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post #61 of 172 (permalink) Old 02-25-2013, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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New eBay fixture arrived and here's what it looks like:




It's not that bright, so I need to carefully consider whether or not it will suffice for mosses, Crypts and such.

So many decisions.
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Ooh.... Yikes it looks really nice, but I don't think it would be good for mosses if you keep floaters in the tank :/

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There likely won't be floating plants.
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That new light looks much brighter than the finnex, nice!

That gnarled stump type piece of driftwood is PERFECT. Cut the tips off so it fits snuggly in the tank and position it so the branches appear to be roots running along the ground.

Can't wait to see some updates.
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It's not brighter than the Finnex. This is a 4-watt fixture, the Finnex is 6 (I realize there's more to it than that - but for all practical purposes). It may have a better spread, though.

Still have to cut the stump in half (which will result in two useful pieces). Decided to use Christmas Moss, Java Moss, a bit of Fissidens, C. parva, a spare Anubias nana 'petite' from another tank, a small amount of Hydrocotyle tripartita and maybe some other variety of red/brown/cool Crypt.
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Ordered another clamp lamp like the one in the photos above.

Since I have doubts about a single fixture, two ought to do the trick. Can't beat $15.
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Okay. I strongly dislike the aesthetics of the fixture. Brushed aluminum would be so much more sleek. Guess anything is better than spending a billion dollars trying to suspend something above the tank, though.

Finally finished cutting the wood down to size. Here's what I've settled on:





The stump itself will be moved forward about an inch so there's a bit of planting room behind it.

One of the leftover pieces:



May end up cutting the base on the one above down a bit so it can be used in another 3gal long.

Even have this option if it's ever needed:

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I really like that second to last option!

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Looking good, I like that last option the best!
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Appreciate all the kind words but will be using the first option:



That way I can cover a bunch of the stump in Christmas Moss.
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Sweet driftwood my man. Well cut for this sized tank.

I think that upside-down piece (Number 2 maybe?) would work well in a tank at some point. Some weeping moss would be great on it. (Wait weeping or willow... One of the two)

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Looks like I've got a lot of DIYing ahead of me in trying to figure out how to place the Zoomed 501 behind the tank - where there's really no room to place anything. Since I don't want to spend the cash on another Eheim 2211, that is. Because that's $100 that could be spent on livestock and plants.

The retailer I bought the filter hanger from finally (a week later) told me they're no longer carrying it and are refunding me. I could order another one directly from Zoomed but now I'm not sure I like the idea of something weighing 2-3 pounds hanging from the side of an expensive, rimless ADA tank.

Gonna have to fashion some sort of "table" behind the rack in the four inches between it and the wall. Have a bunch of 1x1s I could use as "legs" for the "table. Could zip tie them to the rack in a couple places for stability.
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Two fixtures certainly does the trick:



They don't look gorgeous by any stretch of the imagination but at least I don't have to hang something.

Now, to fight the urge to sell this new ZooMed 501 and buy an Eheim 2211… not sure I can fight it much longer.
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Don't fight it. the 501 is a terrible filter imo, unless you're trying to filter about a 1 gallon tank.
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