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    Water Chillers

    Ill give you some advice as a fishkeeper from Mumbai where its hot and humid for half the year and cooling the tank is a perpetual discussion on our fish groups 1] Cooling or PC fans are good enough to keep water temps at acceptable levels IF your average humidity levels are below 70* and you...
  2. M

    Dario/badis species

    Dario Kajal show up very rarely in the hobby even in India. Often you have more luck finding them with some niche fishkeepers that specialize in rare exotics
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    Mixing TNC light with easy carbo?

    Usually liquid carbon and trace ferts dont react. Just to be sure mix a bit of both in a small cup and leave it covered for a few days and check. If you dont see any sediment then you should be good to go
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    APT Fix

    I do know that Glut forms a linear polymer chain by crosslinking with itself when boiled. Maybe Agar might work when added to boiling Glut as a thickener in minute qtys
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    APT Fix

    I got a bottle to check out. To me it seems to be a bit more concentrated Glut with a bit of thickener added to it. I guess that is the Epoxy Aldehyde bit of jargon. The slightly thicker and stronger solution makes it work faster and cling to the treated areas better/longer. @dw1305 Any clue as...
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    Light with Weather effects and area control

    Maybe ? Do you have a video for that ? Maybe it was presented by Chris Lukhaup or Oliver Knott in an interview style and they were showing off the light features and effects over a planted tank Yeah man unnecessary complexity leads to ..... unnecessary complexity.
  7. M

    Light with Weather effects and area control

    Maybe ? I dont know what that is Yeah unnecessary complexity leads to...... unnecessary complexity
  8. M

    Light with Weather effects and area control

    Ah I just wanted to know which light it was out of curiosity nothing more. We dont really need these effects and as such Im happy with my 8 year old DIY fixture which I recently upgraded
  9. M

    Light with Weather effects and area control

    Yes ! This is the one ! I remember maybe the intro video for this light was over a shop or gallery tank and maybe presented by Chris Lukhaup or something. Thanks for solving the mystery !
  10. M

    Light with Weather effects and area control

    Hi all, I remember seeing a thread with a video a couple of years ago (pre covid !) of a new fancypants aquarium light (large tank luminaire) that had control of dimming of almost the entire set of LEDS individually and it also had weather and lightning effects. the Light was a thin flat silver...
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    New Utricularia sp. name ? Alternative to UG

    Could be. Searching for it threw up images of several other possible candidates though ! Has bosminifera been grown in the aquarium ?
  12. M

    New Utricularia sp. name ? Alternative to UG

    I remember seeing a new alternative to UG on this forum but cannot remember the species name or find that thread via search. It was similar to UG but with broader and shorter leaves and apparently easier to grow than UG. Can someone help me out with the info ?
  13. M

    Hot climates and aquascaping

    Since I live in a Sub Tropical SE Asian country, my advice to you is : Option 1 (The best IMO) : Move the tank to your bedroom and use an Air Conditioner at night. It will keep you cool and comfortable and also drop the tank temperature enough to keep it within the optimal limits. Mine doesnt go...
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    Ca:Mg:K Ratio

    Hi, Thanks for the advice. I do use Salty shrimp GH+ and knew it was a mix of CaCl2 and MgCl2 because of its hygroscopic nature. Im quite familiar with CaCl2 as Ive been using it for years to make DIY moisture absorbers for the cupboards and stuff. As such I have no particular target ppm, I just...
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    Ca:Mg:K Ratio

    So if I were to change my GH Booster to a more soluble mix of Ca and Mg then I would need to use CaCl2 and MgCl2 instead of MgSO4 ?
  16. M

    Ca:Mg:K Ratio

    I have very soft water and want to increase my Calcium dosing. I already dose some Mg mixed with my Macros and after every WC I dose a GH booster which is a mix of MgSO4 and CaSO4. CaSO4 is sparingly soluable but should be fine in the volume of tank water. Is there an alternative Ca salt I could...
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    Rotala changes colour daily.....

    In order to add to the confusion, Im seeing the same thing with my UG since the last few months. Its pale in the morning, before and after the lights just come on and gets back to its normal healthy bright green by the end of the day. Since its purely a green plant I think we can rule out the...
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    Scaping and scooters

    Yeah it happened quite quickly and suddenly actually. It was a combination of several factors actually. I currently own a second hand 110cc Honda Activa. I picked it up to practice and learn the ropes. I'm from Bombay actually so Im not sure what the UK equivalent is. I did go to Nottingham Uni...
  19. M

    Tropical soil buffering and shrimp

    Supplement their food with blanched spinach or kale. It should help. Also you could try the shrimp mineral blocks/balls
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    Scaping and scooters

    I've joined the scooter gang a few months ago. Been driving cars for years but lately the traffic and parking scenario in my city has gotten really crazy so decided to learn how to ride a bike properly and get the add on for my license. I also had my first fall a couple of weeks ago under pretty...
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    Can I use Softened Water in an RO System

    You could also try a DI resin instead of a softener or even better, you get Potassium based water softeners also instead of Sodium so you could look for one of those
  22. M

    First Contact ...

