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20 Long

Should fill out nice. My HC started some runners so it should really take off now. My next tank plans will be a 20 long too. Keep it updated!
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Should fill out nice. My HC started some runners so it should really take off now. My next tank plans will be a 20 long too. Keep it updated!
Yupp. It's really taking off now. It's pearling more and more every day
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Quick update. Decided to replace my coralife fixture just because I dislike the color it gives off and replacement bulbs are expensive. So I ordered a 30" Finnex planted+. Heard good things so I'm excited to see how it looks. I saw the PAR data Finnex released on it. They used a 24" fixture for the test. At 12" it was showing 61 PAR. With the 30" I ordered, I'm gonna take a stab and say I'm going to be in the low 70's range. The light will sit lower than the coralife fixture and put it at around 11" off of the substrate. I'll post before and after pics for those interested in the Finnex fixtures.

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What water did you use Ro or tap water??

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? Haha.. I use tap water cut with RO. My tap water is liquid rock.
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It's been a little over 2 weeks now. The HC is filling in nicely and the rest of the plants are showing significant new growth. My Finnex Planted+ will be here tomorrow and will replace the coralife fixture. I also am going to be replacing the lava stone with some seriyu stone I ordered.
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The HC and parvula have begun to spread and send out new runners
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The downoi and hydrocotyle are also showing lots of new growth
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Tank is looking good! Do you find that the lighting with 1 Aquaflora and 1 Midday is too dim? Or does it look pretty good? It's hard to tell in pictures obviously, so just wondering how you felt about it.
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Tank is looking good! Do you find that the lighting with 1 Aquaflora and 1 Midday is too dim? Or does it look pretty good? It's hard to tell in pictures obviously, so just wondering how you felt about it.
No I've actually found the Coralife fixture to be the dimmer of the two. The midday aquaflora combo is actually quite bright. They give off a bright white hue even though the aquaflora is a pink bulb. The new Finnex fixture coming tomorrow should put the Coralife fixture to shame. Hopefully it will give me the color I'm looking for
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Wow Trigger can't wait to see that carpet filled in!
Thanks Zoidberg. Me neither! I won't trim it until it's a solid mat
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Well my 30" Finnex Planted+ fixture finally arrived!







This fixture is VERY light and extremely thin. The brushed aluminum housing is pretty cool looking. Very sleek and low profile. First impressions are it is quite bright, much brighter than my 65w coralife fixture and the LEDs span the entire length of the tank as compared to the two thirds(21") coverage I was getting with my PC bulb. The reflection off the surface of the water also looks very cool


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Before: Coralife 65w PC





After: Finnex Planted+





The pics don't do it justice, but in person it is a dramatic difference. Hoping to see faster and healthier growth from this fixture
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