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post #31 of 106 (permalink) Old 09-04-2012, 12:16 PM
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Love the video of the rasboras schooling! Great job!
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post #32 of 106 (permalink) Old 09-04-2012, 03:10 PM
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very natural looking. Love the dimensions!
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post #33 of 106 (permalink) Old 09-04-2012, 09:57 PM
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I like the size of this tank, not quite a 125 but the same length. The only other tank i ever wanted size wise was an 80 tall, but seeing this I like it better.
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I've been running my $40 diy CFL fixture for about a month now. It has 4-23 watt CFLs hanging 22" above the substrate. I was worried this would be insufficient light, but have had plenty of growth to prove otherwise.
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I've been running my $40 diy CFL fixture for about a month now. It has 4-23 watt CFLs hanging 22" above the substrate. I was worried this would be insufficient light, but have had plenty of growth to prove otherwise.
23watt CFL equal to 100watt regular bulb right? If so then you do have sufficient light.

BTW, very nice tank. I wish I had room for a tank this size. How much substrate did you use?

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... How much substrate did you use?
About 3 50lb bags of pool filter sand.
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23watt CFL equal to 100watt regular bulb right? If so then you do have sufficient light.

BTW, very nice tank. I wish I had room for a tank this size. How much substrate did you use?

Dude you just saved me about 750.00 in lights. I could not find a good lighting choice for my upcoming custom tank (you also inspired the desire for a looooooong tank) but if I use these 8" reflector lights (I used them before on my 20 long and worked great) in a matching plywood DIY fixture it will save me a ton of cash. Thanks man! Good growth as well in your tank, coming along great!
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post #38 of 106 (permalink) Old 09-27-2012, 11:47 AM
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man, i love this tank more and more every time i see it. can't wait to see how the stocking goes
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I like this, you have done some nice work here and your diy light has a style and flare of its own. Inspired to do something like this with a glosso carpet.
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What great tank size to work with for plants. I like how you have demonstrated one does not need to simply toss $$$ at out hobby to have a nice system.

I would dedicate the tank to the 20 rasbora boraptensis and do that by removing every thing else but the Plecos and adding another 20 rasbora boraptensis. I also add in 20-30 Amano shrimp.

Very nice job so far.


HomeDepot has 4' & 8' powerstrips that are used in office cubicles and on walls behind work tables. They are only 2" wide and maybe 3/4" deep. You might be able to mount one in your canopy and cleaning up the wiring. That might work better than wiring the lights in series as you can still remove individual lamps.

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23watt CFL equal to 100watt regular bulb right? If so then you do have sufficient light.

BTW, very nice tank. I wish I had room for a tank this size. How much substrate did you use?
Yes, I checked the lumen output of a 100watt incandescent vs a 23watt CFL and the CFL is about 10-20% higher. So with my 96"x18"x22" tank that I am planning I want to use 15 of these lights, or about 9 watts per gallon but I think that figure is high, given the reflector style and variability of the lights.
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Well, maybe it could be 8ft long, instead of 6 (half kidding---but only half!).

With a tank this long, you could put a second large driftwood in, about 2.5 feet from the first one. One pair of Angels would take over each as their egglaying spot, and the schools of "dither" fish would be flying in between.
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Well, maybe it could be 8ft long, instead of 6 (half kidding---but only half!).

With a tank this long, you could put a second large driftwood in, about 2.5 feet from the first one. One pair of Angels would take over each as their egglaying spot, and the schools of "dither" fish would be flying in between.
Yeah, that would look really nice. I'm planning 250 Ember tetras for my tank, just the drift wood setup is still in the planning-what-do-I-want-stage.
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Beautiful tank! The dimensions of this tank are awesome. Is there going to be more carpeting or plant bunches on the left side or is it going to be left just about the same?

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Beautiful tank! The dimensions of this tank are awesome. Is there going to be more carpeting or plant bunches on the left side or is it going to be left just about the same?
Thank you, and yes I'm planning to let the dwarf sag take over that entire front left area. It had a bad start, but once I sorted my lighting out the new growth started. Stems and swords will fill the back up on the left.
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