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04-30-2012 09:14 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 08:57 PM
Doc7
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Originally Posted by Nate McFin View Post
Thanks for subscribing!

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...

-Nate

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 04:14 PM
Nate McFin
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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!
Thanks for subscribing!

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...

-Nate
02-09-2012 01:45 AM
Doc7 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 02:13 PM
Nate McFin
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Originally Posted by ghotifish View Post
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.
Thanks for stopping in Ghotifish!
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.
Good luck!
Nate
12-06-2011 06:45 AM
ghotifish 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 02:25 PM
Nate McFin
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Originally Posted by frenchymasters View Post
alder cones help keep them from going bad but if they keep turning white they may not be fertile but also if you have good ones and the bad ones keep infecting them then i would try methalaine blue or alder cones.
I have read about methaline blue but I have not tried it yet. I had not heard of alder cones, after a little research it looks like a good way to go. Thanks!
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Tank looks great. the Narrow Leaf java fern has taken off.



When i raise my corys i put the eggs either in another small tank or in one of those liver breeder plastic things. The next thing i do put an air stone (connected to air pump) in which creates flow.I've done the air pump and breeder box. Is it possible to get too much movement?


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). Possible, I use a plastic AAA card

HTH.
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WOW!! Stunning tank, really amazing.
Thanks!
12-05-2011 12:11 AM
frenchymasters
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Originally Posted by Nate McFin View Post
I collect them on and off. They turn white after a few days though. I have experimented with waterflow over the egg surface (which I have read can keep them from going bad) No luck...any ideas let me know!
Nate
alder cones help keep them from going bad but if they keep turning white they may not be fertile but also if you have good ones and the bad ones keep infecting them then i would try methalaine blue or alder cones
12-05-2011 12:10 AM
Li@m Tank looks great. the Narrow Leaf java fern has taken off.


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Originally Posted by Nate McFin View Post
I collect them on and off. They turn white after a few days though. I have experimented with waterflow over the egg surface (which I have read can keep them from going bad) No luck...any ideas let me know!
Nate
When i raise my corys i put the eggs either in another small tank or in one of those liver breeder plastic things. The next thing i do put an air stone (connected to air pump) in which creates flow.


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).

HTH.
12-05-2011 12:02 AM
dragonsong93 WOW!! Stunning tank, really amazing.
12-04-2011 11:54 PM
Nate McFin
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Originally Posted by frenchymasters View Post
do you collect the eggs after they lay them? if not they are just going to keep eating them.
I collect them on and off. They turn white after a few days though. I have experimented with waterflow over the egg surface (which I have read can keep them from going bad) No luck...any ideas let me know!
Nate
12-04-2011 10:56 PM
frenchymasters do you collect the eggs after they lay them? if not they are just going to keep eating them.
12-04-2011 09:36 PM
Nate McFin 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 05:37 AM
TwoStrokeKing Those stands look professional! nicely done.
06-07-2011 04:11 AM
Nate McFin 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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