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post #91 of 101 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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I couldn't find this anywhere on your thread and tried searching for an answer but couldn't find one. Are there any downsides to mounting your lily pipe on the back?
I haven't found any. It seems to me, as long as the water is flowing, things should be good.


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Arrow 3rd RUN!

After a great 2nd run, the tank was drained due to travel plans. I'm ready for a 3rd run and this time we converted the PC lights to DIY LED!















Currently without being flooded, I'm getting roughly 50 PAR at substrate level (via DIY PAR Meter). So without any adjustments, this will probably be a medium light tank. We can always squeeze a couple more LEDs in or add optics to focus the light more (a lot of light is bleeding in various areas). Plus the potentiometer should be coming in the mail any day, so adjustments can be made on the fly also.

Excited about this 3rd round with this tank!


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This is going to be fun.

Any scape plans?
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This is going to be fun.

Any scape plans?
Haven't gotten that far yet. Currently I have tanks coming out of my ears, but no real plans for any of them. Might possibly carpet a plant and house some shrimp, but I'm up for any ideas.


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Nice LED conversion! About how much did it cost total/ where'd you order your LEDs from?

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Nice LED conversion! About how much did it cost total/ where'd you order your LEDs from?
Thanks. It was about $50 worth of parts from RapidLED.com.
The bulbs on these Archaea lights aren't cheap, figured this conversion would cost less in the long run.


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I've decided to remake the last scape again, but with improvements this time. 3 more LED bulbs were added to the build.
Majority Blyxa again with a few downoi. ADA Aquasoil that has been cycling for about 2 months now, just planted today.
Orlando at GLA custom built me a super fine needle valve for my Atomic Regulator, wow it's amazing!





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Any more shots of the tank?

This is exciting. Always love the beginning of a new scape and watching it evolve in photographs.
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Any more shots of the tank?

This is exciting. Always love the beginning of a new scape and watching it evolve in photographs.
I'm more excited about getting some large bushy blyxa!

Here are some more shots, though I don't know they they came out so bad. (should use a tripod)







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Plants are growing quickly and appear to be healthy. Very little signs of algae in this tank. Funny thing, I don't have this setup on a light timer. This tank gets light when I remember to turn on/off the lights. Tank also gets fertilizers on a random schedule; dosing macros/micros unevenly on non-sequential days.

Growth over the last 11 days.









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