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Old 06-14-2012, 05:20 PM   #61
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I'm curious, what made you go from the metal halide/fluorescent combo to T5?
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:48 PM   #62
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I wanted to try T-5 mostly. Also the single MH is not ideal for a 36" tank. The Fishneedit light was so cheap that I was willing to take a gamble.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:57 PM   #63
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I wanted to try T-5 mostly. Also the single MH is not ideal for a 36" tank. The Fishneedit light was so cheap that I was willing to take a gamble.
I've always been a bit tempted to try T5 myself due to the volatile nature of MH, but I'm too attached to the shimmer. Nowadays if I had to try anything else it'd be LED, still has the shimmer of MH but lacks the heat. Also, I've consistently been skeptical about those fishneedit fixtures, I would not be surprised if you were right about the bulbs in it. I know they're not bad fixtures because I've never really heard complaints about them, and Barr loves his fishneedit MH, but I feel if they wanted to cut corners to get those low prices, it'd probably be on the bulbs. Pure speculation

And at 12" off the surface, especially with the flourescents, that fixture should be OK for 36" IMO. Grand solar I is pretty much the same exact thing, and what amano uses on all his 90P's, 90H's are another story though. It's really when you get to salt water that halides need to be used for 24" and not much more. If you can't turn it around with the T5 I'd consider giving the old fixture a chance, if the T5 isn't doing it you don't have anything to lose in trying.

My tank is 30" and I have no problem getting the corners high amounts of light even with the 150w MH at 8" above the surface, and thats without the fluorescents. Right now it's 11" off the surface until things have settled in.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:02 AM   #64
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I'm new to all this.... Was wondering around how much did it cost for your set up?
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:34 PM   #65
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Too much Maki.

Well I have dropped crappy fishneedit light to 2" from water surface, sharply increased co2 addition, and reduced surface agitation to a slight ripple.

I have been rewarded with increased growth, tons of pearling, and a nice thick surface scum.

Things are looking up.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:51 AM   #66
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Too much Maki.

Well I have dropped crappy fishneedit light to 2" from water surface, sharply increased co2 addition, and reduced surface agitation to a slight ripple.

I have been rewarded with increased growth, tons of pearling, and a nice thick surface scum.

Things are looking up.
Glad to hear it! Would love some pics, regardless of if it's just a cultivation tank
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:13 AM   #67
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No full tank shots at this time
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:09 AM   #68
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Just dropped the hammer on Giesemann bulbs!
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Well, so how goes it!? Don't keep us in suspense, lol. That teaser photo of that red (renikii?) was nice. I hear you about taking a break. My new tanks is going to be loooowww maintenance. I've been doing this too long - my initial fiery excitement ended years ago, now I'm just happy watching things slowly progress. Is that hobbyist maturity talking I wonder? lol.
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Bulbs won't be here until Friday. The photo was taken with only the plant bulbs on as you can clearly see from my hand.
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Bulbs won't be here until Friday. The photo was taken with only the plant bulbs on as you can clearly see from my hand.
Gotcha. Looking forward to the next set of FTS!
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Giesemann bulbs are in. In this photo you can see top to bottom; Fishneedit plant bulb, 6500K, Giesemann Aquaflora, and Midday Sun.

The Aquafloras are not nearly as pink as I thought they would be. Overall, it's a definite improvement in color balance with two each of the Giesemann bulbs. I wish I had gone with my initial thoughts of 3 Aquafloras and one Midday though.
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Giesemann bulbs are in. In this photo you can see top to bottom; Fishneedit plant bulb, 6500K, Giesemann Aquaflora, and Midday Sun.

The Aquafloras are not nearly as pink as I thought they would be. Overall, it's a definite improvement in color balance with two each of the Giesemann bulbs. I wish I had gone with my initial thoughts of 3 Aquafloras and one Midday though.
Fascinating. Why exactly? I love the 6500k - why wouldn't you use an alternating 6500k/Midday sun or is that just redundant in terms of kelvin temp?
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I wanted to work on reds so I plan on using the 2x2 combo for the time being. Another Aquaflora would have been nice I think.
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Power was out here for 30 hours and my beautiful crypts I have been growing for months have melted to nothing. ;(
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