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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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12 gallon long, dirt planted, LED (Updated 11/5)

I'm just getting this started. So far I've got the light, tank and power head. I'm waiting for some dolomite to come in the mail before I drop in the substrate. The plan is to do an NPT, unfiltered and stock with Rams or Apistos.

Substrate:
  • Dolomite sprinkle
  • Red clay
  • 1" of MGOPS
  • 1" Black Tahitian Moon sand

Hardware:
  • 12 gallon long Mr. Aqua
  • Hydor Koralia Nano Powerhead
  • Current Satellite 36" freshwater LED+
  • TBD heater

Flora:
  • TBD Dutch

Fauna:
  • TBD




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That's a great place for a tank. Not that I have a fireplace but so many of my friends just end up with some cheesy stuff there.

That light fixture looks really slick as well. How do you like it in terms of quality so far?
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Man, this makes me wish my fireplace weren't in the bedroom. I'd totally put my 12L there. It looks beautiful.

Can't wait to see how yours pans out!

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I'm gonna love it. Dutch style is by far my favourite!

Can't wait to see it!
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post #5 of 60 (permalink) Old 06-14-2013, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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That's a great place for a tank. Not that I have a fireplace but so many of my friends just end up with some cheesy stuff there.

That light fixture looks really slick as well. How do you like it in terms of quality so far?
Quality wise it's really nice. its so slim you can barely see it on top of the tank. It has a remote with a ton of different options, it does a really neat lightning and cloud simulation. Hopefully the plants like it.

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I will be following this thread, really like 12g longs
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Looking good so far. That tank is a perfect fit on that fireplace.
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Might want to check and make sure that the fireplace won't heat up the tank too much if you have a good fire burning.

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Might want to check and make sure that the fireplace won't heat up the tank to much if you have a good fire burning.
I don't actually use it but that's a good point.

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I don't actually use it but that's a good pint.
Nah, you don't need to use it, keep the tank instead. LOL.

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I didn't like having the cord for the led running down the mantle so I picked up a neat double gang box for hiding the cords and ac adapter. Just need to cut a hole beside the existing outlet and use that box as junction to wire the double gang.



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Very Interesting...Just waiting for mine to arrive from PetStore.com...I am having hard time deciding on the light for this tank, so it is great to hear about yours, I am also looking at that light, plus Finnex Fugeray, but I am worried about the light being too strong for such a shallow tank?

Mine will be Walstad tank like yours so please just keep posting...I am using mine to light up a kitchen counter...

Looks awesome on the fireplace mantel...
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Very Interesting...Just waiting for mine to arrive from PetStore.com...I am having hard time deciding on the light for this tank, so it is great to hear about yours, I am also looking at that light, plus Finnex Fugeray, but I am worried about the light being too strong for such a shallow tank?

Mine will be Walstad tank like yours so please just keep posting...I am using mine to light up a kitchen counter...

Looks awesome on the fireplace mantel...
I have the 36" Finnex Fugeray on my 12g long. The light definitely *needs* to be raised, unless, of course, you like algae.
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Thanks Bercey...I have ordered the Finnex FugeRay and I hope to have some space left to raise it...will post some pictures once my fight with this set up is over...everything has to fit under the upper kitchen cabinet...stand that hides the power bar and cords, tank, and the light...I love the challenge...
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