    Just make sure you use the drip method to acclimatize the shrimp before adding them to your tank and they should be fine. Cherries are usually pretty hardy and adaptable unless your water parameters are very skewed
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    Algae with EI dosing

    If you have Lab chemical suppliers close by you can try getting sodium hydroxymethanesulfonate and use that as a dechlorinator. It takes care chlorine, chloramines and ammonia. 25gms in 500ml water and then one drop per litre of new water for normal dosage.
  24. M

    Need Help to Identify this plant

    I think its rotala sp "sunset"
  25. M

    Black Earth, would you go there ?

    Its a good substrate, a friend it using it in his tank. Give it a shot.
  26. M

    Fairy Shrimp

    AFAIK Thai Fairy Shrimp dont give birth to live nauplii, only cysts. Some of the American varieties do however so you could give them a try to keep a self sustaining culture going
  27. M

    ID Rotala

    I just got Rotala "sunset" from a friend and it seems to follow this growth pattern, so maybe it is what you have
  28. M

    White paste like substance leaching from driftwood

    This happens quite often with new driftwood. Nothing to worry about. You can siphon it out each time it forms using an airline tube. Its just a bacterial bloom. Also black Mollies and Otos eat it
  29. M

    Lean Dosing Methods

    If your water isnt too hard and since KNO3 isnt available to you, you could use CaNO3 instead
  30. M

    Help! plant deficiency or toxicity ? ( new pics)

    Emilio try lowering the CO2 for afew days to see if you have any improvement. It may not always be the case but Ive had a few instances where I was pumping in a LOT of CO2 in a tank to drive growth but it resulted in some unhealthy plants. Try it out for a few days, no harm since your already...
  31. M

    Light up my life

    The glow of a tank beat the glow of a TV any day !
  32. M

    Is there an option that tap water cause algee

    I guess using RO water could reduce chances of algal spores entering the tank via that route but then again spores are everywhere so I cant say how muc actual difference it would make. I usually change my water before the CO2 comes on.
  33. M

    Using car radiator as cooler

    They do drop the temps and keep them down even in the Tropics by 4-5 degrees but only during winter when the humidity is below 50 and ambient is 20-25 anyways :P
  34. M

    ADA AquaSoil - Amazonia LIGHT - have you heard of this NEW product?

    Can anyone tell me what are the two types of red stem plants in the pics above ? I think one of them is a plant I have been looking for but not able to identify
  35. M

    Barrs GH booster dosage?

    I think the rotala one is wrong. 77gm is a huge amout. 1 tsp should be more than enough
  36. M

    Bulk activated carbon-good source?

    Instead of carbon use Purigen. Same positive effects - reduces tannins and some organic wastes but generally leaves the inorganic ferts we add alone. Also it can be recharged with bleach atleast 4-5 times before needing replacement. Save the AC for removing medication or an emergency like if...
  37. M

    Double sided tape - safe?

    I just use plastic clothes clips on wires to hold them onto the glass. I do this for powerheads so that they dont fall if the suction cups fail. the two halves of the clip dont hold the inner and outer parts of the wire but the hinge part pushes down the wire onto the glass. Wire is passed...
  38. M

    Cabinet motion sensor lighting

    It should work. I used to use the one from Ikea. Unfortunately my was stuck on a bit precariously and came off and got crushed by the door :P
  39. M

    Using car radiator as cooler

    Unfortunately there are no cheap or easy ways to cool a tank. Im speaking from experience. Fans can cool your tank enough IF your ambient humidity is low due to evaporative cooling. The number of fans will obviously depend on the size of the tank, 4-6 120mm or 80mm should be sufficient on a four...
  40. M

    Can anyone recommend an indoor plant?

