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11-13-2012 08:46 PM
crazydaz Hi Correna!

I started a new Journal thread for the new tank set up after I tore it down. Here's a link:

.....let the Journal remain dead...... LOL!
11-13-2012 05:49 PM
cturner Any updates or new pics??
09-27-2012 04:12 AM
crazydaz Thanks, Anthony!! Btw--did Tom ever explain why the green lights are important to use in your fixture? For the life of me, I've been scratching my head over that one. Green plants reflect green light, which is why they are green. Is there a chance that yellow light wavelengths from the green bulb are what you are trying to gain? Let me know, when you can! I would like to try some of these types of bulbs...the red and purple bulbs are "defines" for me....not so sure of the green bulbs though.
09-27-2012 03:47 AM
antbug Absolutely. It wouldn't be a hobby if you just set it up and it was done.

I remember when I first saw your journal and I though, bad shape for a planted tank. It's hard enough to pull off a good looking tank with one viewing side and you pulled off a stunning 360 degree tank. Thumbs up. Looking forward to this one.
09-27-2012 01:56 AM
crazydaz Cob---probably don't eat them, but they will scavenge any remaining....meat....The Circle of Life, type of thing, I guess!

Obakemono--Yes, the lights are now a good 2.5 feet off the tank now. I have taken a measurement yet, but this is lower light. I will be buying new fixtures with German reflectors relatively soon. Two light pendants of 8x54watt T5 HO's, for a total of 16 bulbs. That will help, but once I get plants on the Manzy, it will certainly dim things down below the Manzy. I have mostly anubia species, crypts, and buce's in there, so they will appreciate the lower light conditions. The stems are in unobstructed lighting areas. There is still some re-arranging that I'm sure will happen, but I am hoping for a slower growing set up.

Drema--Thank you! I'll take every ounce of luck that I can get! My CO2 closed loop system is completely fried, so I have to get another one soon! Just happened tonight, too! Darn thing started leaking water after I waterproofed it yesterday, and then stopped. I hope that I don't lose too many plants.....

Chef's is sweet! The wife and I usually go there for lunch once or twice per month. And take home a piece of cake for dessert to split later on!

Antbug! Thanks bro! Most of the fun is in the journey rather than the destination, yes?
09-26-2012 10:54 PM
antbug Good start. You have your work cut out for you. That last scape was AMAZING.
09-26-2012 10:28 PM
Drema Completely unrelated to the tank, but I noticed Goodlettesville as your location. We go by there a couple of times a year and I have to recommend the restaurant "Chef's Market." The food is fabulous.

Best of luck with setting thing back up! I'm sure it will be even more beautiful than before!
09-26-2012 09:49 PM
Obakemono Hey Don,
Since the manzy branches are high out of the water will this have an effect on the lighting? I know on the old setup you had your hood relatively close to the tank.
09-26-2012 06:18 PM
Cobfreak I love trumpet snails too. I think my amano shrimp might eat them, though; I'm not sure. It might be that I've just seen them picking at empty shells. I never have as many as I want to.
09-26-2012 05:51 PM
crazydaz Thanks Rainbuilder! Make room for one!!!

Cobfreak! That makes a little more sense to me! Sorry Jkan! If the comment pertained to Malyasian trumpet snails, I would answer that I love these little guys, and tried to bring as many as I could from my old set up. I need them to keep the substrate from compacting, and they never posed a problem to me!!
09-26-2012 05:36 PM
Cobfreak Looks excellent, I love the wood.

Also, I think the "all the MTS" comment meant trumpet snails, not mineralized top soil. Way too many "MTS"s in this hobby. Looking forward to following this tank.
09-26-2012 05:11 PM
rainbuilder This is an awesome tank size, I wish I had the room for one just like this! Can't wait to see what you do with it this time around.
09-26-2012 04:20 PM
crazydaz PS--- A sad goodbye to Andy Williams! :-( I always loved his warm and rich sounding. The Last of an Era of Legends.
09-26-2012 04:14 PM
crazydaz jkan--I'm not too sure what you mean? This is a crypt tank, which are heavy root feeders, and I am NOT taking this system down for a long, long time to redo substrate. And, I don't think that it is an "excessive" amount...probably no more than two inches at most. There is kitty litter and some of my old substrate as a base layer (about 1/2") along with a little under two inches of MTS, capped by an inch of playsand. Pretty standard, I think!

Keithy--Thanks man! I'll be adding more as time goes on. Hopefully, it will eventually look as good as the previous set up. It will take some time, especially because I'm using such slow growing buce's and anubia species.

Got some thread-leaf java fern yesterday from Jeff, which looks really cool, too!

Thanks Nick!! That's the plan! I'll need it to help mask the base of the manzy branches. I've already been criticized that the manzy branches just stand out too much. I never intended them to be so "there," and had always planned on asking Devin to provide me a nice supply of riparium plants....I guess some people expect a perfect set up from the get-go. This is a "journal," not an entry into an AGA contest.

Non-C, thanks buddy! It's a "start"!

Thanks wastedtime and vincenz! It was always open-top, but I had the pendant hanging fairly low. It has been raised substantially now.
09-26-2012 03:05 PM
vincenz Whoa nice! I hope you keep it open-topped this time around
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