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Just a tiny little internal filter: a Fluval Nano filter.

It was like $15 from Amazon. I'd love to get an eheim, but doesn't look like it's in the budget for now!
Oh okay cool. I saw Fluval, but couldn't identify which one.

It looked like you started out with a HOB power filter, which I got on my 20.
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You are not doing anything for my case of MTS (multiple tank syndrome) at least now that we have a house and I can hide tanks in the basement my wife wont know I have relapsed until its too late!

Good job man. Hopefully you have restored the drive to do carpet plants low-tech. I blame it on the dirt.

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Marko! That's the exact light that I have. It says 30" but it has like 22" bulbs? That's the one anyways. I only have one T5 in there, a FloraSun. I like it, but I'm afraid the light is already getting dimmer. Could just be me just being skeptical. Also, I can't find any other manufacturer that makes 22" T5 HO bulbs. So, you're kinda stuck with ZooMed stuff. But I like it for the most part. It's sleek and sexy, and you can dangle it from the ceiling if you so please.
Thanks for the reply. Must acquire some high output! My single 18w fluorescent isn't keepin' pace!

Also, about the 22" bulbs...from what I've been reading, a lot of companies sell ' 24" ' bulbs, but they are actually 22". They are just marketed for their respective 24" hood/fixture. I could be mistaken tho!
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Looks great! Like everyone else, love the look on your face after the tank purchase.

HC is looking really nice! Well done.
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Is the light you're using the ZooMed 30" Dual T5? If so, how do you like it? I've been looking into getting one, but have been researching my options extensively.

Right you are, Ken (I know you're Marko but I like that phrase). That light is indeed a ZooMed 30" Dual T5. T5HO I might add. And I like it quite a bit! The bulbs are 22", so that's a little bit of a drawback. But it's enough light for me and my HC! Also, it comes with kind of a cable kit that lets you dangle it above your tank from the ceiling if you so choose. Which brings me to my next point...

We are moving this weekend. So I'm going to try and move this tank with the water out. If anyone has any tips on moving a tank, let me know. Otherwise, I'm just gonna empty it, put the fish and shrimpsters in some buckets, take it to our new place, and dump it all back together. Wish me luck.
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It's been three months since I planted the tank. Here is another comparison shot to add to the sequence of growth!
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You might notice a clump of HC gone in the December picture between the two rocks. I pulled up a chunk and gave it to a buddy who is starting his first planted tank.

And speaking of the two rocks, that one is totally falling over! I just stuck it there and it's slowly, but surely, leaned off to the side. I might replace those two rocks anyways if the tank survives the move this weekend.
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I can never stay with one but I really like the open look of your scape.

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Moving the tank was a success! One man job - I emptied it out, picked it up very carefully ('twas a little heavy but not bad), drove slowly with it in the hatchback of my car, and set it up in our new pad.

This let me get some more comparison shots as well...
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Moving the tank was a success! One man job - I emptied it out, picked it up very carefully ('twas a little heavy but not bad), drove slowly with it in the hatchback of my car, and set it up in our new pad.

This let me get some more comparison shots as well...
Good job man. Moving tanks is always fun lol. Can't wait to see the tank again.
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How high is your light from your substrate?
12". That's from the bulb to the tips of the HC.
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Emptied out and ready for transport!







Compare that to day one:





How's this for progress?!
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That's impressive. Are you using any fertz or just Idaho soil? I may have to get you to send me some of that haha.

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