image is available. Quick check I see price starting point of approximately $200.00. Thank you for your reply, Jay
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