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Its always hard to know if the market is big enough. When I bought mine I compared it to the ada prices and found it much cheaper.
Payed approx 750usd for the elite stand, shipping not included. An ada stand would have been alteast 1700usd. I have never seen an ada stand live though so I dont know what is so special about them.
They are precision crafted made to order, see this thread for more details.

It is probably impossible to replicate the exact color and finish as the stands.

Expensive, maybe, a custom cabinet shop costs just as much if not more.
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post #47 of 147 (permalink) Old 09-16-2013, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Light cannon project (I will copypaste this in the lighting section).

150w xp-g 6500-7000k with a dimmable driver


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Had this cpu cooler lying around so thought it would do the trick.
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Found some inspiration on a reef forum

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Stuck inside for 2 days now with a massive cold, so perfect time to start fiddling with some boring details. Spent an hour attaching frosted film and to my surprise it turned out ok! Usually Im a hack with cutting straight lines, but apparently feverish delerium helps.



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Would really appreciate some help with the hardscape, Im struggling...

The foreground and sides will have a beach of fine la plata style sand, and then soil behind and between the rocks were the plants will go. Then mosses to hide most of the rock surface and joints. The goal in my mind are two green lumps with a nice greenery of bigger plants coming up in the middle.

To pointy and unnatural i think :/


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Maybe if you blended moss in a blender, with a sort of mix and pasted it onto the rocks you would get the desired effect? Honestly I don't feel those rocks have enough character on their own to accomplish your vision.
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Maybe if you blended moss in a blender, with a sort of mix and pasted it onto the rocks you would get the desired effect? Honestly I don't feel those rocks have enough character on their own to accomplish your vision.
+1 I agree.
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Honestly I don't feel those rocks have enough character on their own to accomplish your vision.
I agree with you regarding these uncarismatic rocks. Second ever scape tank I attempt to set up so these things dont really come apparent to me when shopping for rocks.

This whole moss@blender thing, Ive seen someone do it in another thread but it looked kinda wierd and I think required an emersed start up.
That guy also wound up growing mold if memory serves, maybe it turned out great in the end though.

Playing around with height and removing some rocks. Better?

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It's just like mine!

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I saw your LED build in the lighting forum. I am super impressed by your work. I know you were trying to use RCA cables. As an audio engineer, I wonder if XLR cables would work. They are made to carry 48 volts or more but I don't know if they would work. You would only need one for this application and with a good quality cable, it could look very clean while still maintaining that look.

What tank did you go with? I am guessing NA. I don't see the ADA logo. Glad you are finally able to get started.
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I know you were trying to use RCA cables. As an audio engineer, I wonder if XLR cables would work.
Possibly, Im sure there are specs to be found on how many amps they can
handle. For now Im using cheap quick connectors. Thx for the tip though.

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What tank did you go with? I am guessing NA. I don't see the ADA logo. Glad you are finally able to get started.
The tank is the same ADA tank. I turned it 180 to get the nicer silicon seams at the front.
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Possibly, Im sure there are specs to be found on how many amps they can
handle. For now Im using cheap quick connectors. Thx for the tip though.
If you want to look into it further, this is a company that makes great cables that are fairly cheap for the quality. That doesn't mean they are cheap, they are far from the cheapest but the cheapest ones I use. Finishes are black plastic, aluminum, nickle, and gold.

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The tank is the same ADA tank. I turned it 180 to get the nicer silicon seams at the front.
Makes sense. Glad you were able to use the tank.
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If you want to look into it further....great cables...
I nead at least 4 leads in the cable. 2 for led and 2 for the fan. So the connectors wont really help.

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Makes sense. Glad you were able to use the tank.
Me too, lets hope that it holds water
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I nead at least 4 leads in the cable. 2 for led and 2 for the fan. So the connectors wont really help.
I forgot the link but they make them in 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 pin. http://www.neutrik.com/en/xlr/
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Looks like they can cope with 4.5A. Ill look into them when and if I want the light to be a bit more pro looking. Thx!

Right now Im drawing a blank with my scaping, and also looking at what Co2 system to get. When looking at my cheap kitchen tank Im considering a low-tech moss scape, its so nice and stress free without algea battles.


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