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post #61 of 73 (permalink) Old 12-08-2011, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, the fixture has been working great, it's probably a bit too much light for me so I just unplugged one of the bulbs today. I really don't have many complaints about it - just know that it has a lot of plastic parts and it's not going to be ADA quality construction, but for the price, you really can't complain. It comes completely pre-assembled with bulbs installed already, and the plastic mounting arms in case you want to set it on the rim of your tank like I did.

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post #62 of 73 (permalink) Old 12-09-2011, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Some new pics after the trim:





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How's it look now? definitely considering hairgrass as a carpet in my 60p thanks to these shots.
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post #64 of 73 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I actually pulled the hairgrass a couple weeks ago and planted glosso instead. The hairgrass takes over everything eventually - it even sent runners underneath the stones into the background, and it was a pain to trim it since it gets so tall. Sure, it looks good right after a trim, but it's not worth the hassle unless you're doing an iwagumi with only hairgrass, and very tall stones that won't get buried.

Here are new pics. I also replaced the T5HO light with a pair of Innovative Marine 8 watt LEDs. The glosso was just planted a couple weeks ago so now we wait for it to carpet...



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Looks really healthy. The foreground should come in clean. Nice work.
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How do you like those LEDs?

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post #67 of 73 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 02:08 AM
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I really like the plant selection I think its going to grow out nice. Good move taking out the hairgrass.
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Looks really healthy. The foreground should come in clean. Nice work.
Thanks! This picture was right before a trim of the background. I'm looking forward to a nice glosso carpet.

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How do you like those LEDs?
So far they are pretty nice. I like the clean look, and the coverage with 2 of them is decent for a 60P. They give med-high light for a 24"x9" section of the tank. The one drawback is that the 60P is 24"x12". For me, this is ok, because the background grows too fast anyway and those rotalas don't really need high light. So, I aimed them at the front 9" of the tank and they have pretty good coverage. The temperature is 10K though, so they are a little white for my taste. Not blue though, but my sakura cherry shrimp lost some of their red coloring with the new light.

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Nice tank and setup. I got the Belem HG since it does not grow fast like normal HG.

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post #71 of 73 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Time for an update. The Innovative Marine lights have been growing plants like nobody's business! The tank has never looked cleaner either. I do have a few small specs of BGA on the glass (you can see them if you look really close), but I have also not cleaned the glass in 2 whole months! Check it out:



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Those lights are sleek and sexy. I like them. Tempted.

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What kind of lighting am I looking at if I use one of these 8w leds on a mini-m? according to the PAR graph at 12 inch its about 20-50 PAR. but goes up to 80 PAR at 6 inches. this is for a 12 x 9 area. the mini-M is 14 x 8. so it would be a couple of inches cut off... I want to replace my lighting soon but def want to find something more efficient and dont want to spend the $$ on a ADA light. I want med-high lighting because I will eventually add co2. Whats your experience with this light so far? thanks... btw, tank looks incredible.
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