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API Water Softener Pillow Size 5
API Water Softener Pillow Size 5
Price: $3.49
15 used & new from $2.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Soften Your Aquarium Water, November 14, 2015
Convenient way to soften your water without waste.

Reverse osmosis systems are good at removing calcium, magnesium, and other minerals from your tap water. The problem with them is the amount of water that get rejected can be five times the water produced. I live in an area where the water is very hard. Reverse osmosis uses 5-6 gallons of water to make one gallon of soft water. If you're fine with that amount of water waste then read no farther and get yourself an RO unit.

This product from API is an ion exchange resin. It will collect calcium and magnesium on the surface of the resin. After 24 hours, take the bag of resins and soak it in a strong salt solution. The resins will release the calcium and the magnesium and replace them with sodium. The process is reversed when you put the pillow back in your fish tank. Yes, you will add sodium to your fish tank. Sodium is not a problem for most fish species, but there are exceptions. Do some research on your fish to make sure they will be fine with sodium in their water.

You can also use potassium to recharge the resin within the pillow. Potassium will actually benefit your fish and plants. However, it is not easy to find potassium. The best place to find potassium is a home improvement store. Potassium is an expensive alternative to regular salt for recharging home water softeners. People with high blood pressure refill their home water softener systems with potassium instead of salt.

Use a proper GH hardness test kit to monitor your water. Do not use a TDS meter. The TDS meters that you get from the water company will not work. You do not want to adjust the hardness of the water without knowing the values before, during, and after the softening process. You only want to soften the water to the range that is required by your fish.

Highly recommended
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Samsung Portable DVD Writer Black 8X Slim DVD+/-RW (TSST SE-208DB/TSBS)
Samsung Portable DVD Writer Black 8X Slim DVD+/-RW (TSST SE-208DB/TSBS)
Price: $22.95
33 used & new from $14.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Item for Ultraportable Laptop Owners, November 14, 2015
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A portable optical drive like this is essential since many newer models of ultra portable laptops no longer come with one as standard. Having a multi-format portable drive will allow you to view DVDs from your miniature portable device. You can also burn DVDs and CDs.

This unit works fine. It is small enough and portable enough to carry in a backpack, however, I would suggest getting a carrying case to avoid damage to the drive. The one thing that kept the drive from getting five stars is its construction. I feel like portable devices should really be robust but I suppose for the price you cannot have one made of heavier gauge metal.

This device works fine on a Dell Inspiron 2 in 1 portable. The speed is fast enough for movies and installing software from DVD is fast. I have not written any DVDs on it yet.

Highly recommended

Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-32BB/AM)
Samsung 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-32BB/AM)
Price: Click here to see our price
6 used & new from $11.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Add Virtual RAM to your Windows PC, November 14, 2015
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Great, low-profile USB flash storage device! This unit is small enough to leave on your computer, even your laptop, at all times.

With the increased availability of cloud storage, you may ask what use is there for a portable storage device. Amazon provides cloud storage, where you can store music and files online. Google has its drive and Microsoft has its One Drive. All are convenient and you can access your data anywhere, from any computer. However, I still recommend that you back up your personal data on a device that is in your possession. Keep your personal data to yourself. You know what I mean. That picture of you and your wife after cocktails, that you would never want your kids to see! Videos of your boldest and most daring moments! Keep your most sensitive data locally and back it up.

How do I use this device? I use it to increase the RAM of my computer. Windows gives you a choice to use your USB flash drive to augment system RAM. Yes, it may not be as fast as onboard RAM but it will be faster than the paging file on your hard drive. It may too slow for the needs of the dedicated gamer, but for general office applications and typical productivity software, the added virtual RAM may actually help. My computer is not short on ram, but I wanted to see if there would be a noticeable increase in performance. I have not been able to test it since all I do is MS Office apps and my current onboard RAM is more than sufficient for those types of tasks. But, if you have an older computer or laptop that may be running sluggishly, you could consider taking this approach to supplement system RAM. You may be able to get another year of use from your old machine and put off an upgrade.

Highly recommended.

Gaiam Restore Multi-Point Muscle Massage Roller
Gaiam Restore Multi-Point Muscle Massage Roller
Price: $19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Substitute for your masseuse!, November 14, 2015
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This is a substitute for your massage therapists!

Most of us will experience back ache from time to time because of the office lifestyle. This roller can help reduce the discomfort. Put the roller on the floor, lie on your back, on top of the roller and move your upper body "up" and "down". When I say up and down, I do not mean vertically but rather horizontally over the roller. This will relax your back and ease some of the pain. Common sense of course tells you that you need to be in reasonable shape and the pain in the minor range for you to be able to do this. If your pain is severe, then you will not be able to do roll around like this. If you have an injury, perhaps you should consult your doctor before doing this.

