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post #1081 of 1948 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 12:49 AM
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Any issues with algae? How long is your light period? Tank looks MINT, love that driftwood.
Thank you!

Had a bit of cyanobacteria before everything was established. Some hair algae as well, but both were pretty minor cases...increased flow, started dosing, let frogbit take over the top...problem solved

Lights are on 8 hours a day 12-8. The 4 T8s are actually quite bright so i had to raise the light until i could get some floaters.

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post #1082 of 1948 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 04:34 PM
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Figured this thread needed bumping up from page 3.

Who needs CO2 and dosing schedules? 8 month before and after -

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Been following your tank since you posted the original thread a while ago. Goes down as one of my top 10 favorite tanks I've seen in the water keeping hobby. So well balanced.
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Great job BigTom!


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post #1085 of 1948 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 08:12 PM
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older picture of one of my 55's, mainly just java fern crypts and flame moss, i do basiclly nothing to this tank. Has 2 48inch T8 6500k lights on it I bought at Lowes.




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post #1086 of 1948 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 01:59 PM
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My 45 gallon low tech/no Co2 set up. I do occasionally use Excel but don't really notice much of a difference. 2 6500k T5HO, O+ root tabs, just started weekly ferts with API leaf zone. Two canister filters. Weekly 25-30% water changes.
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older picture of one of my 55's, mainly just java fern crypts and flame moss, i do basiclly nothing to this tank. Has 2 48inch T8 6500k lights on it I bought at Lowes.



Referring to your lights, do you have 2 dual 48" shop lights, as in 4 t8 6,500k bulbs total?

55 Gallon Planted

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3 GBR, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Juvenile Super Red BN Plecos, 9 Oto Catfish, 9 Bloodfin Tetras
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Rotala Indica, Cardamine, Crypt Spiralis, Pygmy Chain Swords, Dwarf Sag, Lutea Crypt, Wendtti Bronze and Red, and Floating Frogbit
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My 29 gallon
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Male guppies



10 gallon - male betta, 3 ADFs
FTS



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post #1089 of 1948 (permalink) Old 05-11-2013, 02:49 AM
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Here is my 29 Gallon that I just started a journal on. I just ordered 10 yellow shrimp and am in the process of collecting what I need to properly take care of them. Forgive my inability to use my DSLR correctly. I need to figure out why the top gets overexposed and the bottom is dark. It looks much more "balanced" as far as light goes and lush in person.

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Stand: Petco Brooklyn 29 Gallon Metal Tank Stand

Filters: Undertow undergravel filter connected to three Whisper 20's (Two with filter media - on 24/7 all the time - another with just a airstone and small mesh bag half full of peat pellets - on only at night -)

Lighting: Stock 29 hood retrofitted with AHSupply 55w compact kit with polished reflector. (4) TrueLumen 12k LED Moonlight pucks, (2) TrueLumen Blue pucks. All-Glass aquarium top.

Heater: Aqueon Pro 100w

Substrate: Mix of "medium" size light naturally colored gravel mixed with Flourite Red (Approx 60/40) Capped with Eco-Complete

Other things: Malaysian Driftwood, Red Slate, Black Vinyl background, the usual timers, and dimmers for the LED's.

Plant Species: Mellon Sword, Marimo Moss Balls, Red Nesaea, Micro Sword, Java Moss, Java Fern, Bacopa, Wide Leaf Sag, Water Wisteria, Red Ludwigia and Dwarf Hairgrass.

Stock: 1 Lg. Kissing fish. Name is Fred. I have had this guy for approx. 7 years since a friend of my wife moved away. I was going to get rid of him when I revamped this tank but don't have the heart to. He has one eye, the other he lost the lens a very long time ago to...well I have no idea what) If he really starts to rip things up (he does a little at night mostly) then I may have to let him go.

2 Baby Marbled Angels, 3 Black Mollies, 3 Gold Mollies, 1 Zebra Danio (mistake by LFS) 5 Brilliant Rasbora and a couple of Olive Nerite snails.

I dose 1 cap-full of Flourish Excel every other day, 20 percent water change once a week. I keep the tank at 78 degrees. I am not going to vacuum the gravel unless absolutely necessary.

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And with the LED's on:

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My 10 gallon betta tank...still very much a work in progress...substrate is 2 inches of mineralized top soil capped by sand and some gravel. The lighting is a T8 15w 6500K fluorescent. HOB filter, Marinelife 100w heater set at 75 F. Using root tabs for three crypts wendetii (2 undulata [?] and 1 Tropica) Floating plants are anarachis and some riccia. Would love to add some small foreground plants or more java moss...

This tank is not as beautiful as many on this forum...but it's a start...this sure is a fun hobby



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Referring to your lights, do you have 2 dual 48" shop lights, as in 4 t8 6,500k bulbs total?
no, just 2 lights, 64 watts total. I can't remember if I had 1 10k light and 1 6500k light on this at the time. I was trying different bulbs and seeing how they looked.

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update on my tank

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post #1093 of 1948 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 01:08 PM
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Really like this tank

Very well done low tech. There are many many great looking low tech tanks on here but it's good to see a few that really get filled out like this. I'm going for kind of the same style. Some broad leaves in the back, dwarf sag, and more stems. Hoping mine fills out to this point by the end of the year. Can you give us a few quick specs on your tank? Mainly just lights, substrate, dosing, and what that really fine leaf stem plant bush is on the right? Well done

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Wow, reminds me of a lush rain-forest, looking great!
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post #1095 of 1948 (permalink) Old 05-30-2013, 03:20 PM
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Thanks bpb, I recently trimmed this tank. Took out the cabomba I had in the left back portion of the tank to make more space for the hygro polysperma. Also took out some stargrass, blyxa, and pearlweed from this tank and transfer them to another tank. i have collectoritis!!

the plant on the right side is najas. They are really fast growers.I have to trim them on a weekly basis. It reached a point where it was touching the front glass and so the plants under it weren't getting any light. I have 4 t5 shop lights on this tank. We custom made the hood. Re-used dirt subs capped with pea gravel. No dosing no co2 in this tank

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