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post #31 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-05-2012, 05:39 AM
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Do you have the line diagram of the sump. I'm contemplating something like this on the sides. One side for the sump and other side for a DIY CO2. Use 4" on both the sides on a 36" tank.
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post #32 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Do you have the line diagram of the sump. I'm contemplating something like this on the sides. One side for the sump and other side for a DIY CO2. Use 4" on both the sides on a 36" tank.
If you look in post #11 you can see a pretty good shot of what I ended up with but I do not have any diagrams of what I did.... I like to work in my head when it is something not involving school or work. I feel I can be more creative this way.

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I have thought about running an immersed setup with wrap around it and a CO2 airline going in as well. It will just keep pumping and work itself out as pressure builds. Seems feasible to me.
I thought of this as well but i haven't gotten around to refilling my co2 tank so it hasn't happened.
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post #34 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 06:16 PM
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This tank will look awesome when its grown in. NICE!
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post #35 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Finally an up date. It appears to have slowed down from the initial burst in growth. Its been about a month and ive just recently tried raising the water level in the tank as well as introducing more fertilizers well see how that ends up working.

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post #36 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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What do you guys think about this lighting fixture? Its got some good and bad reviews on here but I herd that the bad reviews were from the old design that had a bad ballast design.

Main question it only comes in a 24 inch and a 36 inch think 24 will be fine?

http://www.aquatraders.com/24-inch-4...e-p/52303p.htm
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What do you guys think about this lighting fixture? Its got some good and bad reviews on here but I herd that the bad reviews were from the old design that had a bad ballast design.

Main question it only comes in a 24 inch and a 36 inch think 24 will be fine?

http://www.aquatraders.com/24-inch-4...e-p/52303p.htm
I think it will be too much unless you raise it. That is pretty dependant on the reflectors. I believe they are not that good in that light, which would be to your benefit most likely.

I use a 24 inch T5HO on my tank (aquatic life) and though I am not sure I am dialed in yet, my light is around 12 inches above the tank if not more. I could probably fit another 20 long in between. I am running two bulbs for 10 hours with a 4 hour non burst on the other two.

I am not getting good growth out of my foreground though. Not sure if it's lighting or the plant (has always grown super slow. I have put other plants in to test and they grew quickly and have good color. I just added HC so once that starts to grow, I may lower it again.

A two bulb fixture would be a better bet but if you are only going four bulbs for a noon burst, you may be happy with that light. I believe, again, the reflectors are not so good which, again, would be to your benefit here. 2 bulbs of T5HO is too much light with amazing reflectors without raising the light.
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I think it will be too much unless you raise it. That is pretty dependant on the reflectors. I believe they are not that good in that light, which would be to your benefit most likely.
I want to have the light a good bit above this tank since its rimless and I want it to be able to be viewed with the whole tank including the top open. I also like the whole timing in different bulbs throughout the day and do it on my 75 with good growth. I also know its a novelty but i do appreciate the moon light as well.
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I want to have the light a good bit above this tank since its rimless and I want it to be able to be viewed with the whole tank including the top open. I also like the whole timing in different bulbs throughout the day and do it on my 75 with good growth. I also know its a novelty but i do appreciate the moon light as well.
It should work. I am using the same amount of wattage and my tank isn't very planted right now. I think the more bulbs the better, even if you only use the all for a short period of time, etc. It gives you flexibility.

I can't vouch for that fixture myself. As said, I don't believe it has the greatest reflectors but that is likely not going to be a problem, if it had amazing reflectors it may cause problems. I have read one person who had issues with the light and I don't know how it was resolved but many people are using them without issues. I think it's fine but my advice is meaningless here lol.

Can't wait to see this going. Looks like it's almost time to fill.
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Can't wait to see this going. Looks like it's almost time to fill.
ha ha I keep going back in forth every day as to weather its ready or not. If my co2 tank was full I would probably have already done it by now.
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ha ha I keep going back in forth every day as to weather its ready or not. If my co2 tank was full I would probably have already done it by now.
Wait for CO2 for sure. The HC has to transition from emersed and I found the best way to avoid or minimize algae outbreaks is to blast CO2 pretty heavily.
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Hey man, the tank is looking great, who did you order the HC from, it looks great as well
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Hey man, the tank is looking great, who did you order the HC from, it looks great as well
I got the HC from aquariumplants.com as per a friends recommendation. was very good quality

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Wait for CO2 for sure. The HC has to transition from emersed and I found the best way to avoid or minimize algae outbreaks is to blast CO2 pretty heavily. Yesterday 02:49 PM
Agree completely from what Ive read. I plan on turning this tank into a seltzer water for the first month.
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Alright guys its been quite a while and I am happy to say that I have finally filled the tank. Some time in June I thought the tank wasn't getting enough light so I put it out on the deck. Within an hour the heat reduced it to this



Needless to say I felt miserable and almost gave up

After about 4 months it eventually grew back to this which I am very happy with. here is the progression







After much mental debate I decided on this stand from petco and that light I mentioned earlier in this thread

here it is before the new lights arrived





Then the light arrived. After a short trip to lowes and $12.44 later i had this fancy light hanger



Tomorrow ill post pics of the tank running filled with water
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Wow nice! Great Journal.
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