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06-09-2012 05:14 PM
talontsiawd
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Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s View Post
That's a beautiful tank and nice pics.
Thank you. The pics in the last 2 updates are doctored, as said. I don't like doctoring photos as I have purchased plants because of brilliant pinks and purples, only to find later that the plants were really just red and the photos were doctored. I will say the color is accurate to my tank though.

I appreciate the words. This tank is really fun/easy but has a lot of presence for its size in the house. We have another 20 long but even at it's best, it hasn't had nearly as much interest from friends/visitors.
06-09-2012 02:50 PM
GMYukonon24s That's a beautiful tank and nice pics.
06-09-2012 06:13 AM
talontsiawd Here is a little update. I had to use and editor to sharpen it as my lens is scratched an my camera does not focus well.

If you haven't caught it, this is my girlfriends tank. We don't live together (yet) and I haven't been by as much as normal and because of some life changes, the little maintenance I do has been neglected. I usually dose excel 3x per week (not usually every other day though) but it's been about 2 weeks since the last dose. I usually do a water change every 2 weeks but it's been about a month. It still hasn't recovered from my last trim fully which was 2 weeks ago.

I can't really complain but some of the plants have a bit of a yellow tinge to them. The stargrass isn't doing well right now but it's one of the plants that should be easy but often suffers only to come back really strong for me. I don't know why that plant is challenging to me. That said, I don't believe I have cleaned the inside of the glass in over 2 months, only the outside. Hopefully it turns around pretty quick.

Lastly, I think it's time to replace my bulbs. These are atleast 1.5 years old at this point. I still am getting good color for the most part but it could be better and growth seems to have slowed down.

Best pic I could get off my camera:
05-12-2012 04:11 AM
FisheriesOmen You take a lot better pics than I do....
05-11-2012 11:35 PM
talontsiawd Also, I took a new pic. For some reason, I just can't get it to look right. Looks better in person, only have a point and shoot camera.

05-11-2012 11:27 PM
talontsiawd
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Originally Posted by Stradevarius View Post
I'm starting a five gallon nano similar to this tank and like the idea of the mesh top (It's for a betta). My biggest question though is your light fixture. Looking online, everything lighting wise for a 5 gallon with a top seems to be non-existent (most are rimless with light stands) and I would very much like to use incandescent bulbs for my tank and not a strip. Could you take a few photos of the outside and inside of the fixture so I can get an idea of what I need to do to attempt that DIY? Thanks!

Stradevarius
Here are some pics. Sorry for the delay.




05-07-2012 07:41 AM
Stradevarius
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Originally Posted by talontsiawd View Post
It was DIY. I bought a Marina 10 gallon way back but found out the top was rimless. So, I took the hood apart and took out the actual lighting from the plastic. I then took my old stock light housing from my 29 gallon, cut it down to size and the plastic welded it back together. It was originally for my 10 gallon but happened to fit my 5 gallon perfectly about a year after I tore my other tank down.


It wouldn't be a hard DIY. You just need to make a light fixture with 2 incandescent sockets. You could either find a 10 gallon hook and use that (and may not have to do any wiring), or get the parts from home depot or similar. Then make a housing for it out of wood or plastic, whatever you want.

But yeah, it was just repurposing things I had.

And the mesh top is a "critter cage" top you can get at Petco. I needed it as I had a Dwarf African Frog and they have a tendency to jump out.
I'm starting a five gallon nano similar to this tank and like the idea of the mesh top (It's for a betta). My biggest question though is your light fixture. Looking online, everything lighting wise for a 5 gallon with a top seems to be non-existent (most are rimless with light stands) and I would very much like to use incandescent bulbs for my tank and not a strip. Could you take a few photos of the outside and inside of the fixture so I can get an idea of what I need to do to attempt that DIY? Thanks!

Stradevarius
05-06-2012 09:07 PM
talontsiawd I don't really plan to keep updating but I thought it would be cool to throw out an update. The glass heart is what my GF wanted (it's her tank though she hasn't ever got her hands wet really). I just added the Glosso about a week ago so that will need some time.



10-31-2011 07:05 PM
talontsiawd Non picture update....