    You could also try Peace Lilys, Spider plants, Ficus and 'ZZ' plants
  41. M

    Beef heart substitute

    Why dont you try Beef Heart Sticks from TA-Aquaculture ? Its good stuff
  42. M

    Stocking plants

    Keep it in a cool place and maybe for a couple of hours expose them to some artificial light. Most of these are grown emersed anyways and it looks like there is some moisture inside the bags so you basically have mini greenhouse. Dont keep in the sun because it will get really hot and melt
  43. M

    The Apocalypse

    What about metal or plastic mesh over the top ? I wonder which would block less light and require lower maintenance mesh or a glass/plexi sheet ?
  44. M

    90cm tank - two filter tank output arrangement

    For my 75x45x45cm tank I use 2 externals. One Eheim 2217 and one Sun Sun 302, both 1000lph. The inlets are on opposite ends of the tank towards the middle/front. Outlets are spray bars along the back. 2217 has only a single section of spraybar pointing towards the front centre of the glass...
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    Chlorine based sterilisation

    For filter parts and hard plastic I would use bleach and for porous stuff like rocks and driftwood I prefer hydrogen peroxide as a light rinse and scrub after treating will clean it and be safe without having to worry about chlorine that has seeped in and getting it out since it just breaks down...
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    Best Filtration for keeping vast amounts of Shrimps (Brackish)

    Forgot that it was brackish. That said I think Hyacinths and pistia would do ok. We see a lot of them in the backwaters which are often brackish
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    Twinstar..what is it?

    Im using a Chihiros disc with my Twinstar. It works but there is a bit of a time delay i.e. if the twinstar runs for 10 seconds then the Chihiros disc turns on only after 3-4 seconds. Other than that its the same. No idea if others have the same issue as I cant find anything online other than...
  48. M

    Limnophila aromatica - The Rice Paddy Herb

    Oh in case it hasnt been mentioned before, I have seen cut portions of the leaves start to grow roots ! When I had it in my tank, I had to trim it regularly because it grew so fast and while pruning I guess some of the leaves got cut in half. Some of these got stuck in my moss wall and some time...
  49. M

    70l canister suggestions please.

    Hang on filters would be your best bet. Also there is a decent capacity Azoo external filter that is slim and rectangularish in shape that could be a suitable option
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    Best Filtration for keeping vast amounts of Shrimps (Brackish)

    Get a shop blower airpump and run a few large sponge filters off them. Sponge filters are good for shrimp cos of the aeration as well as grazing surface for the shrimp plus some more media for bacteria could colonise. If the tank is outdoors and gets some sun then you could add some floating plants
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    Timers - Mechanical, Digital, Remote, WiFi

    Ive had no luck with a few different mechanical timers in the past, they always seem to lose time at different rates and a lot of it. By the end of the month there would be a difference of 30-45 minutes from the set timing. Currently been using digital timers from DX. Only had one complete...
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    Understanding adaptation to no Water Changes

    Hey you should get a cleaner crew of a few RCS and maybe some nerite snails to help break down the larger waste into smaller bits that can be more easily broken down further by bacteria. While I generally dont prefer to use them, try a bacteria product like Seachems Pristine or Microbe lift that...
  53. M

    Insularium - Exclusive first sight

    Get a couple of stems of H Pinnatifida in there. They grow great emerged and have lovely purple flowers. They can add a nice palm tree look to your island
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    hygrophila pinnatifida problem

    It tends to get like that. Up your CO2 a bit or start supplementing liquid carbon and move it to a nice bright area. It needs lot of light. I had it for quite a while. The lower older leaves would develop pin holes and fall off even after increasing my EI dosage and CO2, until I moved it from...
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    Cleaning co2 bazooka diffuser with H202

    Remove it from the tank and soak it in a small cup for half an hour or so with enough H2O2 to cover the diffuser. Then just rinse under the tap and put it back in the tank. You dont need to do this often, every 3 months or so or when you see a drop in performance should be just fine.
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    Dwarf Puffer sexing??

    I think both the ones you have are female. From what research I remember from when I had a few is that the males tend to have larger black patches and the black has a bit of iridescent/metallic shine to them while females have smaller black spots that are dull matte black
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    What is the healthiest cookware?

    Most of our pots are stainless steel or stainless with a brass bottom on the outside and most of them are atleast 15-20 years old. As for non-stick cookware Just picked up a granite/stone coated wok and a set of ceramic pans. Work great and the ceramic especially needs very little oil while...
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    Algae scrappers

    Do you guys get these approx 6x4 inch metal sheets for wall plastering in the UK ? In India they are very commonly used by painters to fill in cracks with plaster and to level out walls. They are about 1mm thick and quite cheap. Some of us use them instead of an algae scraper. They cover a...
  59. M

    Aquatic Utricularias

    I hate Utricularia Gibba with a passion though which sometimes comes as a pest with farm plants then turns into an almost impossible to get rid of weed.
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    How to clean a closed inline co2 atomizer?

