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post #16 of 163 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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nice start, cant beleive you pakced 100lbs of eco in there!! haha.

cant wait for plants!
Haha yea it was a bit excessive, but the substrate calcuator said that would give me roughly a 2.6" depth... turns out its closer to 3-3.5" now

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In! I'm thinking about getting that light in the 48" variety for a 55 gallon i'm moving over to.
Yea its an awesome light, I think it was the same price for the 55g one as well
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Haha yea it was a bit excessive, but the substrate calcuator said that would give me roughly a 2.6" depth... turns out its closer to 3-3.5" now
Those things always lie

Great start! I can't wait to see how it'll turn out.

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<--jealous i dont have a cool spot for a tank like that. At first i was nervous for you to put 400-500lbs of tank/water/equipment on that shelf, but obviously it was built sturdy enough.

gonna be a good one

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Great job so far! I can't wait to see this progress.

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post #20 of 163 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 11:08 PM
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I don't see the 3x39W fixture anywhere on the Catalina website.
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post #21 of 163 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 11:11 PM
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Here it is. You have to ask for 36" in the comments section
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Wow that light looks pretty awesome. I just wish that the legs looked a little better. I can't wait to see how your tank turns out.
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post #23 of 163 (permalink) Old 10-16-2009, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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You know its an addicting hobby when you are up past midnight updating your planted tank journal when you have work in a few hours.

Anyways, thanks for all the comments and everything... especially for a bunch of pictures of lights, bags of gravel, and empty tanks.

Well do I have an update for you... I'll let the pictures tell the story as it's more exciting that way.

Woke up this morning to the moonlights... still on from the night before



Then I flipped on one light...



Then I flipped one more light...



Then I flipped all three on...



While I don't plan on doing this everyday, I figured it would help all of you compare the amount of light output and pattern from one, to two, to three T5 bulbs on. And yes all elements of photographic exposure were held constant for these three photos.

Anyways... on to the new stuff

Got back from work today to a package from Mr. Barr. Opened it up and found a ball of green mess inside (you know its sad when you get excited over getting a package that looks like this in the mail).

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Low and behold though, when I straightened all the weeds out. They became beautiful aquarium plants.

Then I flipped on one light...



So I decided it would be a good time to plant them



Then i fired up the good ol' Co2... complete with bubble ladder madness



After meeting with Jimmy (prjct92eh2 who also happens to have some beautiful tanks), he gave me with some more awesome plants. After I planted those I decided it would be time to take a few glamour shots.















I'm really pumped about how well its going. A big thanks to Tom Barr for LOADING me up with some awesome plants. And for Jimmy (prjct92eh2) for some free extra plants. I wasn't supposed to get my catalina light until tonight, but here I am basking in the glow of an awesome tank and (already) pearling plants
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Looks Great!
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Nice. I really gotta see about moonlights for some of my setups--you have me convinced.

Those look like great plants. I look forward to seeing a plant list.

Again, nice photography too.
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Looks good Josh! btw, which bulbs did you get from Catalina?
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Thanks guys!

Jimmy - They are the 6500k 39w 36" T5HO lights from catalina
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I'm going to start this tank off nice and easy. I have two of my T5 lights setup to run for 7 hours a day (~2wpg). I'm going to leave the third off for now, and see how things are growing. No ferts yet... I've heard its good to wait a few weeks before starting to dose those. I have my Co2 setup at 1bps, diffused through the bubble ladder.

This is just my starter scape, I have some awesome driftwood that is soaking now, and I'll swap out a lot of the stems for some more attractive plants as soon as everything gets fairly established. Might try a carpet too for the foreground. Lots to come, stay tuned!
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Looks good. I have the 48" version of the fixture, minus the moonlights.
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post #30 of 163 (permalink) Old 10-18-2009, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Got a new filter, and did some trimming earlier! New pictures soon!
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