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post #16 of 167 (permalink) Old 08-15-2010, 03:34 AM
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4x39W will be more than enough spread, even when placed on the tank like you have it. I have the GLA version of the 90P and a 4x39W T5HO as well. I do have it raised, but that's because I needed to reduce the light intensity.

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4x39W will be more than enough spread, even when placed on the tank like you have it. I have the GLA version of the 90P and a 4x39W T5HO as well. I do have it raised, but that's because I needed to reduce the light intensity.
That's good to hear and thanks for responding. So would you recommend that I build a conduit hanger anyway to lower the intensity of the light?
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It is always useful to have the light hung. It gives you more options down the road to adjust the intensity in accordance with plant growth rates and denisity.
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Got it thanks, september's discretionary spending will go towards some driftwood for the harscape and a conduit light hanger.
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Here's a new draft of what I'm going for with the "Forest's Edge" concept. I don't know if it's clear or not but what do you guys think? Any obvious design flaws?


I'm trying to bring the "edge" of the forest further along towards the back left of the tank so that it's not so segmented (or cut in half). I want the rock in front along with a red plant in the back to be the focal point thus obeying the 2.168 rule which would be about 13.74" according to my 36" long tank. I am planning on using "ADA Black River Stone" for my rock and getting driftwood that "leans" over the stream I'm creating with ADA Orinoco sand. Any feedback appreciated.

I also plan on using various moss and crypts to give it that "Old Forest" look.
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Any updates on this one? I am really hoping you are still planning on this tank, I am excited by your drawing.

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Wow, it has been a while since my last post. It's encouraging to see that there's been some interest in this scape. The good news is that there has been some significant progress made piecing this together. I have purchased my driftwood and rock and man let me tell you, when I have enough time I'm going to properly thank Rod or "dsdrifter" for his generosity and class. All my driftwood and rock came from him so if you like what you see, check him out @ thedriftwoodstore.com. Anyway, I'm still sticking to my forest edge concept with possible some minor tweaks. I've got a friend coming over tomorrow and we are going to put down the aquasoil and play around with the hardscape and try to get perfect. Since the purpose behind this is to compete, I may still wait on filling with water until I get exactly what I want with the scape. But without further ado, the pics:

Here's some shots of the driftwood in the tank. A black vinyl has been applied and I have built a light stand out of plumbing pipe.




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I'll be posting pics over the weekend and in the ensuing weeks as I get the plants. Please be ready to give feedback on our hardscapes!!! Pics will be coming soon!!
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I am going to following this. Initial setup looks good!

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That big piece of wood on the right is awesome, but it's going to make planting very difficult.
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HURRY UP!

Heh Just kidding. Great work with keeping a log of your progress and it's great that you are taking your time reading/learning and acquiring equipment. I started reading about making my own T5 HO light hood and had the CC out ready to buy 3x ballasts each able to drive 2x T5 54w 48" lights which I think would be overkill for my cheesy tank that doesn't use CO2. I just want to build things haha! I'll be keeping an eye on your nice setup.
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Ok, so we hit a snag. We decided to go with the smooth darker rock and we only had three pieces we really liked. So...for now this is what we got. We'll hopefully get some more rock from dsdrifter soon. Thanks for the feedback...keep it coming!

With one bag of ADA aquasoil and some hardscape, we'll probably be sticking with the wood the way it is just because i'm committed to the "Forest Edge" concept. What I really need help with are the stone placements, so, please fire away on the comments.





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That big piece of wood on the right is awesome, but it's going to make planting very difficult.
Thanks I like it too. I don't understand why it would make planting difficult but maybe you can enlighten me. I've put in an angled photo so that may give you a better angle of that big awesome piece.
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Sick set up you got started there! I'm not sure if you were wanting to put moss on the wood or not, but I usually find it easier to do before placement of the wood- especially on really branchy pieces.
Maybe some needle-leaf would look good back there?


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Looks great. Can't wait to see more pictures.

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great progress! i really like the wood pieces. subscribed!
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I would place the rocks more on the left to help balance the strong right.following along

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