|06-26-2012 07:30 PM|
haha for those who care, i found some nice bulbs!
apparently lowes sells 6500k CPL screw on bulbs! I grabbed the 23 watt one (quite large) went home and tried to put it in the unit but the metal thing (cheap house reflector) prevented it from screwing on. I ripped it out and it gave more room for the light bulb. I had a thin sheet of reflector laying around so i bended that and threw it right above the light.
Pros: i have super bright 6500k 23ish watt bulb in my fixture
Con: I dont think it was recommended to put a bulb with that many watts in the original fixture. On top of the fixture where there are vent holes is very hot to the touch. Im gona have to keep an eye on this to see if it will "melt" or not. Coralife's current mini fixture which takes 18 watts total of cfl bulbs gets dangerously hot. This one is getting there but lets see where it goes.
Tank looks alot like an aquarium now ^^ Id post pictures but someone took my SD card for their camera
|06-25-2012 07:47 PM|
|Fishies_in_Philly||Tsk tsk dan. I didn't give you that many plants.....lol|
|06-25-2012 07:40 PM|
|06-25-2012 06:14 PM|
|Fishies_in_Philly||Had the same problem. Did a 100% water change on my 75 saturday. First change since i flooded it. Did 100% because i am going through a nice cloudy bacterial bloom (which came back), but everything in my tank started melting since. I'm hoping it all recovers, i put quite a few plants in there sat....lol|
|06-25-2012 05:50 PM|
I just cant see myself spending that much on such small tanks unless it
was given to me or me being a millionaire.
Added some elatine into this tank 2 days ago...they seem to have melted showing signs of clear leaves with veins...very interesting. Not sure if its a shock of going from MH lighting into low CPF lighting or not haha. No big deal. Just waiting for the tank to age.
|06-25-2012 03:59 PM|
|Fishies_in_Philly||How did i miss this thread? I really like the background tony, very cool and you folks are correct, as long as it is 100% silicone and doesn't have mildew inhibitors in it, it's good. And for what it's worth, cracked 5 gallon tanks have much more character than a $1000 ada tank|
|06-23-2012 08:13 AM|
|KingPlakat||If you get the right silicon from HD, it's likely the same stuff they sell as aquarium silicon...only 3 times as expensive because they sell it in the pet store.|
|06-23-2012 07:12 AM|
haha i would have done shelving too but i like i mentioned i didnt put alot of time into it...i would have done caves instead of shelves ^^. First time doing this so ill plan it out better next time...great project regardless
as for the silicone...im not recommending that you use HD sealant...recommendation WOULD be aquarium sealant...thats if u can afford it and if its worth it for you...everyone has their budgets and personal opinions.
Heck, if i had the cash id have ADA ship me some of their soil kits and their ADA tanks...but i have to resort to using cracked 5 gallon tanks ^^
|06-23-2012 02:43 AM|
|06-23-2012 01:37 AM|
Thank you guys, I was told from another forum to use the sealant specifically for aquariums. here I go spending monies I did not have on an expensive sealant which I could have purchased a silicone sealant from HD. Live and learn...
I do not mind standing corrected...LOL
|06-22-2012 10:25 PM|
----------Nice - I like it. I've tried DIY foam backgrounds and always ended up trashing them because they didnt look realistic. I may try something similar to what you did.
I tried looking for foam but i dont have any on hand and i wouldnt know which one to buy...my suggestion is to glue the rocks ONTO the foam that way you can always take out the whole thing and soak in bleach or whatever u need to clean it...also if u need to adjust something u can do so by just riping out the wall. I just didnt have foam on hand.
I never tried this with bigger rocks/slate rocks so i wouldnt know how it would hold up...i can tell you this that silicone is very flimsy and i can still wiggle some rocks around...but it should hold if i dont break it off.
---------------How are you getting water flow to the filter? are there openings in the rock around the intake?
I had an opening at the bottom but when the gravel went in it covered most of it...theres sitll a tiny opening at the bottom. but theres definitely an opening at the top. If i had more time and effort put into making this, i would have done an overflow method (sealing off completely the bottom) There are also small openings in between the pillar. I didnt seal it completely, its rocks stacked on top of other rocks so u dont see the holes/messy sealant.
|06-22-2012 09:39 PM|
I also tried my hands on a DIY foam background for my 60G, but decided to toss it as I didn't really like the outcome of it. I had this GREAT vision in my head, but it never turned out the way I wanted it to.
But now THIS idea of glueing rocks to the back is genius! I'm gonna have to steal this idea from you and try it out myself one day
|06-22-2012 09:15 PM|
Nice - I like it. I've tried DIY foam backgrounds and always ended up trashing them because they didnt look realistic. I may try something similar to what you did.
How are you getting water flow to the filter? are there openings in the rock around the intake?
|06-22-2012 07:27 AM|
|Aheartlessfish||oh yea? usually their cfls range from 4000-5000...but ill give it a shot again tomorrow ^^ i dont wana pay $15 for a screw on bulb via Thatfishplace|
|06-22-2012 06:02 AM|
|KingPlakat||Look for the daylight CFL's in 5000 or 6500k. They will grow plants nice for you and give you better viewing light as well. I use the 6500k personally because I think they're better, but I have used 5000k as well and it grew plants just fine. Lowes is the place to look.|
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