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post #31 of 151 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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An old cell phone pic from day 1:

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post #32 of 151 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 05:20 PM
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The warm background light is brilliant!
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post #33 of 151 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Here is an updated pic with the backlight turned on:

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post #34 of 151 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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While I had the camera out, I also snapped a picture of my 33g planted community tank:

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Both tanks look sweet man! I love your co2 setup on your 33 gallon, its the best yeast setup I've ever seen!
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post #36 of 151 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Both tanks look sweet man! I love your co2 setup on your 33 gallon, its the best yeast setup I've ever seen!
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Thanks! It took some time to work out the kinks, but I believe I've come up a pretty good setup in both the 33 and the 10 gallon. Sure, I'd love to have a pressurized setup, but I get good results with minimal effort using DIY. An over-built system like mine really makes DIY CO2 a viable option in my opinion. No leaks, moderate control of flow, layered production with staggered refills and enough pressure to get 2+ BPS through a ceramic diffuser. Plus it looks kinda neat! lol
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LOVE your tanks! The 55g is PERFECT
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post #38 of 151 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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LOVE your tanks! The 55g is PERFECT
Wow, thank you so much!

I love my cichlid tank, too. It looks way better in person, I think, and I'm not totally sold on the driftwood (a recent addition back into the tank to add some more territories and cut down on the light intensity a bit), but here's a picture of the 55g from today as well:

(sorry for the reflection... it's a hard tank to get a good picture of)

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post #39 of 151 (permalink) Old 12-22-2013, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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I wasn't happy with how that last picture represented my 55g tank, so I adjusted a few things and took another with the room light off to give you a better idea what the scape really looks like. Due to the size of the room and placement of the tank, it's a very hard aquarium to get a good picture of. This was just taken hand held with an old Kodak camera, but it's a much nicer picture of my setup. The entire rockscape is made from rocks I scavenged from the ditch in front of my house lol

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post #40 of 151 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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This thread is basically becoming a journal for all 3 of my tanks. I don't have any new pics of the 10g, but all is going well. I'm fighting a bit of BGA, which is keeping me busy, but I feel like I'm getting it under control. Plants are slowly growing in, but still a ways to go...

I have my tank maintenance to do tomorrow and plan on taking some progress pictures but, for tonight, I thought Id post a new picture of my 33g planted community tank:



It's growing in nicely! All still under chinese 10w LED flood lights and DIY CO2
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post #42 of 151 (permalink) Old 02-12-2014, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Update time:

I finally won my battle with BGA, installed a ramp timer on the Satellite+, did a major trim, minor re-scape, moved some plants around, replaced my broken lily pipe intake, finalized my design on the DIY external drop checker, swapped my background lights for LEDs, tweaked my DIY CO2 setup a bit and finally dialed in all my lighting periods/timers.

All in all, I'd say it is all done to the point I should be able to stop disturbing it (aside from feeding, ferts and water changes) and let it (hopefully) continue to mature and fill in.





Any thoughts? Questions? Suggestions?
I'm all ears...
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dude. i love this...

how are you liking the ramp on/off timer with the sat +? i was thinking about getting one myself.

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Awesome looking tanks!

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post #45 of 151 (permalink) Old 02-12-2014, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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dude. i love this...

how are you liking the ramp on/off timer with the sat +? i was thinking about getting one myself.
Thanks very much!

I like the ramp timer. Definitely worth the $25-30 I paid for it and really completes the Sat+. That being said, I always run mine at full intesity (full spectrum mode, usually) so I'm unaffected by any of the strobing issues many others have reported. My only gripe is that I would prefer a longer, more gradual "ramp" time. 15 minutes is nice, but I'd personally prefer it to slowly increase/decrease over 60 minutes instead.

It would also be nice if it could include moonlighting somehow, but I have independant moonlighting on a separate timer that comes on 10 mins before the ramp down begins (9pm), stays on until midnight and then back on at 8am until 10 mins after full intesity is reached (1pm). That works alright, but having one light on a ramp timer and everything else just clicking on/off messes with my OCD. Down the road I'd like to aquire a couple more ramp timers and modify them to work with my moon and accent lighting but it's not my top priority yet.

Either way, for the cost, I think it's a "must have" for Sat+ users at least until Current USA comes out with a product that allows you to increase the dimmer period and/or add random weather effects or a 24/7 cycle, etc. for these lights (or until someone else starts pre-packaging an Arduino-type IR controller for them or something similar).
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