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chazde3 12-03-2012 02:53 PM

Chuck's Desktop Spec
 
Hi all. This is my first attempt at a planted pico tank. This tank was originally a pico reef tank, but I got a little bored with it. Lighting is the stock spec unit but I have plans to update it to either 3 or 4 3watt CREE LEDs on a dimmable driver. Probably 3 cool whites and a royal blue. I know blue is useless in FW tanks but I like the crisper white that a blue mixed in gives you.

Stock List:
7 CRS
2 Clown Killifish

Java Fern
Flame Moss
Unknown Crypt

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-t...127_113546.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-h...127_113457.jpg

xjasminex 12-03-2012 04:27 PM

Your wood is awesome =]

chazde3 12-03-2012 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by xjasminex (Post 2097767)
Your wood is awesome =]

Thank you. I cherry picked through my LFS's driftwood bins and found this beauty. I had to cut down one side at the base to help it sit so it looks like an old stump. I'm excited to see the plants grow in around it.

GMYukonon24s 12-04-2012 01:04 PM

Nice start! Do you plan on putting any plants in front of the wood?

chazde3 12-04-2012 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 2098855)
Nice start! Do you plan on putting any plants in front of the wood?

Yup, I have some dwarf valis at my fiance's house waiting for me to remember to grab it. Once I put that in I will let this grow in and see if anything needs to be added down the road. She has a nice 20g tall planted tank that has been going for around 6-9 months.

STS_1OO 12-04-2012 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by chazde3 (Post 2099187)
Yup, I have some dwarf valis at my fiance's house waiting for me to remember to grab it. Once I put that in I will let this grow in and see if anything needs to be added down the road. She has a nice 20g tall planted tank that has been going for around 6-9 months.

Great piece of wood there - I think this will look awesome!

Could you elaborate on "dwarf valis"....I'm not sure which plant that is but sounds interesting :D

chazde3 12-05-2012 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by STS_1OO (Post 2099262)
Great piece of wood there - I think this will look awesome!

Could you elaborate on "dwarf valis"....I'm not sure which plant that is but sounds interesting :D

Haha I'm actually not quite sure what it is. I bought a bunch of regular Valis for her tank a long time ago and not of it grows over 2-3 inches tall now. Spreads like wildfire though haha.

chazde3 12-09-2012 01:36 AM

Worked on a little project this weekend :D. I got my LED light for this tank built. Went with 3 3watt Cree cool whites and 1 3watt Cree royal blue. All on a dimmable driver. I painted the heatsink black for a cleaner look. All I still need to do is figure out how to hang it over the tank when I get back to work on Monday. I may go with bending a piece of conduit or have the machine shop come up with something. I also dont have a fan on the heatsink the moment. I will test out the heat that these put out and if they get too hot I will pick up a small fan and probably machine it into the heatsink.

Paint drying
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_...208_165329.jpg
LED layout
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1...208_204445.jpg
Testing out the LEDs
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-B...208_204416.jpg

andrewss 12-09-2012 08:09 AM

nice diy work - tank looks great that DW is awesome

chazde3 12-17-2012 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by andrewss (Post 2104132)
nice diy work - tank looks great that DW is awesome

Thanks.

So I was gonna resist as much as possible from putting a Betta in the spec but I found a beauty I couldn't pass up. I was at my local Meijer which usually only has generic red or blue Bettas, I spotted a great looking red with light blue/white crowntails. I will get some pictures of him soon, got a busy day ahead of me unfortunately.

chazde3 12-18-2012 09:23 PM

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-e...218_131905.jpg

andrewss 12-19-2012 05:44 AM

yeah, thats a good lookin crowntail!

dacrax07 12-20-2012 02:54 AM

The java fern will look great once it grows in. Bettas do love java fern


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