This roller is also good for relaxing your tight muscles before going to bed. Roll your body over it gently, even your thighs and calves. It will actually make you sleepy!

Is this perfect? Ok, I lied. It's not a substitute for a therapists. But it is a good home remedy that you can use anytime, in the privacy of your own home and you will not have to pay your therapists/masseuse an arm and a leg. I found the unit a little too soft, but perhaps it's because I did not inflate it properly. You can adjust the firmness with a manual bicycle pump and an air needle is included. I also do not have hardwood floors and use this on carpet. I think you may enjoy the experience better if you have access to a clean hardwood floor where the roller can move freely.

Highly recommended.

SunSun JUP-02 5W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump
SunSun JUP-02 5W UV Sterilizer Submersible Filter Pump
Offered by Monster Pets
Price: $23.53
5 used & new from $23.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UV Sterilizer for a Good Price, November 14, 2015
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This is the easiest way to incorporate a UV sterilizer to your tank. The entry price point is very reasonable and the claimed bulb life is reasonably long. If you want to try adding a UV sterilizer to your set up, this is the way to go.

The unit is approximately ten inches long and it is bulky. Keep those things in mind as this unit will take up a lot of space inside your tank. It takes up more space than a Fluval U2 internal filter for comparison. The water flow rate is fast enough to add significant turbulence to your tank.

This 5 watt UV sterilizer will be fine for reducing waterborne algae and bacteria. It will not get rid of larger parasites like flukes and leeches. It will reduce the ich concentration in your tank, but keep in mind that ich also make their home on the substrate and on the fish. That means you cannot rely on this to rid your tank of ich. The UV filter will only kill organisms that pass through the unit. Any organism living on the sand, the plants, and the ornaments will not be affected. The equipment will destroy the algae floating in the water but it will not kill the algae growing on the rocks. For more information, go to Youtube and search for UV sterilizers. There are many knowledgeable in the hobby who have taken the time to make videos on this topic. Wayne's Fish World did a fairly informative video on the proper use of UV sterilizers.

About this specific unit, the subject of this review, it is sized for tanks up to 40 gallons. I am running it on a 20 gallon. The physical size of the unit obviously take up a lot of room inside the tank. Aside from that, there are no disadvantages to using a UV sterilizer. The heat output could increase the temperature in a tank of this size but you can set up the unit so that it will only run for a certain amount of time each day rather than continuous. That should help maintain your tank's temperature.

I battled an ich outbreak recently. Yes, I broke quarantine protocols and added the fish directly from pet shop to tank! See, it always bites you back when you take shortcuts! I ended up losing 7 neon tetras before the outbreak cleared. It took about three weeks! The medication and the daily 25% water change caused the tank to become unstable. The water became cloudy on the second week. Seachem Clarify did not help and neither did changing the filter pad. It started out as a white cloud, but eventually turned greenish when algae bloomed. Generous amounts of supplemental bacteria from Microbe-Lift eased the problem and gradually brought clarity back to the tank. The tank is clear now, but the water still looks a little green even after replacing the carbon in the media. Ammonia and nitrites are zero. Nitrates fluctuate around 10 during the 5th day after a water change, two days before the weekly water change. Nitrates go down after the water change but climb back up slowly until the next one. Plant growth have been slow because I stopped supplementing during the treatment period and for two weeks after because of the algae bloom.

This is my first product from the Sun Sun company. Overall impressions are that the unit itself is made just as well as what you might expect from better-known companies. As Wayne mentioned in his youtube video, many times the products from well-known brands are actually made by the same manufacturer. The most important consideration in my purchase was the availability of the replacement lamp. Thankfully, the replacement lamp for this model is quite common and can be ordered here at Amazon.

You're reading this because you have an aquarium problem that you want to address. This unit can address floating algae, bacterial blooms, reduce fungi, and reduce free-swimming ich. But by itself, it cannot remove all of the ich from your tank. It only takes a few surviving ich to make many more. Use this UV sterilizer as part of a holistic life support system for you fish tank, but do not depend on it to cure an ich infestation. Unfortunately, you will have to medicate your tank to get rid of ich. And it will take a lot of time. If you have invertebrates in the tank, you will have to be careful in your choice of medications. If you live in a warm climate and your tank is 29 gallons or less, consider running the sterilizer part-time rather than full-time to avoid heating up your water. Both the lamp and the motor produce heat. You will also need to check the sponge filter during your weekly maintenance. Clean the sponge to make the water flow freely through the lamp chamber to keep the bulb cool.

Highly recommended.

