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|04-30-2012 08:14 PM|
|sketch804||great looking 40breeder here! Very well put together and aquascaped! I really like the use of open space in the middle of this one..cant wait to see more..|
|03-29-2012 07:57 PM|
How high above the tank rim would you say the bulbs are now?
I am thinking of building a tank canopy before I get the HO lights so I don't need to deal with excess light spillage. I'll probably need to put together a mockup first though because if it's as tall as I think it may need to be (for lights to be ...28"? above the substrate, or 12" above the tank) that might end up making the 40B look a bit "Squashed"
I would hate to build the canopy and it is just insanely too far tall, or, much worse yet, it is too short and I would need to build a new one to raise the lights higher. It looks like yours might be about 21" off the substrate? Just guessing from using a ruler on my monitor on a picture in another thread you posted in, and making some comparisons to distances on my 40B.
|02-20-2012 03:14 PM|
Originally Posted by Doc7 View Post
Sorry for the late reply, I have been busy on the dendroboard researching a dart frog tank.
I am due for an update soon here. Today is maintenance day so I will see if I cant add a few new pics.
There is alot of light spillage which I got used to pretty quick. If I was laying right next to it, it might be different. I know what you mean about all the different aspects of the tank beyond the livestock. I spent a LONG time researching before building. It really will pay off for you.
I am off to check out your thread...
|02-09-2012 12:45 AM|
Subscribed. Great tank.
I'm looking into going to more powerful lighting that is suspended higher above the tank, much like yours. That way there will be more even lighting throughout the tank instead of high lighting at the top and very low lighting at the bottom; this recently bit me when I did a major trim and it took a LONG time for the stems to recover, allowing algae to get a pretty good start in my tank.
How bad's the light spillage with your setup? I have my couch to watch TV from right next to the tank so I'm not sure if the T5HOs would be blinding while laying on it. Amazing the kinds of things you need to think about before messing around with the dang fish tank in the living room!
|12-07-2011 01:13 PM|
Originally Posted by ghotifish View Post
I have never heard of too high of light causing slow growth with the exception of if the high light causes a deficiency of ferts or co2. Which obviously happens all the time. I have been alot happier with my tank since I bumped it up a few notches. I always felt like I was chasing my tail with algae/deficiency and bad growth. Now the growth is slower (I am good with that) and I dont see nearly the problems with algae I used to.
The last pic in my thread is is from last week. So it fairly recent.
I will be watching your thread to see how things turn out for ya.
|12-06-2011 05:45 AM|
I like your light hanging setup. I've been thinking that my light was too high for a while now. Can light that is too high lead to slow growth? We've had injected CO2, good flow and filtration, and T5HOs since the tank started - and never had the fast growth that other folks seem to get. (Don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily mind not having
to trim ever 5 days). My wife settled on using window screen directly over the light over half the tank to deal with some algae on our anubias, but that setup you've got looks pretty sweet too.
Your setup has grown in nice, you should post another recent picture. Good luck on the cory eggs.
|12-05-2011 01:25 PM|
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|12-04-2011 11:11 PM|
|12-04-2011 11:10 PM|
Tank looks great. the Narrow Leaf java fern has taken off.
Also, How do get you eggs out of the tank, so you scrape them with a razor or do you use your fingers, because you might be squashing them. ( I use my fingers).
|12-04-2011 11:02 PM|
|dragonsong93||WOW!! Stunning tank, really amazing.|
|12-04-2011 10:54 PM|
Originally Posted by frenchymasters View Post
|12-04-2011 09:56 PM|
|frenchymasters||do you collect the eggs after they lay them? if not they are just going to keep eating them.|
|12-04-2011 08:36 PM|
Long over due for an update.....still no sterbai fry but they are still laying eggs. The tank has grown a ton since the last post! I had no idea until I accidentally clicked on my sig. LOL
Anyway on to the goods...
|06-07-2011 04:37 AM|
|TwoStrokeKing||Those stands look professional! nicely done.|
|06-07-2011 03:11 AM|
Hey Audio, sorry I missed your post there!I was just coming in to post an update as it has been far too long.
Well, the tank took a bit of a dive due to some thread algae which got into my HC. When I tried to clean it up it just tore the HC out as well. It got into the Rotala as well. The tank never really recovered from it. I tore most of the plants out a month or so ago and saved some of the Blyxa but that was all.
I ended up raising my lights a ton more after following Hoppys threads. I am becoming a firm believer that less is more with lighting. Since raising the light and dialing in the Co2 the algae is all but gone. (at least for now)
I planted some Narrow Leaf Java Fern, various crypts, and a ton of fissidens fontanus. I am currently waiting for this to grow out. I am really just concentrating on plant growth and less on landscaping at this point. I am also getting a ton of Sterbai Cory eggs though I have not actually had any Fry as of yet. The blue background is going away next weekend.
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