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post #61 of 74 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 12:53 AM
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Wow, thanks for the updated pictures they're beautiful. What are you keeping in your tank?
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post #62 of 74 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 01:16 AM
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Do you have a link to the Dr. F and S lighting you got ?

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Awesome tank and stand! I am getting ideas for my first planted tank and I plan on building my own stand. That stand really is nice. I did notice that there is only a small support on the front of the side of the stand. Do you think that it safely holds the 500 or so pounds that is on top of it? I know it is 1" thick wood, but 500 pounds is a lot. I have a 55 gallon tank that was given to me but no stand. I was planning on making a metal frame and building a wooden cabinet around it, but If I can get away with a solid enough wooden structure I would much rather do that. Well anyway, nice pics!
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Haha, I didn't use a sprayer (wish I had one) - primed it with Kilz2 and finished it with a lot of automotive spraypaint and a clearcoat. just like car repair!

Here's the link to the light I'm using, I think it's a screaing deal:
Reef Aquarium Lighting: Ocean Light HQI Metal Halide Pendant Lights

Fauna in the tank is a small school of Pristella tetras, some amano shrimp, a bristlenose and that's about it. The stand holds plenty of weight without any worry - I took measurements and copied the idea from directly from the ADA stands.
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SPL. I am considering this light as well. Everywhere I see lists the ballast as magnetic but you received an electronic ballast. The price is great but the tank is in my living room and I don't want to be stuck with a noisy ballast. I will probably have to call DR. F&S and see what they have to say about the ballast.

Excellent journal BTW.
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post #66 of 74 (permalink) Old 08-24-2007, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, first update since the end of May. How time flies.

I've removed all the stem plants because they were becoming too leggy and growing way to fast for my taste - I was having to trim every other week. So the Blyxa and hairgrass have been spread over the entire tank, and I really like the way it turned out. Really simple and natural. I'm not even dosing anymore, and the tank is so well balanced I get rapid growth with no algae at all. Grand.

I think I may update my fish situation soon. Perhaps replace the Pristellas with a school of Ember Tetras and a pair of apistogramas. What do you all think?





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indeed very natural looking. im always a fan of blyxa and hairgrass

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post #68 of 74 (permalink) Old 08-24-2007, 06:22 PM
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If youre still looking for those bottles, try usplastics.

I like your stand work - speaking about people being curious of the syringes, and all the weird stuff we use in our hobby, I actually had an officer at my apartment last year due to the constant "bright" light from my windows. He felt like an idiot.
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Very nice. I'm a big fan of thick, clean hairgrass. I think you could really benefit from a UV sterilizer; it would make the tank really pop.
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Embers, just by the way the way they stay together, will look very good in this tank. You could probably find some healthy ones at Albany aquarium.
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speaking about people being curious of the syringes, and all the weird stuff we use in our hobby, I actually had an officer at my apartment last year due to the constant "bright" light from my windows. He felt like an idiot.
lol sounds like a bad cop tv series. seriously i have the same problems with my house guests. looking at the syringe, DIY CO2 bottles, and other stuffs, they think i'm a freak.

one question, hairgrass looks taller at the back... is the substrate forms a slope or you just use different kind of hairgrass?
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The hairgrass is just beautiful... makes me want to cry!
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post #73 of 74 (permalink) Old 08-29-2007, 06:40 PM
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Boy, that hairgrass seems to love the AS. I'm moving towards putting a pair of cichlids in my tank, too. Need something to remind the tetras to school .

Nice update .

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one question, hairgrass looks taller at the back... is the substrate forms a slope or you just use different kind of hairgrass?
There is a slope to the substrate, but most of the form to the hairgrass is from trimming. It will actually grow taller than my blyxa if I let it go so I need to give it a haircut every once in a while.

Somehow a strand of riccia came in with one of my plants and I've got a nice ball growing on the top of a stump. I really like the fluffy green look - maybe I'll try a layout with that next...
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