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Forum: Tank Journals 10-11-2013, 01:38 PM
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Views: 143,717
Posted By defender.TX
While I fully support anybody coming over to the...

While I fully support anybody coming over to the dark side and rbarn's build is incredibly impressive, I don't think the setup at this point would be all that great for a reef conversion without a...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-23-2013, 03:26 PM
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Views: 143,717
Posted By defender.TX
You just don't see this kind of planning/prep...

You just don't see this kind of planning/prep work put into freshwater tanks very often. I really love how you are borrowing elements from the reefing community and incorporating them into this to...
Forum: Tank Journals 07-23-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
I haven't updated this thread in a while so I...

I haven't updated this thread in a while so I figured I should do an update post. First, I've been really busy working on my first saltwater tank that I won from Innovative Marine. You can see the...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 07-11-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,409
Posted By defender.TX
Honestly, it really just doesn't look like enough...

Honestly, it really just doesn't look like enough light to me at all. Only the middle of the tank looks like it's getting any light at all. Here would be my recommendations:

1.) Up the lighting....
Forum: Tank Journals 04-14-2013, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
Thanks! Those Current USA Lunar Lights really are...

Thanks! Those Current USA Lunar Lights really are cool, I was worried they were a little TOO bright for moonlights but after having them on the tank I think they are just right.
Forum: Tank Journals 04-14-2013, 01:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
Update 04.13.2013

It's been a while! I took new pictures after I trimmed the plants and cleaned the glass tonight. The Java Moss is absolutely dominating the tank, it grows slow and steady. The Java Fern has doubled...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-09-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,460
Posted By defender.TX
I have a Spec III and I use an 8 hour...

I have a Spec III and I use an 8 hour photoperiod. Any more than that and I grow algae without CO2. I installed some 12K Current USA Lunar lights for viewing outside of the photoperiod.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-08-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 14,365
Posted By defender.TX
So I see a few things that could cause the hair...

So I see a few things that could cause the hair algae. Weak flow, too much light, and too little CO2. I would turn up the flow of the CO2 a little bit (if you have a drop checker it would help you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-07-2013, 12:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,674
Posted By defender.TX
I like the last one a lot. If it were me, I would...

I like the last one a lot. If it were me, I would move on and plant - up to you though!
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-06-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,674
Posted By defender.TX
The second scape is better for sure, but I would...

The second scape is better for sure, but I would suggest one small change. Lower the angle of the tallest rock so that it's more "flat". This will take some of the depth out of the tank but the rock...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 03-05-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,674
Posted By defender.TX
I think for a first attempt it's okay, but there...

I think for a first attempt it's okay, but there is quite a bit you could do to improve the scape. With a little bit of thoughtfulness on how you are placing the rock things really come together....
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-05-2013, 01:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,651
Posted By defender.TX
My Betta managed to jump out of the small...

My Betta managed to jump out of the small rectangular opening at the top of my Fluval Spec. They definitely are active fish if you give them the correct conditions and this can lead to their demise....
Forum: Tank Journals 03-04-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,254
Posted By defender.TX
I really like the idea of the tank (wood on one...

I really like the idea of the tank (wood on one side, stone on the other). My constructive criticism would be to scape the rock on the left without the wood on the left covering it up. That stone is...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-04-2013, 12:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
Thanks, I actually picked it up just before new...

Thanks, I actually picked it up just before new years 2012. The Spec family has a confusing naming scheme, but according to the boxes that I saw at the LFS the Spec II is the original (with the round...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-04-2013, 12:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
Well, I bought 5 gallons of RO water from Austin...

Well, I bought 5 gallons of RO water from Austin Aquadome for a few dollars. I'll probably mix it half and half to put some trace minerals back into the aquarium. If I didn't use any tap water, does...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-03-2013, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
Finally got the camera and took some updated...

Finally got the camera and took some updated pictures. You can see the distributed DHG planting and shrimp. I apologize for the dirty glass and the somewhat blurry pictures - I still haven't gotten...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-02-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,102
Posted By defender.TX
I've only had mine about 3 months but it has not...

I've only had mine about 3 months but it has not leaked.
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 03-02-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 14,365
Posted By defender.TX
Looking great! Do you have any plans for...

Looking great! Do you have any plans for livestock or is it going to be plants only?
Forum: Tank Journals 03-01-2013, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
No, the Java Fern is attached to the bottom of...

No, the Java Fern is attached to the bottom of the piece of driftwood. The roots like to dig down into the substrate to hold on, but the rhizome is all above the substrate. The updated pics tonight...
Forum: Tank Journals 03-01-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,041
Posted By defender.TX
It's actually coming along quite well! I keep...

It's actually coming along quite well! I keep meaning to post new pictures. When I get home from work tonight I'll take some updated pics of the tank.

A preview of some of the changes:

Moved...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-27-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 728
Posted By defender.TX
Honestly, I would just get one of the decorations...

Honestly, I would just get one of the decorations that Fluval makes to go in the Chi. They have plastic (maybe silk, not sure) plants and look generally nice. Honestly, if this is a gift for your mom...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-27-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By defender.TX
I don't think the spectrum on that light is...

I don't think the spectrum on that light is optimal for plants. Also, the shrimp might enjoy some places to hide (driftwood, rocks). Other than that, looking good.
Forum: Tank Journals 02-18-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,801
Posted By defender.TX
Man I'm jealous of those two tanks. I didn't see...

Man I'm jealous of those two tanks. I didn't see it mentioned, what substrate are you using?
Forum: Tank Journals 02-14-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 19,593
Posted By defender.TX
I really love that wood. Makes the tank look...

I really love that wood. Makes the tank look larger than it is, in my opinion. What about putting the overflow box on the opposite side of the tank from the driftwood (left side looking at it). I'm...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 02-14-2013, 12:58 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,921
Posted By defender.TX
Wow that bulb looks way better! Love it.

Wow that bulb looks way better! Love it.
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