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Forum: Lighting 01-26-2008, 04:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,753
Posted By ruki
I'm all for being patient. We've been...

I'm all for being patient.

We've been victimized a bit by the lighting industry in how they market lighting products to us. It takes time to get past this to better understand how lighting...
Forum: Lighting 01-21-2008, 03:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,753
Posted By ruki
T5 and T5 HO are a standard originally adapted in...

T5 and T5 HO are a standard originally adapted in Europe. All of these bulbs have the same shape, end contact pins and very similar characteristics that one can look up and make reasonable...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-20-2008, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By ruki
Anubias might be worth trying. I have a couple...

Anubias might be worth trying. I have a couple of covered containers and aquariums where it does OK. Some varieties are easier than others, and those are the same ones that are hardy underwater......
Forum: Lighting 01-20-2008, 02:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,753
Posted By ruki
Both will work. I'm biased towards T5 HO...

Both will work.

I'm biased towards T5 HO since you can get more of the light they produce down into the aquarium. (it's the reflector and re-strike thing). Something like a TekLight fixture is...
Forum: DIY 01-13-2008, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,166
Posted By ruki
If I have the extra money, I use cedar...

If I have the extra money, I use cedar two-by-fours. These are much more water and insect resistant than ordinary pine boards. It's also somewhat lighter and is easier to make dato cuts with it.
...
Forum: Substrate 11-18-2007, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,265
Posted By ruki
Those are the macronutrient concentration. ...

Those are the macronutrient concentration. Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium.

These tabs make sense for swords, crypts and other plants that tend to form big roots to draw nourishment from the...
Forum: The Lounge & Introductions 11-18-2007, 05:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,349
Posted By ruki
This sounds like a spin-off of another joke. ...

This sounds like a spin-off of another joke.

Santa lands his sleigh in a red light district, and points out the ladies of the evening calling out "ho ho ho".

:P
Forum: Lighting 10-13-2007, 03:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,069
Posted By ruki
Please post pics. I've been thinking of doing...

Please post pics. I've been thinking of doing this, but in my head, it resulted in an ugly, bulkier fixture. Someone out there may come up with a really smart way of doing this I hope.
Forum: Lighting 09-30-2007, 01:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,069
Posted By ruki
The coralife fixture is too small to fit an...

The coralife fixture is too small to fit an optimum reflector. It's not deep enough and not wide enough. (You have to separate the bulbs enough to put a reflector between them to eliminate them...
Forum: Lighting 09-29-2007, 02:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,069
Posted By ruki
Still, I would really love to see something like...

Still, I would really love to see something like the Coralife strip light with a high efficiency reflector. If anyone knows where to get something like this, please let me know.
Forum: Lighting 09-29-2007, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
Posted By ruki
I hacked a single-tube linear 48 inch fixture so...

I hacked a single-tube linear 48 inch fixture so I could evaluate tubes with a WorkHorse WH5 ballast. I got three high voltage toggle switches so I could switch between NO, 2xOD, 3xOD and 4xOD. ...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-23-2007, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 709
Posted By ruki
I did search for Aqua Forest and didn't find the...

I did search for Aqua Forest and didn't find the vendor. Could someone tell me their web site?
Forum: Lighting 09-23-2007, 02:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 904
Posted By ruki
There are a couple of vendors now making such...

There are a couple of vendors now making such high power LEDs. They have white ones which are something like 6500K.

The DIY article is here ->...
Forum: Lighting 09-23-2007, 02:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,069
Posted By ruki
I use several Coralife T5 NO fixtures. Three...

I use several Coralife T5 NO fixtures. Three reasons:

(1) It doesn't use much electricity and my monthly bill is high enough with all my planted tanks.

(2) It doesn't produce much heat. I have...
Forum: Lighting 09-23-2007, 02:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
Posted By ruki
I'll add my two cents on this, since I can be...

I'll add my two cents on this, since I can be fanatical about this subject. :)

With a good electronic ballast, one should be able to interchange T6, T8, T10, T12 without issues. Magnetic...
Forum: Lighting 09-23-2007, 01:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 904
Posted By ruki
Yes, all LEDs are different. Recently available...

Yes, all LEDs are different. Recently available are some that put out about 150 lumens per watt. There was someone on Aquatic Plant Central that posted his LED lighting project in their DIY...
Forum: Lighting 09-09-2007, 04:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,518
Posted By ruki
CF is something of a "luxury" light. It produces...

CF is something of a "luxury" light. It produces a beautiful shimmer in the water since it's more of a point source. Linear tubes with a good reflector provide a nice "boring" uniform light that I...
Forum: Lighting 09-09-2007, 03:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,518
Posted By ruki
I know of three flavors of T5 lighting: (1)...

I know of three flavors of T5 lighting:

(1) The ancient crappy linear T5 NO lamps. You see these in some of the small aquarium fixtures. I think some of the newer lamps in this size should be...
Forum: Lighting 09-03-2007, 03:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 782
Posted By ruki
That's a good option instead of getting a big...

That's a good option instead of getting a big bucks fixture.

I used a yard light with a bell shaped reflector that I painted with silver paint. The same general idea, but this one is more...
Forum: Lighting 09-03-2007, 03:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,518
Posted By ruki
I'm a big fan of linear bulbs for 48 inch tanks. ...

I'm a big fan of linear bulbs for 48 inch tanks. The reflector works better and the bulbs are more standard than CF with all the end-cap options.

I have a T5 HO TekLight with that wattage. It's...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 09-03-2007, 02:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,102
Posted By ruki
re: airlift filter through moss. I think you...

re: airlift filter through moss.

I think you can go a step farther and just skip an artificial filter, if you carefully monitor your water and have enough plants to consume the nitrogen released...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 08-30-2007, 02:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By ruki
It doesn't have too many twists in the leaves,...

It doesn't have too many twists in the leaves, but I'll see what tropica says about their val varieties.
Forum: Lighting 08-26-2007, 03:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 939
Posted By ruki
Well, they fail my "what do they have in T5"...

Well, they fail my "what do they have in T5" test.

Next vendor.

Although, some of their cold cathode bulbs look really interesting....
Forum: Lighting 08-26-2007, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By ruki
I've tried those tiny lights. Three of them...

I've tried those tiny lights. Three of them side-by-side didn't give very good light for me.

Keep in mind that efficiency really drops for small fluorescent tubes, so the WPG doesn't really scale...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks 08-26-2007, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By ruki
I picked up something sold as Pygmy vallisneria...

I picked up something sold as Pygmy vallisneria and it stays much smaller than the other varieties.

I haven't seen this described anywhere well. Is this the nana variety? I'm looking for the...
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