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post #256 of 299 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 08:02 PM
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post #257 of 299 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Nice DIY! I spray painted mine black. Which doesnt help any if you dont have a black background :/ I wonder if these Ehiem pipes can be heated and bent the same as acrylics are? I would assume so?
I don't mind the green so much but I'm sure it could be painted. As for bending I don't have a clue. I was thinking could pick up another Eheim intake, trim it to size and use it for the j portion and have one "joint" that's connected with tubing instead of the three I have now. After looking at the pic I think I may do that. It would make it a a bit more compact.

I'm sure the same thing could be made with PVC and painted or the gray schedule 80 stuff and one would just need to buy or find the appropriately colored strainer.

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Very nice DIY solution
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post #258 of 299 (permalink) Old 05-28-2012, 04:27 AM
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I have drilled a tiny hole (1/16) in my output/spraybar pipe about a 1/4 inch above the water line that is angled slightly upward, it's like a tiny fountain but the movement keeps the surface spotless but you do hear the trickle sound but I like it.

I've never tried to heat or bend them but I have cut them up to fit ever possible configuration.
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Just to prove that nothing has changed much in the last couple of months . The ferns are looking a bit ratty after a trim this weekend though. Anyone else have trouble making pics that actually look like the object? Too dark, too light, too yellow, too green, too red.... Whenever I get down on how the tank looks I just have a look at the pics, glance back over at the tank and it perks me right up,lol.




The crypts have grown a bit though.

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post #260 of 299 (permalink) Old 08-13-2012, 09:15 PM
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Those crypts are beautiful!
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post #261 of 299 (permalink) Old 09-22-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Update time. I decided it was time for the really big trim. As you can see above, the ferns were way overgrown. Once I started it was like I was possessed. I didn't stop until I had pulled all of the fern off the driftwood on the right and cut a very substantial amount out the fern on the left. The I stepped back in shock and asked myself, "what have I done", lol. I had a 5 gallon bucket 3/4 full of trimmings.

So, I reattached some of the fern to the right side wood, as was my plan. I also picked up more Lilaeopsis to fill in the huge bare area that had been under the fern and also got more blyxa to fill in towards the back.

Now a month later I'm having some BBA issues on some of the Lilaeopsis and fern leaves. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have reduced the lighting after the trim. When I changed over from all stems to no stems I also cut the lighting down to 1x54. I guess I should mention that my lights sit right on top of the tank, under the canopy, about 20 inches above the substrate. It's a Catalina 2x54 with separate cords and switches for each bulb. As the plants filled in over time I began using the 2x54 for part of the lighting period since I was concerned about the ground cover getting too much shade. Right before the big trim I was using 2x54 for 6 hours a day with 1x54 for 2 hours on each side of that and after the trim I left the lighting period unchanged. I should have gone back to 1x54 and upped the lighting as the tank grew in, but I didn't and now I have to deal with it.

This has been the easiest version of this tank to deal with as far as algae, plant growth, etc. I attribute that to adjusting lighting and CO2 of course to what was needed at the time. Slow and steady resulted in no algae issues. So I'm back to 1x54 for a good while until things fill back in.

As for Lilaeopsis, does anyone know if it can just be mowed or does it need to be trimmed at the runner? I'd really like to just take the scissors and cut off the the leaves with BBA and not have to pull it up and separate it.
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Those ferns looked gorgeous!

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Jeff it's too bad as it was a a beautiful little tank but it's time for a new begining now!!! Any ideas or whats the latest on the tanks?
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Jeff it's too bad as it was a a beautiful little tank but it's time for a new begining now!!! Any ideas or whats the latest on the tanks?
I'm sticking with the same layout for now. Just watching the ferns grow back and added more Lilaeopsis and blyxa.
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post #265 of 299 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 05:33 AM
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Very impressive quick question, where did you purchase your wood?
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post #266 of 299 (permalink) Old 10-27-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Very impressive quick question, where did you purchase your wood?
Missed your post somewhere along the way. Part of it was from Tom Barr (Plantbrain) and some was from another guy, who's name escapes me, that used to sell on the forum.
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can't wait to see pics after the big trim
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post #268 of 299 (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Let's see how this works. It looks overexposed a bit. The tank isn't quite this bright and appears a lot greener in person. My videography skills rival my photography skills, lol. Oh yeah, watch it in HD.

http://youtu.be/mg78DEWJxBo

Anyone know how to embed the video instead of having to post a link?
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Mow the microsword, it'll grow back, slowly.

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It's been awhile and I always really liked your tanks.

Anything to update? Like some new pictures

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