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post #61 of 152 (permalink) Old 01-30-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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The lighting is two 36" four lamp fixtures, T5 HO, and uses the lamps that came in the package. It was marketed for freshwater plant growing and to be honest, I am not sure the lamp combination is perfect.

Each fixture came with:
(2) 39W 420/460 lamps
(1) 39W 10,000k lamp
(1) 39W purple lamp

This turned out to be too much light (PAR @ 70-80) for a non-CO2 tank, so I have cut it ~40% using black screening on two or the three glass tops. I have the main lights on ~ 7 hours per day and the blue ones for ~10 hours. Plant growth has been slow, but I am spoiled by the CO2 injected 75g tank. Algae has been controllable, partially by the water sprite in the upper half of the tank.

I do like the programmable aspects of these lights and the night light LEDs are cool. The fans make some noise though.

This is a long winded way of saying that these are the nicest lights I have owned but they may not be the best I can possibly have. Perfection is difficult.

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post #62 of 152 (permalink) Old 02-06-2013, 08:00 PM
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man your 220 is beautiful, the wood is and hard scape are perfect. how are the altums holding up?
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Thank you for asking jamntoast. The 3 musketeers (D'Artagnan is looking right at you):



While I am at it:





Here is a fresh look at the center of the tank. A trend is emerging of using the 75 CO2 enhanced tank to grow plants that get moved into the big boy. Hygrophila difformis has been added. Blyxa japonica is now the foreground (after the failure of several other species).



The right side has also been shuffled. The vesuvius has been doing well in this tank and I pulled some more form the 75 and made a more concentrated area of it on this side. The Taiwan lily is also being asked to become the background plant that my swords so far are refusing to become.



Here is what my swords are doing:


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Forgot the latest FTS for the 75:


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post #65 of 152 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 07:26 PM
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Beautiful tanks, I've really enjoyed the pics. From your office view I'm guessing you're on the North end of Clayton. I'm on the South end, closer to the Ritz. Just saying HI and thanks for the views!
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I brought in 7 altums that came in larger than the other four, so the tank suddenly lurched much closer to the dream. Turns out one thing missing was the presence of the lead actors. I have continued to bring in plants from the 75g tank too.

FTS 220g:



The new kids. The original four (from Rio Inirida) are smaller than the new 7 (Rio Atabapo):




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Continues to look great
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post #68 of 152 (permalink) Old 03-02-2013, 10:02 PM
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Crazy good progress on the 220 keep it up!! Lovin the angels
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enjoying this tank very much!

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How are the angels doing?
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This collection is splendid! How are those new altums doing these days?
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Any updates? Really like the rock and driftwood aquascape and interested in the angels

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New photos coming soon.

The angels are doing splendidly. They now come to meet me at the glass instead of skittering away. Still, no sudden movements please.

The "Taiwan" lily has really filled in the upper half of the tank, almost too much. I'll let you decide if it is too much, but the light green of that plant is pretty striking. Frankly, I think the tank looks good, but it it looks almost nothing like my original design.

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Re: one office, three tanks

Love the look of your 220 and of the angels. Subscribed.

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Photo barage, starting with the 6 gallon jungle with one betta, two white clouds and numerous cherry shrimp and snails.





The 75g is not looking its best right now:





Hard to see, but two female endlers were wrestling each other (center of photo) and picking at the other's back like I had not seen before:



Last but not least, the 220:







Closeup, right side:



Left side:



More altum shots:










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