Spent the afternoon working on the tank. Here was just the hardscape:
Several hours later:
I had to use a clamp and some fishing line tied to suction cups to hold the wood down. Worked good though. The three little rocks have fissidens tied to them. Hopefully when it grows they'll be some cute little bushes.
So bad news on this tank guys. The light is already giving me trouble. The leds themselves seem okay so far, but the wiring is junk. The switch barely works anymore and you have to toggle the switch on and off to get the light to flicker and finally come on. I called the lfs that I bought it at and asked if it was returnable since I think tanks normally are not. He told me to me to bring it down and they'd "work something out." I'm hoping at least store credit.
It sucks because I like this tank and I know I could just get a different light for it, but the price was ridiculous for just a tank. I could get a 45-f or a couple little cubes instead and use my own equipment for less.
So I was afraid that I would tear the tank down, take it back, and the they'd try the light only to have it work just fine. Like when you take your car to a mechanic. So I played with the switch a few (read: a lot) times and it seems that the more times I switch it on and off the better the switch was responding. Question is did the switch just need broken in? Is the issue only when it's cold? Should I still try to take it back? Hmmm...
Why tank the entire kit back? Can't they just resolve the light problem?
They should be able to work with their distributor.
The tank is cool enough that I think you should keep it if they won't replace just the light fixture for you. It's something that someone here on the forum could easily repair for you if necessary. Would be worth the hassle in my opinion.
Since they don't carry these lights separately I didn't think they would exchange only the light. I wouldn't have made it down to the store until the weekend anyway, so I guess I'll wait and see how it does between now and then. It has been working better since I was flipping the switch back and forth earlier.
If the store you purchased it from still has the same kits in stock or a kit in stock with that light they should be able to swap the light out for you. They could than return the defective kit back to their supplier and the supplier should replace it with one that works. Problem solved for you and they keep a customer.
Well the switch has been fine since I messed with it that day, so I decided to just not worry about it. I'm thinking it really was the plastic casing and not the actual wiring that was the issue. Sorry I kind of jumped the gun on that one.
Another good thing, the light is not only growing plants, but growing them well. The hydrocotyle is growing fast and staying nice and low. No reaching up towards the light.
I switched the plants up a little today. I wanted some height so I switched the m. minuta out for some needle leaf java fern. I also took out the fissidens rocks. They were too small and going to be swallowed up by the hydrocotyle. The second hob is now on as well. I'll get a picture soon, probably tomorrow.
Inside the AC20 your using bamboo and what other plant for filtration???? Is this just for aesthetics or does this work well for filtering? I want to do this if it filters
Sorry I'm not great with plant names, but I think they're pothos. Pothos and philodendron are similar, but I'm pretty sure those are pothos. And yes, they do help with filtration, no different than any other plant. Here's a whole thread of planted hobs: Planted HOB thread.