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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 03:36 AM
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I believe CAM6467 was talking about making the substrate in the back of the tank higher than in the front not just the corner. It would give it a little more depth. something along the lines of this.

Not that it looks bad as it is but it just depends on what look your going for. Your tank looks like its off to a great start btw.
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post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 04:11 AM
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Looks really excellent. I would not have guessed you to be a first timer... well done.

Can't wait to see it with water and fish.
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post #18 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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I understand about the substrate. All of my hairgrass has rooted and started growing so I really dont want to mess with anything haha. I will see how everything looks down the line and if I think it needs to change I will look at doing so but for right now I really like what it looks like. Thanks for the idea and kind words.
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post #19 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 02:21 AM Thread Starter
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Water is in

So my wife talked me into adding water last night so I did. I actually like the flow of the Tom's Rapid Mini Canister but we will see how long that lasts. I have taken one of the bulbs out of the light fixture in fear of the two bulbs being over kill. The water has been in the tank for about 20 hours and seems like it is doing well. I have maybe one leaf of the HC that has died and there is a lot of pearling. Overall I think it is looking good.

Two questions:
1) How long of a light cycle do you guys recommend? My saltwater tank has moonlight, sunrise/sunset and daylight but with this one I don't want to give it too little light and I don't want to have a bunch of algae either.

2) What kind of plants do you suggest for the background?

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post #20 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 02:59 AM
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Wow, the wood placement looks epic!! First timer? Lies!

That 12g long is probably my favorite sized tank. Can't wait till I have room for one
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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 05:33 AM
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i think just having a tall hair grass would look really cool in the backgroud
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post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, this is truely my first planted tank. I have had a few Saltwater tanks but never a planted tank. I have to say that this is a complete 180 from saltwater tanks. High light in this hobby would be considered extremly low light in saltwater and you would get shunned for ordering a light off of Ebay. But I have to say it is a lot of fun.

So any ideas on light cycles? How long to leave the light on?

Also are the PH and Ammonia test that you have in Saltwater Test Kits the same as are used with freshwater?
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post #23 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-03-2012, 02:59 PM
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PH & Ammo tests aren't always the same - you have to check the packaging.

As far as light cycle? I shoot for about 8 hours of light per day in my high light tanks. Tend to time them with the hours I'm home and able to view them for the most enjoyment. In really low light tanks, I've been able to get away with 10-12 hours of lighting per day without issues.

Probably going to need to raise that fixture up a bit, as others have suggested. And be aware that your hair grass will eventually over take your baby tears without some sort of separator between the two.

This is a beautiful tank, though, and that wood is outstanding. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
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