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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #1454

I was little bitter there huh?  I didn't mean to be so cranky about it.   
Sorry, just a reaction to the Dulpa consumer price index!
I have a hard time supporting over priced stuff is all.
Dave Gomberg is a one man operation and there are other's too. They aren't
over priced.
A small outfit with nice stuff is great but.........look at the cost too.
The idea of a wet/dry plant filter is a great idea........ I can't tout that
Many folks buy the Riccia rocks and after a couple of weeks the riccia
breaks off and the customer is angry. They feel burned or like it's too much
maintenance. The hairnet idea works and is easy. The plant filters are still
lots cheaper than Tunze's hydroponic reactors( I think they were about 80$
each) and they sat in the tank on their 1500$ rail system! Good product but
just a little pricey huh?
Tom Barr

>Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 08:19:29 -0800 (PST)
>From: Erik Olson <erik at thekrib_com>
>Subject: Re: Hydrologix, and articles
>On Wed, 15 Dec 1999, II, Thomas Barr wrote:
>> Yea , like they came up with the "hydro filters" themselves or something
>> ..................
>> This has been done about 15 +years ago by Tunze and myself and a bunch of
>> Cichlid keepers before us.
>Kind of annoying name, since there are already "Hydro Filters" out there,
>namely the excellent sponge filters made by Aquarium Technology (or is it
>Aquarium Products?).
>I remember when I bought _The Living Aquarium_ nearly 10 years back now
>(alas, it's out of print).  What a book!  It showed you how to build your
>own fishtanks out of glass or wood.  It had a plan for a pentagonal corner
>tank.  It showed examples of biotope aquaria.  And on one of the pages, it
>had a drawing of this filtration system that passed the water through a
>series of channels (not unlike the lines to check in at the airport) in a
>tray on the back of the tank.  Little potted hydroponically-grown plants
>were shown in the channels.  Best thing was that you could build it out of
>maybe $5 worth of acrylic (or maybe even a Rubbermaid tray!).
>If you go back even further, like to dawn of the hobby 100 years ago, such
>systems were the ONLY known method of "balance" to keep the nutrients low.
>Anyway, yeah, maybe it's just a piece of brown plastic, and yeah, maybe
>you can do the same thing by buying an Aquaclear-300 and just not using
>the carbon, but it's kind of cool to see this make a comeback in a
>commercial product (well, I use that somewhat loosely, since it looks like
>Hydro is yet another 1-person operation trying to fill the voids missing
>since Dupla, Amano, Sandpoint & others have made themselves scarce around
>these parts or have raised their prices to prohibitive levels... go to
>the link to Aquarium Frontiers from their gallery and you find the tanks 
>are owned by one Tom Mars.  Yeah, this stuff looks like "hey, I could
>build this and sell them" kinds of products.  Oh well.).
>  - Erik
>PS: Some DIY articles and discussions (I don't plug the Krib that much, so
>perhaps that will excuse all the links this time)...
>http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/CO2/reactor.html          ARTICLE!
>http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/People/Darn/darn4.html    ARTICLE!
>http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Tech/heater-writeup.html  ARTICLE!
>http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Tech/Resler-Cables/       ARTICLE!
>- -- 
>Erik Olson
>erik at thekrib dot com