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Forum: Lighting 09-04-2008, 05:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
The lower K bulbs I tried (5,200 and 6,500) were...

The lower K bulbs I tried (5,200 and 6,500) were both too yellow-green for my taste, but the 10K has a sort of sickly blue tint that is equally off-putting to me. I would describe the 8K as slightly...
Forum: Lighting 09-04-2008, 06:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
I am slow. However, I finally built the housing...

I am slow. However, I finally built the housing for my MH rig and test-fired the various bulbs I have kicking around. I like to build things, and I like keeping planted tanks on a shoestring, but the...
Forum: Lighting 08-22-2008, 10:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
They are here and looking great. I'm excited...

They are here and looking great. I'm excited about that 6500K for sure. I have left you feedback on the deal. Thanks again, Roybot. I'll update this thread with some results shortly.
Forum: Lighting 08-22-2008, 06:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
OK, I thought the 6500K bulb you had was this...

OK, I thought the 6500K bulb you had was this Watergrass bulb (http://watergrass.net/en/details.php?pid=380&cat=2). That's cool. Maybe I should find another inexpensive 10,000K to compare to the...
Forum: Lighting 08-22-2008, 04:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
Straight from the horse's mouth -- that's pretty...

Straight from the horse's mouth -- that's pretty hard to beat, Roybot. And what do you know, the bulb life is listed as 8000K for whatever reason.

This bulb...
Forum: Lighting 08-20-2008, 08:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
Thanks for the link, Left C. The specs and price...

Thanks for the link, Left C. The specs and price on that bulb look ideal. Do you have an experience with it?
Forum: Lighting 08-20-2008, 04:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
Thanks for the feedback, Roybot. PM sent. I...

Thanks for the feedback, Roybot. PM sent.

I was hoping someone on the board had tried out the Watergrass bulbs. In this price range, I expect less then stellar color rendition, but I would like...
Forum: Lighting 08-20-2008, 12:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
Thanks a million, Tom. This is just the kind of...

Thanks a million, Tom. This is just the kind of lead I needed. I have ordered from Arthur's eBay store in the past, no complaints. I'll drop him a line and see what he can do. The Watergrass bulbs...
Forum: Lighting 08-20-2008, 12:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,264
Posted By mette
Looking for 70w MH bulbs -- Updated: cheap bulb comparison pics

Hi folks. I need new bulbs for my double-ended 70w MH lamps, and I'd like to find some in the 5000K to 8000K range. I'd also really like to spend less than $50 apiece, but that might be pushing it. I...
Forum: Lighting 08-19-2008, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By mette
Nice tank, Dave. There are a lot of great plant...

Nice tank, Dave. There are a lot of great plant species available to folks running plain old T12 bulbs. I'm cutting back from the current 220w of PC over my 75 in favor of 140w MH. Nothing wrong with...
Forum: Lighting 08-19-2008, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By mette
Those are some pretty cheap bulbs. I have not...

Those are some pretty cheap bulbs. I have not used this seller, but have bought several cheap PC and MH bulbs on ebay. The 13w UVS bulb I got burned out in a matter of weeks, but some of the other PC...
Forum: Substrate 03-24-2008, 10:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,450
Posted By mette
I agree that any soil layer should be small...

I agree that any soil layer should be small and/or cut with whatever will make up the top layer. My last tank used a layered substrate -- a layer of equal parts soil, sand, and kitty litter under a...
Forum: Lighting 01-29-2008, 09:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 635
Posted By mette
Easier, but slightly more expensive: Order...

Easier, but slightly more expensive:

Order 3-diode "dome lights", already wired up with a resistor and behind a little plastic lens, from this site (http://autolumination.com/fixtures.htm).
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2008, 08:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 957
Posted By mette
Natives all the way. I have Enneacanthus...

Natives all the way. I have Enneacanthus chaetodon in my planted tank, they are awesome.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 01-29-2008, 08:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By mette
I can vouch for Lowcoaster and...

I can vouch for Lowcoaster and aquariumplants.com, both are reliable and have nice plants. I used aquaspotworld.com once with decent results also.

These days my favorite sources are collecting my...
Forum: DIY 01-13-2008, 04:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By mette
Switches would do it, but for me it needs to be...

Switches would do it, but for me it needs to be timers or nothing at all. I'll forget and end up with a hot tank and stressed fish. The fans are only 19dBA anyhow, probably quieter than my XP3s. The...
Forum: DIY 01-12-2008, 10:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By mette
Thanks for the detailed explanation, Swylie. It's...

Thanks for the detailed explanation, Swylie. It's a good point you make, too. I'm not sure which is less convenient - the huge bricks taking up all my power strips strip or fans running at night....
Forum: DIY 01-12-2008, 10:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By mette
Thanks a lot for the advice, Colin. I'm going to...

Thanks a lot for the advice, Colin. I'm going to wire up a brick with all four devices on it, and compare it to my existing rigs that are dedicated to either fans or LEDs. I'll post the results later...
Forum: DIY 01-12-2008, 09:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By mette
Two fans with a current rating of 0.13 AMP. Two...

Two fans with a current rating of 0.13 AMP. Two LED arrays, each has 3 diodes and one resistor. The arrays have an operational range of 10 - 15.8v and draw (is that the right term?) 60mA.

Thanks...
Forum: DIY 01-12-2008, 09:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 796
Posted By mette
DC power: mixing LEDs and fans

OK engineers, I've got some LED arrays (3 diode units with resistors from autolumination.com) and some PC fans in my hoods. I run a pair of each using two 12v 500mA DC transformers, moonlights one...
Forum: DIY 01-04-2008, 05:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By mette
I think teeth and weekly water changes are...

I think teeth and weekly water changes are probably enough insurance. Liquid doser helps, too.


That's the ticket. And on second thought a CO2 reactor on the outlet would be great.
Forum: DIY 01-04-2008, 02:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By mette
I had not, thanks for posting. That thing is...

I had not, thanks for posting. That thing is pretty awesome. I'm not sure why the design is as complicated as it is, however.

If I was going to run mine full time I would just build a halfway...
Forum: DIY 01-04-2008, 01:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By mette
Something like what ansbfish posted would be...

Something like what ansbfish posted would be better for continuous duty - I think teeth are the way to go. You could build the skimmer box out of black acrylic and replace the floss with a foam...
Forum: DIY 01-03-2008, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By mette
DIY surface extractor

So the surface scum on my 75 gallon was getting a little out of hand. Actually, scum in general is worse than I would like it, but one thing at a time. I whipped this up from stuff I had lying around...
Forum: Equipment 01-14-2007, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,228
Posted By mette
I had the blowoff valve go on a 5# tank in the...

I had the blowoff valve go on a 5# tank in the car on the way back from filling it. It took minute to catch my breath and get the carbonic acid taste out of my mouth, but if that's it. Also it froze...
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