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post #106 of 541 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 02:59 AM Thread Starter
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Last night I ran the new LEDs after the Ray 2 turned off. I ran them very warm red, like a sunset. The Panda Corys suddenly got super playful. It was fun to watch. They probably did this for half an hour.

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Last night I ran the new LEDs after the Ray 2 turned off. I ran them very warm red, like a sunset. The Panda Corys suddenly got super playful. It was fun to watch. They probably did this for half an hour.

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I just tried this on my 7.5g with pygmy cories since I have a Fugeray-R and they did the same thing! Definitely good to know since they've been hiding a lot more recently
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Thats awesome!!! This got me to buy a current led+ just so I can play around with the lighting lol Hope it looks as nice as yours.
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The strip light is very dim and pleasing on it's own at night. I really love it! The first pic is what it looks like right now with just the LED strip light on, and the second pic is with the Ray 2 on. Both taken with the exact same exposure. I exposed correctly for the strip light in manual mode, and then turned on the Ray 2.



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Looking killer. The whole setup, room and all, exudes taste.
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Looking killer. The whole setup, room and all, exudes taste.
Yep it looks so cozy and relaxing...I would love to sit on that couch and read a book....
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post #112 of 541 (permalink) Old 08-09-2013, 09:05 PM
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Nice tank and setup! Love the stand.
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Update:

The UG is still filling out in the front middle area where the death took over, but it's doing pretty well considering how much the Cory's love uprooting it and digging around in it.

The hydrocotyle japan filled in marvelously where all the s. repens died, and I think I actually prefer it and the way it flows from the middle of the tank out to the far right side. It really makes a beautiful line for the eye to follow.

I finished up my dosing pump and led controller using the arduino. I absolutely love the additional LED strips. On the weekend, when I'm sipping my coffee next to my tank in the morning, it's bugged me that the lights weren't on and I couldn't see it. These low light RGB strips allow me to run lights from 6am to 1am, because they are way to dim to affect plant growth or algae.

I have a sunrise color that I run from 6am until noon. At noon the Ray 2 comes on, and I switch the LED strips to 100% red only, which adds warmth to the Ray 2's otherwise somewhat flat color. At 10pm the Ray 2 shuts off, and I switch the strip lights into a warm sunset color until 11:30pm. At 11:30pm I drop them to moonlight until 1am.

All of the pictures below were taken this morning using the sunrise lighting. These are unedited pictures, taken straight from camera RAW as taken and converted to jpg. I know they look like I pushed color, but I didn't. I did shoot them so they are a little brighter than they appear in real life though. They are a little dimmer than they appear in these pictures.









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What a gr8 mix of plants! I think I would like it even more if some of the red in the back was broken up a bit. Still looks very good!
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post #116 of 541 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 12:11 AM
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Beautiful job on this tank. Im about to start my first one and am now torn between UG and HC as my primary ground cover
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Beautiful job on this tank. Im about to start my first one and am now torn between UG and HC as my primary ground cover

UG all the way, so much easier to plant as it doenst just float up like HC does, and in my opinion it looks much better!
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The reds are beautiful in this tank - it's like an insane kind of red, like if Tarrantino were to put his crazy bloody twist on cherry blossoms or something crazy like that.
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You are such a creative person as evinced by your beautiful tank, stand, and lighting. I'm about to set up a 29g, and I will look to your tank for inspiration. Are you worried that your assassin snail will kill your nerite? Thank you again for sharing your talents. Cheers!

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UG all the way, so much easier to plant as it doenst just float up like HC does, and in my opinion it looks much better!
I agree with this.

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The reds are beautiful in this tank - it's like an insane kind of red, like if Tarrantino were to put his crazy bloody twist on cherry blossoms or something crazy like that.
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You are such a creative person as evinced by your beautiful tank, stand, and lighting. I'm about to set up a 29g, and I will look to your tank for inspiration. Are you worried that your assassin snail will kill your nerite? Thank you again for sharing your talents. Cheers!
Thank you! I've kept assassins with nerites for about a year and a half, and I've never had an incident. I think the nerites are too big.
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