My GF was out of town for a few weeks. I had luckily removed all livestock after accidentally over feeding (I mistakenly poured in WAY too much food). The tank was cycling so I didn't want to harm anything. Because there was no livestock, I did not check up on the tank a frequently as I should have. We I returned, I found many of the plants had melted. I also looked at the temp and found out that the tank was at over 95 degrees. Basically the heater was sticking on.

Between the two, the plants really suffered, not sure what the cause was. There was also no food being added at the time due to no livestock. That could be another cause. Anyway, it really disrupted the tank. Therefore, I decided to just redo the tank.

It is not much to see but I made a major change. I decided to use soil for the first time. I just used regular potting soil, did not mineralize it or anything. I only used a very small amount, about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch.

My other change is that I am going to try to make this more "dutch" than "jungle". That is a challenge due to tank size so it will probably get a little "loose" and "jungly" but I am being more organized in my layout. I plan to go slow and pay attention to growth as one fast growing plant easily takes over the tank due to its size. I want to keep those plants to a minimum.

I will get pics up when I can, but not much to see as of yet.
09-01-2011 03:57 AM
talontsiawd
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Originally Posted by xjasminex View Post
Very true, id eventually like to go rimless, though i have a betta and i want the top covered, im thinking of getting a plate of glass the same EXACT size of the top of my tank then using a screw in CF bulb in a modified desk lamp.
This tank actually started out with just a desk lamp. I used a 26 watt bulb and supposedly they put more light out if they are upright, rather than horizontal to the tank. Everything grew well. The main reason I ditched that was it was a pain with both the top, and moving the light to really see what you were doing. I just happened to have this from another tank so I switched. If it was open top, I may be able to get the same results I have now out of one bulb. The screen does mask light.


My experience with bettas has been weird. I have had 2 jump out of tanks with a generic 10 gallon hood and I don't even get how they found where to jump, much less fit through the tiny gaps. I have also had them in open tops (but much bigger than a 10 gallon), never jumped. I know the size of the tank probably made a difference but it's ironic that I have had much better luck with an open top with betta's.
09-01-2011 03:37 AM
xjasminex Very true, id eventually like to go rimless, though i have a betta and i want the top covered, im thinking of getting a plate of glass the same EXACT size of the top of my tank then using a screw in CF bulb in a modified desk lamp.
09-01-2011 02:27 AM
talontsiawd
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Originally Posted by xjasminex View Post
Oh great, thanks!

That should help me in the future when i decided to change my light!
Check the DIY section, may people have done similar, just had everything I needed so I didn't have to do much more than unscrew some things.

Not that I have really looked but I haven't seen a great florescent light for these tanks. I do see bulbs at the hardware store that are the right size. Maybe there is something out there. I only seem them in T5. I think 1 T5 would be doable with enough plant mass, without CO2, but I am not going to say that is certain.

I like the screw ins because you can change your light tremendously. I have bulbs ranging from 7 watts to 26 watts so I could go very low to extremely high light without changing the fixture and the bulbs are cheap, often cheaper on sale.
09-01-2011 02:03 AM
xjasminex Oh great, thanks!

That should help me in the future when i decided to change my light!
08-31-2011 10:29 PM
talontsiawd
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Originally Posted by xjasminex View Post
Hi, i was wondering what light fixture you have on top, looks like its some kind of light strip on top of a grate of some kind, i have a five gallon to and i havent found and light strips made for the small length.
Thanks!
It was DIY. I bought a Marina 10 gallon way back but found out the top was rimless. So, I took the hood apart and took out the actual lighting from the plastic. I then took my old stock light housing from my 29 gallon, cut it down to size and the plastic welded it back together. It was originally for my 10 gallon but happened to fit my 5 gallon perfectly about a year after I tore my other tank down.


It wouldn't be a hard DIY. You just need to make a light fixture with 2 incandescent sockets. You could either find a 10 gallon hook and use that (and may not have to do any wiring), or get the parts from home depot or similar. Then make a housing for it out of wood or plastic, whatever you want.

But yeah, it was just repurposing things I had.

And the mesh top is a "critter cage" top you can get at Petco. I needed it as I had a Dwarf African Frog and they have a tendency to jump out.
08-31-2011 10:15 PM
xjasminex Hi, i was wondering what light fixture you have on top, looks like its some kind of light strip on top of a grate of some kind, i have a five gallon to and i havent found and light strips made for the small length.
Thanks!
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