    Instead of bleach I have had good results with H2O2 (hydrogen Peroxide). Does the job and no toxicity issue with livestock once its reconnected. I use a a syringe to fill up the chamber and then dunk it in a glass full of H2O2 so that the central open water flow area also gets cleaned. After an...
  61. M

    At it again but...diy led lights!

    How did you do the bends ? I bought one of these but didnt use it cos I thought Id need to cut and solder each bend. Can you post a closeup photo of the the parts where the strip curves please ? Thanks
  62. M

    Stupid Heat Wave

    Its pretty hot in Mumbai and since my tanks are in the bedroom they get cooled down to 22 degrees overnight and it stays cool enough throughout the day with a max temp of 25 degrees at the end of the light cycle or 26degs on a really hot day. Fans dont do much here because of the high humidity...
  63. M

    De Stroom

    Nice tank Felix. Its good to see another Dental Technician here. I am one as well !
  64. M

    Recommend a tank cycling product

    +1 for Tetra Safestart. Even though I know better a Marine expert told me to use it to cycle a new Marine tank. I tried it and it worked great ! I also tried the freshwater version and it worked very nicely too. Most of the other bacteria products might not be that effective but Safestart did a...
  65. M

    Coming back to UKAPS...

    Welcome back George ! Could you bring Mark Evans back as well ?
  66. M

    EI from Start Up

    In a new tank I start dosing from Day 1 but 1/3rd of the full dose for the 1st week, 2/3rd for the 2nd week and full EI from the 3rd week onwards. This is for a high tech setup. I also increase the lighting duration and also intensity in parallel but keep CO2 on full blast throughout
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    Having trouble keeping phosphate up

    I have a feeling that your macro mix is also quite a bit off from EI dosing. Im using the basic teaspoon measures to make my EI stock solution for 40-60Gal tanks. I mix up my ferts in 600ml coke bottles because they are easy enough to come by and using a cough syrup measuring cap to dose 30ml...
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    Question for ceg4048

    Jose both you and that guy who says you are 100% are going around in circles. First you were saying that a 1pH drop in any KH equals around 30ppm CO2 then that other chap says that with a lower KH 30ppm of CO2 will cause a larger drop in ph (the 1-1.5 you have mentioned) and he also says that...
  69. M

    What lies beneath the surface?

    Beautiful pictures and perspective. Thanks for sharing ! I went to the Andamans for a holiday last year. Really beautiful beaches and awesome clear water. The reefs were very badly damaged during the major Tsunami that happened a few years ago but I could imagine how breathtaking it would have...
  70. M

    Open Up Atomizer

    Mines been running since 2010. Absolutely no issues. I just clean it once in 4 months with H2O2
  71. M

    Saving water

    Do you have a shed in the garden ? If so you could make one on top of it
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    Saving water

    If you get a decent amount of sunlight and some free space in your garden you could make a solar still to purify the water. It would produce pure water and cover atleast some % of your weekly WC. You might even be able to grow some daphnia in there for your fish
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    Frustrated..changed to bigger tank and can't grow plants anymore!!!

    What is the height of your tank ? If its too tall, lights are mounted too high or reflectors are absent then it could be that your lights arent reaching the substrate. Also, bump up the CO2. On such a large tank I think a reactor would work better.
  74. M

    High tech setup for plants on wood?

    Stick to medium light for these plants. In my experience low tech plants like these create a mess in a high tech tank if not maintained well. I would also advise a bit more flow than usual for a tank with these plants
  75. M

    EI Waterchange with RO water

    Yeah I thought so but I just assumed that even those wastes would get more diluted by using RO water :P
  76. M

    EI Waterchange with RO water

    Im just wondering if I am following EI dosing and instead of the weekly 50% water change with tap water can I reduce it to 30% if I use RO water ? Since it has a very low TDS, will it 'reset' the tank in a smaller quantity as compared to tap water which has a higher TDS ?
  77. M

    Twinstar..what is it?

    Is your water really that hard ? :O Or could it be some calcium or magnesium compound thats got a greater affinity for the electrodes and your get some sort of electroplating thing going on ?
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    Twinstar..what is it?

    Ive been using the Twinstar Nano on a new tank and heres my feedback : 1] It does go a long way in preventing GSA on the Aquarium glass. I dont have any on this tank and I susually do have some in most of my tanks. 2] Doesnt help at all wit any non green algae 3] Doesnt do much as far as...
  79. M

    Glassy plants

    CO2 should come on about 1-2 hours before the lights and switch off around 1 hour before the lights. I would say in this case lighting is actually quite low for your size tank for plants such as HC
  80. M

    which Bucephalandra?

