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post #1846 of 2268 (permalink) Old 05-05-2013, 09:49 PM
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Figures it would only be 4 months after the warranty... hopefully the replacement will last longer for you
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Figures it would only be 4 months after the warranty... hopefully the replacement will last longer for you
The other lights were okay.

since the lights were the rear two, I was able to slide the light back and forth once a day to get decent front to back spread so the plants did not suffer too much.

Still, yea, figures, just a little while after the warranty runs out.
Ballast swaps are not a big deal though.

At least it is not a 180 cm ADA tank I just had finally fill in nicely after 4 years with a 3 year warranty.........

Could always be much much worse.








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^ Story on the 180 cm tank, what happen? Crack sealant or something?



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Could always be much much worse.
Very true
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^ Story on the 180 cm tank, what happen? Crack sealant or something?
Front panel near the top, came apart. Seen it on a few tanks, trying to go too thin on the glass. Thicker glass and a little overglue on the edges= much stronger seal over time. It's all about surface contact area.
But cost more and weighs more.

Still, if you are going to pay 500$ or more for a tank, it better last a long time.

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I tried to put a large lace plant in the rear right corner, but it was just too large.
I'll try E gussonii in the front open spot.

You can see the trim method for the Monte carlo, it's much firmer than you think, it's a tough thick mat, nowhere near as delicate as Gloss, ET, EH etc.
It'll slowly crawl over things.

I replaced about 10 sq ft in a client's tank with that little strip I removed, so it's very dense growth.
Fish did not uproot it at all.

Client's tank is running about 35-25 micromol where it's growing and it appears to have a very wide light tolerance.



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A severe whacking job:

You can see the monte carlo creeping back already after about a week.
I have a hole in the rear right corner and the front corner area.

Hopefully I'll decide on something in those 2 spots this week or so.

The A reineckii mini is doing well, but frankly, it's not too mini if you ask me. Good coloration though. I whacked the Mini milfoil back so you can actually see it.

Tank is dusty and dirty, have not cleaned the glass or allowed it to settle here, but you get a good feel for the post trim job, I redid the UG, the R mac, the L red, the L. gigantea, the L pantanal, the L senegalensis, the tornado, the mini Milfoil, the R mini butterfly, all in a one hour shot.

Other changes, switched out the old Victor CO2 for a mini dual stage, added in line CO2 reactor post NW, added dual drain pipes on the overflow/drip plate for increased flow and reduced prefilter clogging, switched out the return for a loc line.






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what made you feel like you needed more flow + dual drains? also loc line? i throughly enjoyed the clear pvc, you kept tantalizing me with it
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Wow!!! I see what you mean by the r. Mini isnt so mini haha... I think that was a good idea with the loc line...especially since your tank is so wide..
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what made you feel like you needed more flow + dual drains? also loc line? i throughly enjoyed the clear pvc, you kept tantalizing me with it
Quieter, less clogging of prefilter, more bean animal style, less degassing. This is what is also on my 180 gallon, so now everything is the same for the most part.

Loc line is smaller and more adjustable. Clear stuff like Silly lily pipes= get covered with brown slime and algae over time.

This causes slightly more rippling and flow. I also opened up the flow 100% after adding the in line CO2 catch reactor post NW. So this increased flow a little also, but it's much quieter.

I've not had the chance the really modify the pre filters to mimic the Bean animal design till the last few days. Works very well and is easy.

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Wow!!! I see what you mean by the r. Mini isnt so mini haha... I think that was a good idea with the loc line...especially since your tank is so wide..
I added those Erio parkeri you sent and that came in great shape.

They filled that front section with a nice contrast. I will toy with some smaller twisted pieces of Manzy tomorrow in that area to divide things and offer more spacial separation between groupings, but they fit and look good, better than I thought.

The mini gets about 1", this is about 2x the size I've ever gotten it from others.

It's not R. magenta either, it's got that same freaky color variable stems, maybe one out say 20-50 tops will turn green on you.

I'll place a 3/4" Y on the loc line and see if the spread is better. I have the 1/2" adapters and 1/2" spray bars(quite a few), but these distract too much and adds too much crap inside the tank for my liking. I also might adjust the flow down a touch and see how that affects things.

So I just need to conjure up a decent plant for the rear right hand corner.
I got some new Ludwigia "pink" ovalis, but it's too similar to other colors, but will see how it develops.

Potamogeton ampfolius is another native Ca plant option I've not seen anyone grow in the hobby ever.

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Im glad it made it in healthy condition

Pink ovalis... you get it from the uk?... ill be interested in seeing pics of it when its color shows for you
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Im glad it made it in healthy condition

Pink ovalis... you get it from the uk?... ill be interested in seeing pics of it when its color shows for you
I ordered 1 , got 13, one did not make it, the others are fine, you'll see ina day or two when I post new pics.

The pink ovalis is in another tank, the leaf shape is a bit too similar for this tank's grouping right now. I have a planned home for it in another tank.

I just need something for the rear corner now.

I thought about making a good size slab or wood with Pellia/subwassertang etc the darker green would look good, but that gets everywhere.

Swords, Most Crypts, Lag's are out.
The giant pond weed is nice, but it's harder to keep the groups nice and tight.
Plus I have to drive about 2-3 hours each way or so to get it.

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Your tank is so awesome! Beautiful stuff. Mesmerized
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