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05-20-2013 06:19 AM
Gavin288 So i can't find black diamond sand anywhere near me.....so im going with the back up of pool filter sand, also i have access to a friends koi pond and i was wondering if i should seed the sponge filters with the water from it? He doesn't use any chemicals in it so i think it should be safe to do? Any thoughts?
05-15-2013 01:58 AM
Gavin288 So since i live in arizona i think im going to add something to my hardscape, pieces of cholla cactus since it's around everywhere and Free
05-14-2013 04:32 AM
Gavin288
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What about putting dirt under the black diamond to give the plants an extra kick? Cheap, and you don't need to go for expensive substrate.
What kind of dirt?


Also how long does it take to cycle for shrimp? i've seen some people say as long as you have tons of plants only a week or so but others say like 1-2 months?, and how many shrimp can i have in total for the tank?
05-14-2013 03:29 AM
Nami What about putting dirt under the black diamond to give the plants an extra kick? Cheap, and you don't need to go for expensive substrate.
05-14-2013 02:58 AM
Gavin288 well i think everything is lined up now just showed my dad it and he said the light would be no problem to make, now being 16 and Not having a job just have to wait for my birthday to come around in a few weeks for the money......this will be the longest wait ever
05-14-2013 02:48 AM
CookieM Sure if you can mod it that way.

Or just get 2 Zoo Med lamp and 2 daylight fluorescent bulbs and you're good to go. I bought like 10 of those lamp dome for $3 each at Petco clearance.

Amazon.com: Zoo Med Mini Deep Dome Lamp Fixture with 5.5-Inch Dome, Black: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Zoo Med Mini Deep Dome Lamp Fixture with 5.5-Inch Dome, Black: Pet Supplies
05-14-2013 12:33 AM
Gavin288 ok so talked to some people at a few stores and they described making something like this http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH..._DSC01158c.jpg (did a search and only place that had something like it was here lol) i have all the tools to do it plus Metal flashing that i can polish as a reflector, the only difference they said was just use 2 bulbs in the center and not 4

Anyone think that would work?
05-13-2013 05:16 PM
Gavin288 Thanks for the info later today im going to a lfs that carry's all kinds of ADA stuff
05-13-2013 12:23 AM
CookieM
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So two T5 30 inch fixture with a 24 inch bulb? How high should it be?
If the fixture you bought come with a mount then that's the recommended height. If not then about 6 inches off the surface of water on a 20L.

As for T5 bulb get 6700 kelvin and 10,000 kelvin. Shrimp whiteness (CRS) show off their color better in 10,000 kelvin color. But be prepare to scrub off algae if you don't like it. I like aesthetic looking tank for all my tanks, algae is a like a disease in my eyes.

If you could get a timer for your electrical outlet for the Light fixture. Mine set up as follows:

9 AM - 2 PM ON
2 PM - 5 PM OFF (hottest time of the day during summer)
5 PM - 8 PM ON
8 PM - 9 AM OFF (fishes and shrimp need their sleeps)
05-12-2013 11:20 PM
Gavin288
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I would say no. At least use T5 for better output. You can also use 2 daylight fluorescent bulbs.
So two T5 30 inch fixture with a 24 inch bulb? How high should it be?
05-12-2013 06:39 PM
CookieM
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@wicca27 Thanks for the info

So anyone think a single T8 would be enough?
I would say no. At least use T5 for better output. You can also use 2 daylight fluorescent bulbs.
05-12-2013 05:37 PM
Gavin288 @wicca27 Thanks for the info

So anyone think a single T8 would be enough?
05-12-2013 08:47 AM
wicca27 with a shrimp tank algae is something good to keep in the tank. i have several tanks and the only side i keep clean from algae is the one i look in to see the shrimp. on my hex tank i keep 3 from sides clean the back ones are so green you cant see in, and the 5 gal in my room i just keep one of the ends clean cause i look though the short end when laying in bed. baby shrimp eat the algae and its good bio film for the shrimps.
05-12-2013 05:39 AM
Gavin288
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Go with LED lighting, it's summer you save money on electricity and won't run into the problem of heating up your water even more during summer.
The thing i don't like about LED lighting is that it has a tint and price is alot higher, i know over e summer i might save a few bucks here and there from using them but i don't think it will be that much


Since im not doing co2 would a T8 keep algae down but give off good lighting? Since a T5 is overkill?
05-12-2013 04:48 AM
CookieM Go with LED lighting, it's summer you save money on electricity and won't run into the problem of heating up your water even more during summer.
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