Pack of 3 Yellow Stabilo Boss Highlighters Fluorescent Colours Water-Based Ink
Pack of 3 Yellow Stabilo Boss Highlighters Fluorescent Colours Water-Based Ink
Offered by SPK Mart
Price: $5.90
27 used & new from $1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Refillable Highlighter, November 13, 2015
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Excellent highlighter that can be refilled.

Highlighters are very useful to those who read. The more text you read, the more you highlight, the faster your ink will run out. You would normally just go out and buy a new highlighter. Some highlighter brands can be refilled. Staedtler, Stabilo Boss, and Preppy all make refillable highlighters. The best refillable system comes from Staedtler but their refill jars are hard to find. Stabilo Boss refills are somewhat easier to find.

The Stabilo Boss yellow ink is darker than the equivalent yellows from Staedtler and Sharpie. It stands out more. All of the brands that I mentioned are of high quality and will not smear or bleed through most textbook paper. All of them glide smoothly across the paper and their tips have proven durable.

You should try all of the brands mentioned above to find out which one will suit your preference. All will do the job. If you plan to refill, my suggestion is to pick the Staedtler Textsurfer or the Stabilo Boss. If you want a darker, sharper ink, pick the Stabilo Boss. If you want the easiest refill system, pick the Staedtler.

Highly recommended, but you should try other brands to find your preference.

Prime, 100 mL / 3.4 fl. oz.
Prime, 100 mL / 3.4 fl. oz.
Price: $4.89
19 used & new from $3.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Seachem Prime, November 2, 2015
This is Seachem's prime product. It makes your tap water safe for your fish. In most cases, this is all you will need to remove the chlorine and the chloramine that may be present in your tap water.

If your current dechlorinator is working fine for you, then there is no need to switch. API and Kordon both make very good dechlorinators. However, if you use Purigen and you want to regenerate it with bleach, then I recommend Prime. For the simple reason that this is the product used by Seachem to remove the chlorine from Purigen after regeneration of the beads. You do not want to risk putting the Purigen back into your filter if you still have a small amount of bleach on it. When doing something critical, use the same materials that the manufacturer used during their testing.

Highly recommended.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1  11.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Pentium N3540, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Silver) Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 11.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Pentium N3540, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Silver) Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Offered by Esolutions88(Tax Free)
Price: $406.99
56 used & new from $256.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dell delivered on this laptop!, November 2, 2015
Dell delivered on this laptop! This laptop hybrid will work well for those who need the portability. The screen is large enough to do office/business type tasks but still small enough to keep the unit to a reasonable size. I bought a Logitech brand wireless mouse because I prefer that type of input compared to a track pad. The plastic under the keyboard flexes but the keys themselves work fine.

Videos from Youtube play well. The hinge to the lid is sturdy and it feels durable. The build quality is what you would expect from an everyday, home laptop. Images on the monitor look fine but if you are a graphic artist or someone who has to have the sharpest and the most saturated monitor, you should look elsewhere. This laptop was designed for typical productivity and leisure tasks such as email, social media, word processing, spreadsheets, and online shopping. If you are an avid gamer, get a gaming laptop.

The unit is aesthetically pleasing with its sharp, square corners. It is plastic, as you would expect at this price range. This Inspiron is easy to carry in a backpack that has a padded compartment for notebooks. Get this if you need something more useful than a tablet, but still want the flexibility of the tablet. It is heavier than a tablet of the same screen size but then it also has more functionality and it runs office app faster. I bought mine last month direct from Dell. The price has come down since then if the Amazon price is the same as on the manufacturer's website. This is a very good deal for what you get when you consider the unit's portability and versatility. However, know that you can get a faster laptop for the same price, or even slightly less, IF you are willing to do without the "2-in-1" flip feature, and accept a larger physical size. You can get a fast 15.6 inch laptop for this price. But you will give up the portability and the other features mentioned above. You will gain performance and longer battery life with a bigger unit. If you plan to carry your laptop outside the home/office a lot, this is the better choice. If you will primarily use the laptop on a table and rarely move it, then get a bigger model.

All in all, this is an attractive product that functions very well for everyday productivity tasks as well as for typical social media leisure activities. I have not tested the absolute limit of the battery, but I have had no problems using it for 4 hours of spreadsheet work.

Highly recommended.

Kordon Rid Ich Plus  #37656  - 16oz.
Kordon Rid Ich Plus #37656 - 16oz.
Price: $8.90
22 used & new from $7.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Ich Safely, October 29, 2015
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Works fine in a tank with Amano Shrimp and Cherry Shrimp.

Perhaps I should quality that with a disclaimer. In my situation, under uncontrolled circumstances, this product has not harmed the above shrimp species using the standard dosing. When I say "uncontrolled circumstances", I meant that this is not a laboratory situation. Rather, it is typical home aquarium situation with all of the complications and unknowns present. So, if you're shrimps are precious to you, then please relocate them to another tank prior to treating the sick tank with this medication. Do not take the risk if you have the spare tank to move your invertebrates prior to treatment. Medicating a planted community tank that contain several species is a compromise.

