|04-07-2015 05:35 AM|
Quick update. lol
No update, the tank is still as it was. I am fighting a bad case of BGA, it just will not go away. I have been dumping in a ton of KN03 into the tank, I have done treatments of ethromiacyn and nothing, it goes away for a few weeks and then comes back with a vengeance. I just don't know. The plants are still baffling to me, the stellatus is growing great, the sunset is going good the swords are growing like nothing else. But my substrate plants seem to be stunting, and randomly a stellatus stem will stunt. I just don't get it. The co2 is up as far as it can go with the bows, and very yellow under a drop checker. Its diffused through an inline diffuser so there is definatly enough co2 getting in there. just at a loss.
Our house is now on the market. So the tank is in maintenance mode. just enough to keep it looking nice. Once I move into our new place (still searching for) the tank will get a new scape using the same wood, and some new plants. I cant wait. The plans for a 75 gal. tank goes underway once I am settled in the new house. That will take some time to pull together. I hopefully will set that up as a whole new tank, not just an upgrade. The cost will be pretty high.
|02-21-2015 06:51 AM|
one last update. I spent some time tonight video taping the sunset. Its not the best quality. In order to be able to save the file I had to reduce the quality on my phone lol. Even after that the file came in at 3 gigs
Here ya go. The first part is rather underwhelming, but it is dimming which is not as apparent in the video.
|02-21-2015 03:42 AM|
Quick update, no pictures at the moment.
The light is producing good par numbers. The stellatus is a very stunning red at the crowns. Its nice. They put on a good amount of growth during the week, and when checking the lower stems while doing my water change, they still held on to their leaves.
The Rotala green is well.. snaking across the substrate. I will probably have to move it into the shadows to keep it growing up instead of out.
|02-18-2015 04:44 AM|
Is it the Micranthemum ‘Monte Carlo’? That might be fun to try. As soon as I get things settled and growing well in the tank with the new light I would be more than happy to trade you a few trimmings of the stellatus. I have noticed good growth starting up. This week alone I think the stellatus put on at least 2" in height for the taller stems. The hygro sunset is turning a nice red color now (I don't think I can use it as a good nitrate indicator anymore lol) there is pearling, not mad pearling but noticeable. The fish are really liking the new lighting cycle. They are not scared to half death when the lights suddenly come on, or go off anymore and I am finding more and more eggs around the tank lol. Over the next two weeks I should have a good idea of how things are going. So far no stunting so I think the co2 is correct to the lighting as well.
The persicaria is an amazing plant. It used to be more green near the bottom and would only get that very bright pink at the top when it was at the 3/4 height. the lower stems are now getting that bright pink even at 1/4 from substrate! I think my light levels are lower than what they were with my last light setup, but the right wave lengths and quality of light has done some pretty amazing things.
Right now as I type this the lights are dimming and are about 50% light lol this thing is soo cool! Well worth the money.
|02-16-2015 11:01 AM|
|BruceF||This is looking great Noah! I've got some of the so called monte carlo growing now. It would look great up in the front. I'm thinking I might need some stellatus. Great color on the persicaria. Really like what you are doing here.|
|02-16-2015 02:32 AM|
As promised here are pics of a cleaned up tank. I trimmed and replanted the stellatus, scooped out most of the h.japan, and replanted a few strands to get a much lower bush going this time around, trimed the other plants and cleaned up as much algae as I could. I am going to stop and grab some antibiotics to take care of the rest of the dang bga tomorrow. The light took some getting used to, the 90* optics leave the top of the tank pretty dark, at the 85% height mark but the plants are all getting a good amount of light below that. There is a very slight "disco effect" that is happening on the far right as my franz stoffels Is blocking all but a green and red LED, so occationally a fish will swim through it and look a bit odd. That should be alleviated when that leave gets old and I have to trim it off lol.
The fish seem to like the sunrise, and sunset feature of the light. The lights come on at 2:00 pm with the whites and reds come on first from 2-3 ramping from 0 to 100%. The ramp up is very smooth, so it looks like a sunrise. The greens and blues start at 2:45 and are full by 3:00.
At 10:30pm the greens and blues drop to 5% over the 30 min. and the reds and whites come down after that leaving a very nice orange / red "sunset" by 11:00 pm the lights are all off with the exception of the green / blue channel which stays at 5% until 2am which then goes off.
It works very well, and is very pleasing to watch. Hopefully as I get more used to programing with the solunar I can set up a program to throw on occasionally that will have lightning. could be nice to have maybe a water drip thing above the water that can "trigger" during the storm to provide a nice realistic storm lol. That's thinking ahead. Maybe I will have to setup a hood to do that in our next house.
I am also going to play with the cloud cover function as well, it looks like it could be nice to have every once in a while too.
No new fish additions, no losses (thank god) I will hopefully be getting some m.herberaxelrodi after our move in a few months. We will be listing our house to sell in the next month or so for somewhere bigger . The planning for the 75g will start after that lol.
Here is a bit of eye candy lol. The photos are as is with no modification. I did turn down the exposure a little on the camera to avoid the over saturation of light on the plant tops from the light though.
|02-12-2015 04:08 AM|
Here are a couple of pics, they are hosted on my onedrive account, but viewable.
Ignore the BGA on the plants, that will be sucked off this weekend with the water change and the tank cleaned from top to bottom.
I did have to turn down the brightness level on my phone because the lights were over exposing the plants near the top of the aquarium, the tank is a little brighter than they appear in the pictures. The last few pictures were taken with no change in brightness.
The tank also needs a heavy hand with the trim hammer lol its overgrown immensely
|02-11-2015 03:31 AM|
|rballi||Very cool. Very curious to see how it works|
|02-10-2015 05:43 AM|
|Noahma||light installed and programed. It starts the light cycle at 3:00pm and ramps up over an hour to full light going through each channel (1 - white, 2- red, 3- blue and greens) with a 30 min. separation. It then runs at full until 10:00 pm and then ramps back down from channel 1-3 giving channel 3 a few extra hours at 10% light until it fades to 0% at 2am. I think I may have to cut it back to 5% for the moon light, its still a little on the bright side lol. this thing is fantastic. It looks like less light, but I think I was over-lighting the tank with the T-5's. We will see over a couple weeks. The plants started pearling pretty good about an hour after having the light on at full, so I think the may be happy. I will get some pictures up after I get rid of the BGA that started growing last week.|
|02-08-2015 01:24 AM|
|02-07-2015 10:55 PM|
|02-07-2015 06:43 PM|
Ok, fixture due to be delivered to my office on Monday!!!
Will post some pics and possibly a video when I get everything programed.
|01-16-2015 01:51 AM|
Quick update. I went to order my Buildmyled fixture tonight and noticed a new product!!! It will do exactly what I want it to do, actually create sunrises and sunsets with a controller. They released the Dutch version of the fixture in a multi-channel control!!!!
I have a quick question out to Cara before I order the fixture, controller etc. to get this puppy on my tank!
|12-23-2014 05:29 AM|
|12-22-2014 04:40 AM|
|rballi||Looking good! I am loving my BML fixture, you get what you pay for.|
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