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Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-29-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,032
Posted By dundee
I highly recommend Diana Walstad's book and...

I highly recommend Diana Walstad's book and method. See the link in my signature for details.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 02-27-2012, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,062
Posted By dundee
Hoppy was referring to this light: ...

Hoppy was referring to this light:

http://www.fishtanksdirect.com/24inchcoralifeaqualightduallinearstript5aquariumlightingfixture2bulb-1.aspx

It's now rebranded as Aqueon.
Forum: Lighting 02-13-2012, 02:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By dundee
A 29 gallon is 30" and most t8 fixtures for 29...

A 29 gallon is 30" and most t8 fixtures for 29 gallon tanks take 24" bulbs.

I use 6500K Philips bulbs from Home Depot mixed with 8000K Aqueon bulbs.

The Philips bulbs cost ~$3.50

The Aqueon...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-09-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,057
Posted By dundee
Here are some older pics I took during the setup...

Here are some older pics I took during the setup process. I have more I'll post later.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-09-2012, 03:46 AM
Replies: 551
Views: 58,364
Posted By dundee
I used two bags of MGOPM (8 dry quart bags) for...

I used two bags of MGOPM (8 dry quart bags) for my 55 gallon. That's a 48" x 13" footprint. That gave me about 1" of soil. I would suggest using two bags for a slightly thicker layer in your tank.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-07-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 551
Views: 58,364
Posted By dundee
Hey I finally have fish, plants and dirt in my...

Hey I finally have fish, plants and dirt in my tank! Check out the update:

Walstad 55 Update...
Forum: Tank Journals 01-07-2012, 06:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,057
Posted By dundee
Surprise!

Surprise! You guys probably gave up on me... but I've been working in the shadows. I've done quite a bit of work on the tank.

The tank has been running since around October 1st. I just added the...
Forum: Lighting 10-17-2011, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By dundee
T8 lights are used all over the place. They'll be...

T8 lights are used all over the place. They'll be around for a while. At least another 10 years. Think of all the office buildings running T8 lighting... I wouldn't worry about it.
Forum: Lighting 10-11-2011, 06:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 781
Posted By dundee
If you black out the reflector try to do it in a...

If you black out the reflector try to do it in a non-permanent manner. You could cover the reflector with tape. Also, use tape that does not leave residue when you pull it off.

Just try not to...
Forum: Lighting 10-10-2011, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 781
Posted By dundee
Unfortunately, you can't just change the bulb for...

Unfortunately, you can't just change the bulb for lower power. That fixture will always try to drive 54w through whatever tube you put in it.

You could try covering or painting the reflectors...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-09-2011, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 674
Posted By dundee
Oh you have a 55 gallon. I use the Aqueon Triple...

Oh you have a 55 gallon. I use the Aqueon Triple Tube on mine. The info above still applies though. All of those fixtures are available in 4 foot.

Since your light fixture will be covered the shop...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-09-2011, 08:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 674
Posted By dundee
36" length * 18" depth * 18" height - Aqueon...

36" length * 18" depth * 18" height

- Aqueon Twin Tube (Nice reflector for a T8 fixture) http://ebayc.us/10911573

- Coralife/Aqueon Dual T5 (T5NO) - I just bought one of these. Good light. Nice...
Forum: Lighting 10-09-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By dundee
Two T5HOs with good reflectors will give you...

Two T5HOs with good reflectors will give you medium light.

What are the other dimensions of the tank?
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-07-2011, 04:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By dundee
A 20H is 24" long and 16.75" deep. You'll...

A 20H is 24" long and 16.75" deep.

You'll want a 24" fixture. Most 24" T8 fixtures take 18" bulbs like yours.

One T8 or T5NO on top on the glass would be low light.
Two T8s or T5NOs would be...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-07-2011, 03:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By dundee
A 20L is 30" long and 12" deep. You'll want...

A 20L is 30" long and 12" deep.

You'll want a 30" fixture. Most 30" fixtures take 24" bulbs.

One T8 or T5NO on top on the glass would be low light.
Two T8s or T5NOs would be medium light.
...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-06-2011, 08:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,028
Posted By dundee
what length T8? 20 high? 20 long? Need...

what length T8?
20 high?
20 long?

Need more input! (In Johnny 5 voice)
Forum: Lighting 10-06-2011, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,011
Posted By dundee
No you cannot. The wattage is set by the ballast....

No you cannot. The wattage is set by the ballast.

Why are you unhappy with the fixture? Remember more light is not always a good thing.

What size tank are you using? Are you using CO2?
Forum: Low Tech Forum 10-05-2011, 09:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By dundee
55G w/ 3x32w T8s (Aqueon Triple Tube w/ single...

55G w/ 3x32w T8s (Aqueon Triple Tube w/ single mirror reflector)

29G w/ 2x17w T8s (Aqueon Twin Tube)

5.5G w/ 1x10w CFL (Perfecto incandescent strip. Will add a DIY reflector later)
Forum: Lighting 10-05-2011, 09:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 801
Posted By dundee
Algae Farm :wink:

Algae Farm :wink:
Forum: Lighting 10-05-2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 801
Posted By dundee
Well, according to Hoppy's chart you should be...

Well, according to Hoppy's chart you should be around medium/low lighting which is just about the perfect level in my opinion.
Forum: Lighting 10-05-2011, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 312
Posted By dundee
What about a 4ft shop light? It's really cheap...

What about a 4ft shop light? It's really cheap and you can grow plants with it. Some have better reflectors than others. Do some searching on here and you can find some good suggestions.

You can...
Forum: Lighting 10-05-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 801
Posted By dundee
Jeez. Don't do me any favors. I'm just trying to...

Jeez. Don't do me any favors. I'm just trying to help you.

Do you want high light and high maintenance? Or do you want low light and low maintenance? That's your decision.
Forum: Lighting 10-05-2011, 03:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 801
Posted By dundee
Ok then buy the Odyssea, but be prepared to hang...

Ok then buy the Odyssea, but be prepared to hang it about 8 to 12 inches above the tank.

With the Aqueon dual T5NO you can just place it on top on the glass.

Your choice.
Forum: Lighting 10-04-2011, 10:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 801
Posted By dundee
With DIY CO2 it's a hard call. Are you going to...

With DIY CO2 it's a hard call. Are you going to switch to pressurized CO2 later? If so the Odyssea dual T5HO fixture could be OK.

Even with pressured CO2 you might be better off with lower light....
Forum: Lighting 10-03-2011, 03:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By dundee
The 8000K bulbs it comes with are actually pretty...

The 8000K bulbs it comes with are actually pretty good. I'm currently running a mix of 6500K, 8000K, 5500K. (I bought some 5500K and 6500K Philips bulbs from Home Depot.)

The spectrum is is more...
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