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post #16 of 64 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 06:17 PM
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Thanks jeffvmd and toofazt. Toofazt, if I am understanding correctly--you took the bottom flashlight casing off, but the bulb and its socket from inside the flashlight casing are zip-tie mounted on the stock bar as per the edge thread's double-tubed aquarium cfl?

If it's easier if I just wait to see the pic, I understand!
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post #17 of 64 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks jeffvmd and toofazt. Toofazt, if I am understanding correctly--you took the bottom flashlight casing off, but the bulb and its socket from inside the flashlight casing are zip-tie mounted on the stock bar as per the edge thread's double-tubed aquarium cfl?

If it's easier if I just wait to see the pic, I understand!
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Thanks, toofazt! That is much clearer for me to understand. But you cannot put the square screened top on over that, correct? The 1/8" too much?

Now I will ask you and jeffvmd another hapless electrical question. This is something I asked on the edge thread but it got lost in the beautiful tank pictures.

If I do the original light mod shown there (with the 10 watt cfl), can I just use a prefab socket/cord to power it? If so, is there a special kind I would need? I ask because the op for that mod describes purchasing a socket and then wiring it with an extension cord. I wasn't sure if he did that to economize, or whether there was something special about that way of powering the bulb that was necessary.

Thanks again for all your guidance! I have ordered the led's and will do the fluorescent part upon the receipt of your advice...
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Thanks, toofazt! That is much clearer for me to understand. But you cannot put the square screened top on over that, correct? The 1/8" too much?
You CAN put the top over my setup. If you were to add the clear protective tube from the work light then the top wont fit unless you modify the stock light bar. How it's setup now you just remove the top and flip the light bar up like normal to gain access to the tank as seen in the pics above.

Everything is pre-wired, even comes with a on-off switch. The only thing I modified was extending the wires about 6" so I could hide the transformer in the back cover.


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You CAN put the top over my setup. If you were to add the clear protective tube from the work light then the top wont fit unless you modify the stock light bar. How it's setup now you just remove the top and flip the light bar up like normal to gain access to the tank as seen in the pics above.

Everything is pre-wired, even comes with a on-off switch. The only thing I modified was extending the wires about 6" so I could hide the transformer in the back cover.
Ah, okay. Good to know. Thanks again!
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Looks good I think the rummys will like their new home
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+1 on toofazt's advice.

You can also get the heavy duty socket from homedepot which is around 4bucks and a 6foot extension cord. You must solder the extension cord's wires to the bulb sockets wires.
Using shrink wraps will protect the soldered parts.

When you solder the ends of 2 wires, make sure that the wires are of uneven length (one long and short) to avoid shorting out In case the insulation wears off and prevent the 2 wires from touching.
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Here's the two week update, sorry for the horrible tank picture! I've added some more plants: Myrio Mattogrossense, Dwarf Sagittaria Subulata, Nymphoides Taiwan, Subwassertang, Needle Leaf Java Fern, Hygrophila Polysperma, and one of my melted Cryptocoryne Parva has sprouted two new leafes! Not sure how long I'm going to keep the stem plants, they grow too fast for such a small tank! I've also added my first lonely fish; a White Cloud (Tanichthys Albonubes). Got a couple good shots of him but unfortunately he wasn't flaring his fins all the way...





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Added an S+ Tiger Tooth CRS yesterday and this morning he was laying on his side on the bottom of the tank. Guess the trace amount of ammonia is too high for him. I stuck him in a cup of RO water and after a couple hours he came to and is currently swimming around perfectly happy. So he's staying in the cup until the ammonia in the tank is absolutely zero; lesson learned.





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Wow your pictures are gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use to take shots like that? Are u manually focusing? Or is it just auto? All my photos are blurry I cant adjust shutter speed either
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i kind of like the uneven lighting of the tank. a tank with evenly illuminated bottom only reminds me of an operational table in the hospital.
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post #27 of 64 (permalink) Old 02-12-2011, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Wow your pictures are gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use to take shots like that? Are u manually focusing? Or is it just auto? All my photos are blurry I cant adjust shutter speed either
Thanks! I use a Nikon D40x and took the fish/shrimp shots with a Sigma 150mm lens and a flash mounted above the tank. I shoot in manual mode but keep the lens on auto-focus because the fish never stop moving.


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i kind of like the uneven lighting of the tank. a tank with evenly illuminated bottom only reminds me of an operational table in the hospital.
Don't get me wrong, I definitely love how it looks with shadows and uneven lighting but it's not the best for plant growth!


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This one would of been awesome if it was in focus



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My tank finished cycling so I put the CRS back in. Whizzle from this site gave me three Rummynose Tetras (thanks!) and they're doing well. My WC thinks he's a RM now and schools with them

I also gave the stem plants a trimming. I'll try to get some better pics of the RM soon...


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