Another choice you will need decide on is whether to raise the temperature or not. As we have discussed in previous reviews of fish medications, there are advantages as well as disadvantage to raising the temperature. Doing so speeds up the life cycle of ich. This is important because this parasite can only be "poisoned" when it is in a free swimming stage. Medication will not harm the parasite when it is in the encysted stage (the white spots). However, raising the water temperature will stress the fish, lower oxygen levels in the tank, and could make the tank unstable. If your tank is already in the 75-78 degree range, then leave it alone. That will mean increasing treatment time, but it will be safer. Also,increasing the duration will increase your chances of getting rid of the ich completely. Follow the directions carefully, do not improvise.

This medication is gentle and has a wide margin of safety. It will treat the conditions listed on the bottle. However, please understand that this will not treat anchor worms, leeches, and internal worms. Those are serious parasites that will require serious medication. Use this product for the diseases listed on the bottle. Use this product according to directions on the bottle. Do that and you will have better success. Using this product for leeches and flukes is like trying to treat a 30 caliber gunshot wound with aspirin. Start the treatment as soon as you see the first signs of ich. Do not wait. Time is important. Ich is a fast killer of small, delicate fishes like neon tetras. Larger cichlids can last a long time with ich. Sometimes the ich infection has already done a lot of damage to the gills by the time you see the familiar white spots. For small tetras, it is sometimes too late. A large, tough specimen like an Oscar should recover. If one fish has ich, assume all of them has it. The whole tank will need to be medicated. Taking only the fish showing white spots to a treatment tank and leaving the main tank untreated will not work. Ich must be eliminated from the main tank. The ich is an environmental parasite in the sense that it is in the environment. In my experience, ich medications are effective. When treatment fails, it is usually due to violating one of the principles of ich treatment. Think of ich treatment in terms of treating a large kennel facility that is experiencing a severe flea infestation. Taking the dog with the most visible signs of flea infestation to a separate building and treating it there will help that dog. But it will not do anything for the other dogs in the kennel who may be harboring fleas in low numbers, as well as the fleas in the environment. You have to treat the whole kennel, dogs, bedding, and building. The same idea applies to your fish tank. Treat the whole tank.

Highly recommended.

Fluval C 100g/3.5-Ounce C-Nodes
Fluval C 100g/3.5-Ounce C-Nodes
Price: $9.99
7 used & new from $9.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement Biofilter for the Fluval C2, October 29, 2015
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Ceramic biological media is not exactly an exciting product. This is just one of those consumables that you buy if you own a fish tank. Nevertheless, as a service to fellow consumers, it is important to share our experiences with products, even the less-glamorous items like this Fluval C-Nodes biological filter media.

I have the Fluval C2 and C3 power filters. The C3 is still in the box and has not been opened. The C2 has been in service since January of 2014. It has proven itself very reliable and the performance is satisfactory. Consumables for the C2 model are the filter pads, the bagged carbon, the bio-screen filter, and ceramic biological media. The filters pads should be replaced once per month, or sooner, depending on your tank. The carbon can be replaced when it is exhausted. Some users do not bother with carbon. The filter functions fine without it, although if you have driftwood in your tank, your water will turn yellow sooner without carbon. The small bio-screen is an optional item. It's a small fabric with holes that help distribute water through the trickle filtration module. The trickle box contain the ceramic bio-media, which is the subject of this review. Normally, you will replace some of the media as they become clogged. The media itself will not deteriorate, but slime eventually builds. You can usually rinse the slime, but you will get to a point where it may be best to replace some of the media. This will happen because the C series models allow a lot of water bypass. The water that trickles through the ceramic media is unfiltered. There may also be a time when you medicate the tank but forgot to remove the trickle box. The ceramic media at that point is now contaminated with antibiotics. At that point, I suggest replacing them after the treatment.

One of the selling points for the Fluval C-series models is the added benefit of the wet/dry trickle box. In theory, this should help with bio-filtration since the medium is located above the water line, where it is exposed to air. More air means more bacteria. More bacteria means faster decomposition of organic waste and faster detoxification of ammonia. This might be helpful for those who crowd their tanks.

The C-nodes are just simple ceramic media. I suspect you may be able to substitute just about any media that will fit in the trickle box. The C2 is a small filter. Its filter box is small. Rather than use the bio-media from a Hagen Aquaclear, which is easier to find locally, I went ahead and ordered the ones specifically made for the filter model. If you have the larger models, the C3 and the C4, the filter box will be larger and you will have more options.

Highly recommended if you own a model C2.

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