    I dont think thats a buce at all. The growth pattern is wrong. Buces grown similar to anubias. Their leaves are also covered in iridescent spots. That looks to me like a small crypt. Possibly cryptocoryne flamingo in the midst of changing forms
  81. M

    Feed blocks

    Check out Repashy Gel foods. Ive been using them and the fish and shrimp really love it. So does my cat :P
  82. M

    Taiwan imports vs EU bred shrimp ?

    Any links to someone from Taiwan who exports shrimp ? I know Germany is great at breeding shrimp and a lot of new varieties come form there
  83. M

    Best value for money fish food

    +1 for TA Aquaculture. And also Repashy Gel Foods
  84. M

    Do dry salts need to.be food grade?

    Ive always stuck to lab grades ever since I started dosing EI. The agricultural grades often have impurities in them that much up other peoples mixes from time to time
  85. M

    GH Booster

    I guess thats alright but Im just wondering how the commercial GH booster mixes that have caso4 are so clear ? CaCl2 is just so much more soluble in water would I be better of making separate solutions for MgSO4 and CaCl2 instead ?
  86. M

    ph and purigen

    Would purigen also have an impact on the buffering and pH lowering capabilities of substrate as well ?
  87. M

    GH Booster

    I have gradually been making a switch to a 50-50 RO and tap water mixture and my GH is quite low so I wanted to add GH booster to my fert routine and also to add to a new shrimp tank that I have setup which I want to run exclusively on RO because I dont completely trust my tap water I normally...
  88. M

    Electricity blackout

    When I have had a blackout I just pump the priming button a few times say 2-3 times an hour. Got through a 5 hr blackout ok
  89. M

    LED DIY wiring help

    Hi thanks for the reply. By insulate I meant wrap with electrical tape or heatshrink tubing. :D
  90. M

    LED DIY wiring help

    In my led build each driver will have 2 parallel strings of 10 LEDs each since the driver output is 1300ma and LEDs ate 700ma max I just wanted to check one bit of the wiring. The point where the single +ve of the driver splits into 2 +ves, one for each string as well as where the 2 -ves...
  91. M

    Acrylic Hood and Support design help needed

    Unfortunately not. I don't think it should be a problem. It will be similar in weight to a regular hood/canopy. I'll add another support in the back middle
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    Braceless tank question

    I for got to add that there will some weight of the hood as well on top of the tank. Honestly I dont like bracing along the sides as they block my filter pipes and in the centre because its in the centre !! how about if I just add the braces at the bottom of the tank instead ? Along with using...
  93. M

    Acrylic Hood and Support design help needed

    I made it bigger because I have used a lot more LEDs as I wanted to add some various colour spectrum ones because IMO the 6500K ones dont have good CRI and fish and plants dont pop. So large hood size is to distribute them well in order to get good coverage and colour blending and also so that I...
  94. M

    Braceless tank question

    Anyone here build their own tanks ?
  95. M

    Acrylic Hood and Support design help needed

    Aah I got your shelf design now. Just a1-2 inch strip along the sides and then shove the ALU pipe on top of it so that it rests on it. Then I will still be able to slide it back and forth. How would I raise and lower it ? By removing the shelf and sticking it back again ? I didn't understand the...
  96. M

    Acrylic Hood and Support design help needed

    I could do that but having the Ls and the slot allows me to slide each bar forwards and backwards giving me the ability to increase or decrease light in a certain part of the tank, for example if I had a sand FG without plants in it. I was just wondering if it would hold up. What do you think of...
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    Acrylic Hood and Support design help needed

    [/URL][/IMG] http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o779/mortisn/IMG_20140306_205354_zpse64bb5df.jpg Thats the basic design. I hope you guys can understand my shady drawing :D The hood will be made with Black acrylic while the supports will bemade in clear
  98. M

    Acrylic Hood and Support design help needed

    I'm making a new Led lighting unit for my tank. The LEDs are pasted on 3 4x1inch and 29 inches long aluminium box pipes. Each array will have its driver fitted on the back of the pipe. I am making a 30x18x6 inch box out of 8mm acrylic. This would be the same footprint as my tank and the 6 inch...
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    Braceless tank question

    Since my tank size is pretty much fixed for the foreseeable future and a rescape is long overdue, I am making a new tank out of extra clear glass. The current tank is 30x18x16 inches LBH made out of 8mm glass and is rimless and braceless. The new tank will be 30x18x18 also with 8mm extra clear...