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Old 05-22-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
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The Beginning 5/21/13:

The Aqueon 20 gallon long comes complete with a sifter and everything

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:12 AM   #2
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I removed the top rim for a more clean look.

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:15 AM   #3
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Coralife 36" T5HO Dual Fixture

x1 39w 6,700K Bulb
x1 39w Colormax Bulb

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:27 AM   #4
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x2 Bags of Topsoil

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x1 Bag of Black Diamond 20/40

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Old 05-22-2013, 12:41 AM   #5
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Dry Fertilizter: TPT Member nilocg $22

The SeaChem Flourish: Craigslist $15

Containers: Dollar Store $5

Measuring Glass: Dollar Store $1

Measuring Spoons: Ebay $5

Syringe: Target Pharmacy $0

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Old 05-22-2013, 01:01 AM   #6
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Default Pressurized Co2 System

Ya gotta have a pressurized Co2 system

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5lb Cylinder: Craigslist $50
Regulator, Solenoid, Needle Valve, & Bubble Counter: Craigslist $50
Stainless Steel Needle Valve: nilcog $7
Glass Drop Checker & 4oz 4dkh Fluid: nilcog $14
SeaChem Excel: Craigslist $10
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:51 AM   #7
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Looking good so far! keep up the good work!
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Instead of building my own stand from scratch, I am going to modify this rebuilt stand I picked up today. This stand is perfect because it will fit my canister, co2 system, and already has an inset for the bottom rim of my 20L.

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Old 05-23-2013, 11:18 PM   #9
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You might want to try Giesmann bulbs, they have a very good spectrum for plants:

http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/rep...t-gsm0003.html

http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/rep...t-gsm0035.html
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You might want to try Giesmann bulbs, they have a very good spectrum for plants:

http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/rep...t-gsm0003.html

http://www.reefgeek.com/lighting/rep...t-gsm0035.html
Never heard of them. I will look into Giesmann bulbs. Thanks.

Are coralife bulbs no good?
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:57 PM   #11
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Man I have a feeling this tank is gonna end up killer looking. +1 on giesemann bulbs they're great. You also can't go wrong with the GE starcoat 6500k bulbs. For the price they're unbeatable. They put out more par than almost any bulb in that category and they're dirt cheap.
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Man I have a feeling this tank is gonna end up killer looking. +1 on giesemann bulbs they're great. You also can't go wrong with the GE starcoat 6500k bulbs. For the price they're unbeatable. They put out more par than almost any bulb in that category and they're dirt cheap.
Great, thanks you two. Now you have me thinking about changing my bulbs. lol

I was thinking my bulbs were really good bulbs but maybe they aren't...
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They're not the WORST bulbs you can get and they certainly won't cause any harm. The GE bulbs just put out more par and cost alot less and the giesemann bulbs, while are fairly expensive are great looking as well. It's one of those things that you don't really notice until bulb change time. I'm a big fan of the "colormax" or the otherwise pink bulb. I think it does alot for the look of things. Not sure of its value to actual growing
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They're not the WORST bulbs you can get and they certainly won't cause any harm. The GE bulbs just put out more par and cost alot less and the giesemann bulbs, while are fairly expensive are great looking as well. It's one of those things that you don't really notice until bulb change time. I'm a big fan of the "colormax" or the otherwise pink bulb. I think it does alot for the look of things. Not sure of its value to actual growing
I am a fan of the colormax as well because it really makes reds pop, but after some research I found the spectrum of the colormax bulb doesn't do much for plants at all which makes it difficult to calculate the par on a tank.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:33 AM   #15
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While I am making MTS and modifying my stand stand. I am also trying to decide on a scape. There are so many to choose from which makes it hard to decide. I know for sure that I want to do the follow things:

1. Create a Dramatic Effect
2. Moss of DW
3. DSM HC or DHG or Both

I've been looking at other tanks here in journal sections and found some really good ideas. Getting excited
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