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post #76 of 123 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a quick update on the cube. Some issues that I'm dealing with. 1. Various stems that I have behind the crypts have been growing really really slow. Rotala, hygro Vietnam 'mini', ludwigia red, and r nanjenshan. Some say it could be not enough flow from my hob. Maybe a possibility. But I have the flow pretty high. It does get clogged with algae from time to time so it's not consistent. 2. I'm dealing with some green hair algae that builds up on the glass and some plants. I've been cleaning it off the glass and doing water. changes every week. I'm considering doing a paintball set up on this tank because I believe my lighting my be slightly to high. Even though I got about 25 PAR at the substrate. Other than that things are ok, the M. Umbrosum is growing really well and I love the bushy look even with no co2. My moss idea on the lava rocks isn't quite working out. As the moss hasn't really stuck. Just kind of floated off. Only a couple of the stones look good, for example the rock with the fissidens looks great. The java moss is just ugly. Let me know what you guys think.
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So much greeeeeeeeen. Looks wonderful. Almost 2 weeks later, I bet it's even more green and full.
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So much greeeeeeeeen. Looks wonderful. Almost 2 weeks later, I bet it's even more green and full.
Hey! Thank you very much. Makes me feel happy when someone appreciates my work/tank. We had a house warming party(post-sandy) finally after a year in our place and there was a ton of kids. And it amazes me how much the kids loved the tank. The adults mehh. Not so much lol.

Anyway, this tank needs a desparate trim! I'm also letting the GDA on the glass run its course. Haven't cleaned it in a week and a half. The stems still don't look that great. I think I'll hold off on the Co2 for now and just buy a bunch of submerged grown stems see what happens. Maybe I didn't plant enough from the beginning. It the light just isn't enough in that back corner. Or add more crypts...Who knows. Here is the latest. Thanks again
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How much did this setup cost overall? Cuz I'm thinking of setting up a similar tank (for shrimp) in my parents' office and my budget is like $150.
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25cm AquaTop high-clarity cube: $40 shipped. LED fixture: $30 shipped. Substrate + plants of your choice, based upon your budget. AquaClear 20: $25 shipped.

You can definitely do something nice and top of the line for $150.

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How much did this setup cost overall? Cuz I'm thinking of setting up a similar tank (for shrimp) in my parents' office and my budget is like $150.
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This tank is beautiful. I hope I can get my new 20 gallon to look this good.
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This tank is beautiful. I hope I can get my new 20 gallon to look this good.
Hey thanks. Been meaning to post a pic.. Not much has changed. Plants are
doing ok I guess but growth is super slow. The stems don't do well in the PAR that this light puts out I realized. So I ordered a different light. I will post a pic with the new light set up soon.
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Your plants should do fine with that lighting. You could consider adding a third strip, however, as that would greatly increase your light level.

If you go with anything stronger, you're probably going to need pressurized CO2 and ferts.

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The stems don't do well in the PAR that this light puts out I realized. So I ordered a different light. I will post a pic with the new light set up soon.
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Your plants should do fine with that lighting. You could consider adding a third strip, however, as that would greatly increase your light level.

If you go with anything stronger, you're probably going to need pressurized CO2 and ferts.
Yea trying to avoid co2 on this tank for now.The light grows plants fine. I've had success in the past with low light and stems(but with a pc light). So I'm just experimenting with different LEDs to see what works better.
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25cm AquaTop high-clarity cube: $40 shipped. LED fixture: $30 shipped. Substrate + plants of your choice, based upon your budget. AquaClear 20: $25 shipped.

You can definitely do something nice and top of the line for $150.
Thanks, but do you know of any heaters of that size for cheap? Also, do you think that a finnex fugeray would output the amount of light in a similar sized cube without CO2 and not have algae problems?
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You should check out some other cube journals for lighting options. I use a Fugeray on one of my 25cm cubes.

Heaters are something you shouldn't go cheap on. $50 will buy a top of the line heater that is less likely to fail than a cheap, rebranded import.

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Well. I ordered the fugeray -R clip on light for this tank. I'll report back on growth and let you know. I'm hoping the addition of reds will help with growth.
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Here it is with the new light. I think it looks brighter already. The greens look way more vibrant as well.

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Much nicer color! It appears to be a warmer light, the other was closer to 10,000k?
Either way, looking good frrok!


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