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Nice build, we gotta get together and figure one out for the 55. I am not in the mood to drop more $$ than I need to when I have a DIY nut living ten miles from me. LOL

Plus there is that little issue we all were chatting about yesterday at the meet about me burning down my house..

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Rescaped the tank so the erios and downoi get more light, got rid of some of the cryps and moved others to the back of the tank. Going to sky craft tomorrow to find some magnets and fans.

Can you run computer fans in series?
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Nice build, we gotta get together and figure one out for the 55. I am not in the mood to drop more $$ than I need to when I have a DIY nut living ten miles from me. LOL

Plus there is that little issue we all were chatting about yesterday at the meet about me burning down my house..
Yeah demonr6 I'll look into something for your tank.

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Any updates?
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yeah, the light is doing great. my plants are growing like crazy

I've kept the same fan instead of buying a new one. Still haven't had time to stop by Skycraft and pick up some strong magnets. I also decided to keep the light white since it matches the white wall behind it, helps blend things in. Since its summer my electricity bill has spiked up so i'm not sure how much money i'm actually saving.
here are some pics. The light is so intense that I've had to prune every 3 weeks to keep things looking nice.







in the beginning I was dosing religiously and keeping a short photo period but since I started a new job I've let the tank unattended. I always do water changes and feed the fish but I need to automate the dosing. Sometimes I forget. so as a result I've had a bit of BBA


But all the plants are growing nice and healthy. I did kill some downei but thats because I placed it in the wrong part.



and who said you couldn't get red plants with LEDs running cool white.
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by the way is anybody in need of snails


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This is one of my fav tanks, it's a jungle! Those are a ton of snails, what kind?


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Nice tank. I reckon you should of gone with the 60 or 80 degree len's though, you would of got better coverage.
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the snails look like MTS. How did you get the snails to all gather in the one corner?
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Nice tank. I reckon you should of gone with the 60 or 80 degree len's though, you would of got better coverage.
Actually the spreadsheet showed that there was a significant loss of PAR when using higher degree optics. Right now I have minimal spill over from the sides of the tank, all the plants get the right amount of light with minimal spotting. I think if I would have used the higher degree optics then the shimmer would look crazy

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I have a ton of MTS! I have no idea why they like to bunch up in a corner, my only guess is that I have the co2 too high and its irritating them at the substrate. Usually I only saw them at night.

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Lights are broken!!!

Oh no, bad news. I came home tonight and it looks like the lights are on the fritz. they turn on but only at 1/3 power. They look very dim. I'm not sure what could have happen, they were working just fine yesterday.
I contacted RapidLED and I'm hoping for a reply soon. they have great customer service so i'm sure they can help me out.

what do you guys think? I've changed outlets, i've checked for stray voltage, none of the led's are burnt out, the driver isn't overheating, nothing major has changed at all.

Here is the link to the video of the light being plugged into another socket and then being unplugged. it stays on for a second, usually they turned off immediately.

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lights not working...

sounds to me like your driver bit it. LED's typically will be on or off if they 'burn out' with them staying on after the unplug it sounds like the internal varisters are not working properly. I could be wrong though. Keep us informed as to what happens with this!
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