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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Christof's OEBT 12g long build

Here's my contribution to the 12g long group. I'd consider myself a novice at this but thankfully the TPT forum has taught me a lot about setting up one of these neat little tanks. Many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to post your tank journals here!

TANK: Mr. Aqua 12g long
SUBSTRATE: Aqua Soil New Amazonia with base of Power Sand - Special S
FILTRATION: Fluval 204
LIGHTS: Build My LED 36" *
CO2: ADA SYS74
CONTROLLER: Neptune Apex Jr.

HARDSCAPE: Sado-Akadama stone from ADA

*Notes
1.Build My LED light has an adjusted spectrum which falls about halfway between their "Show Tank" spectrum and "Planted Tank" spectrum.

2. Tank will eventually sit on the Black Walnut slab shelf with mechanicals hidden behind the wall.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 07:33 PM
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Fascinating 'stand' option for the tank. If you do a good job hiding most of the equipment this could look pretty epic.

Do you have experience already with keeping OEBT?
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Fascinating 'stand' option for the tank. If you do a good job hiding most of the equipment this could look pretty epic.

Do you have experience already with keeping OEBT?
I've just had experience with CRS and RCS to date. After discovering how useful a RO filter is I was able to dial in my water parameters, keep them consistent and make these shrimp happy.
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I've just had experience with CRS and RCS to date. After discovering how useful a RO filter is I was able to dial in my water parameters, keep them consistent and make these shrimp happy.
With RO properly remineralized and experience with CRS then you should be able to handle OEBT then.

Good luck.
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where the heck on earth did u get that stand... i want one sooo baddddddd
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where the heck on earth did u get that stand... i want one sooo baddddddd
I'm a furniture maker
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Looks like a great build in the making.

Care to share more details about how the shelf is supported/will support the tank weight?
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Very nice shelf! The pattern reminds me of Curly Koa wood in Hawaii.

I have a couple questions about your light. How are you planning to mount it and which Beam Angle did you go with?

Can't wait to see more progress.
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Buildmyled.com led is super strong! Even when I was running co2 I was still getting algae 16" above the rim and only 25%. I have oebt in my 12 long too haha. So any questions ask. I am currently running the led at 5% lol.
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Lol that is 5%. I was running this tank high tec before the oebt with co2 into a danner mag 350 with fractioning impeller with a loc line output in both corners. Running a Eheim 2213 with custom 30" spray bar. I would seriously think about keeping light and co2 low if putting in oebt.
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Buildmyled.com led is super strong! Even when I was running co2 I was still getting algae 16" above the rim and only 25%. I have oebt in my 12 long too haha. So any questions ask. I am currently running the led at 5% lol.
Thanks for your input. Looks like I better pick up a dimmer. Do you dim with the Build MY LED optional dimmer or something else?

I opted for 45degree LED's

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No I use a reefkeeper lite with the alc(advanced light control) option. It will let you set you peak brigtness and do sunrise/set from 0-90 minutes. Pretty awesome stuff. I think your Neptune may be able to control, look into it. It just needs to do 0-10v dimming to match the driver. I tried the high light co2 thing with supreme reds. I had awesome co2 with the danner and still could only run the light at 25% to not get algae. I ended up losing half my supreme reds so when I decided to get oebt's I knew I had to lower tge light and co2. I am having great luck with the oebt's so far. I had 5 out of 5 females berry as soon as they hit sexual maturity. 2 of the mommas are less than a week away from dropping. So excited! I could see eyes for the first time last night.

The beautiful thing with the dimming is now I just run at 5% with next to no co2 but if I get up to like a new 75 gallon that light will still be enough. I think I went with like 90 degree lenses myself. I really really love the light, I just went with the planted tank one. But I love the spectrum and the light is just so versatile. Just overall a great setup you got going there lol.
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