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post #16 of 194 (permalink) Old 01-02-2009, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hey...out of curiosity how many watts does it look like is on this tank?
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Maybe...20 watts or so?

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i was goign to say between 15 and 20. why? how many is it?
nice tank setup so far though, i love the dw!

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Yeah, that's what I would guess too. It's actually 75. My refelector...SUCKS!!! Or rather does not exist. Thinking of adding a bit of tin foil to bump it up a notch. Good idea, yes no? I'm adding CO2.

Glad you like the driftwood! It's my fav part.
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Yeah, that's what I would guess too. It's actually 75. My refelector...SUCKS!!! Or rather does not exist. Thinking of adding a bit of tin foil to bump it up a notch. Good idea, yes no? I'm adding CO2.

Glad you like the driftwood! It's my fav part.
75?!?!? Woah...lol your reflector does need some work

What exact type of light is it (T5, CF, etc.)?

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CF lighting, 5500K. I know...isn't it the oddest thing? I would never personally have guessed 75.

I mean is it a proper metal, white on the inside reflector hood, built and designed for this job! It sucks at it's job. I bought it a few years ago back when I didn't care about plants.

Okay, off to try some tin.
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Okay, pull out the tin foil and coated the inside of my 'reflector' and here are the results. I still wouldn't guess 75 on this, but now I think it's up to looking more like 30-40.

Now I can see all the Cam and the edge of the drift and more of the back. It's not a day/night change, but I do think it's a change.

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Oh you can also see that I bought a bit of Frogbit. I LOVE it! Giggle. They also had Crystal Red Shrimp there and I just loved the look of them. So amazing. This place had yellow, red, snowball, blueberry, bamboo, ghost, tiger, and bee shrimp! It was the first time I'd been there, it was way cool!
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I just bought some HC on ebay and I'm thinking of building up the sand on the left side of the tank, so here's the question: does HC need to have plant substrate or will it grow well in sand (I will be using liquid Plant Gold and Flourish Excel)?

Not only do I not want to buy more plant sub, but I also hate the idea of trying to get it in the tank now that it is full. Sigh.
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The CO2 reactor! It's working! I have...BUBBLES!!! Squeee!
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What's your reactor like?

I think HC will grow in sand, but try and supplement with root tabs and/or dry/liquid ferts.

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My rector is the very simple 2L bottle with the blue tubing siliconed into it with the hose passing through checkvalve and then threaded into a hole I drilled on the bottom of the intake of my HOB. I can hear each little bubble hitting the impeller, about once a second. I did the jello trick as well.

It was so easy that I'm building a little one for my pico.

I can easily get some root tabs down there and I'm already planing on the liquid fert. I guess we'll see what happens.
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Lol that's what I did at first as well

But then I heard from some people that once the waterfall hits the surface, it'll outgass all the CO2 dissolved in the water (because of the surface exchange).

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That's odd, I read here that it's the best way to do it.
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A canister filter is probably the best way to do that, since the output is underwater, and the CO2 has a long time to get diffused in the water in the canister.

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