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Old 10-06-2012, 03:13 AM   #16
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I think 5/8"
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:00 AM   #17
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I did the measurements today. I went to home depot and purchased 10ft of 1/2 ID and 5/8OD clear tubing. It was 50cents per ft.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:50 PM   #18
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Oct 10 2012 Update Posted!

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:01 AM   #19
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Oct 15 2012 Update Posted!

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Old 10-17-2012, 12:42 AM   #20
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Coming along nicely it looks like.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:59 AM   #21
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Your tank is coming together nicely, such patience! I have a question as I am new to planted tanks, but what is the purpose of having the lily pipe on the filter output? Thanks
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:21 AM   #22
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Wow, great start and journal! Looking forward to seeing this beautiful tank progress!
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:40 AM   #23
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Thanks guys.

The Lily Pipes have several functions IMO

1. Cosmetics (especially in an ADA style tank)
2. Vortex - Because of the unique shape of the lily head it creates a whirlpool effect. The whirlpool acts as a skimmer; the whirlpool creates a suction causing surface oil to be pushed down and sucked into the filter.
3. Slow down flow- Because the lily head is so wide it allows water to flow out at a more gentle rate. (preventing uprooting)
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:45 AM   #24
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thank you! I think I will be trying one out for my future 15g shrimp tank then Does the placement matter? Like should it be near the surface of the water to help bring oxygen into the water, or does it matter? Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:59 PM   #25
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I prefer to have the lily pipes to be fully submerged because this allows the current to create the whirlpool effect. I would give it 2-5 cm below the water line. (from the top of the outflow)

Here is a diagram i drew for you.
Green -Outflow
Red- Inflow
Orange- Current
Blue - Co2 diffuser

As you can see with this set up, the movement of the water pushes the Co2 around the tank for a more effective diffusion.

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:54 PM   #26
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nice tank, should be great once its flooded
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:38 PM   #27
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I'v been watching your tank, it's really beautiful. I think it's very original in composition, and I look forward to seeing it flooded!
Btw, really appreciate the High res photos!
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:31 AM   #28
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Thanks guys! It's nice to know that someone out there likes my project.

I am super excited to flood the tank. Everyday I am thinking of taking off the saran wrap and pour in some water. It's hard to resist the temptation!

What kind of fish do you guys think i should put in ? I want a bunch of small school fishes. Nothing that is a jumper thou. Maybe Neon Tetras?

@Hayden - High res only !! Once you go HD you can't go back. just like my TV
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:47 PM   #29
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Have you considered some type of Rasabora? Maybe Boraras Brigittae, or Boraras Merah. If your not familiar with these species they're extremely small, also they're tight schoolers. They're my personal favorite.
I tried Neon's in my last tank, then went to Boraras Briggitae. The diference was astonishing- not only did the Boraras' colors naturally compliment plants much better (in my eyes), but they're small size gave an unbelievably better perspective to the tank. Neons were just too big for me! (especially with your relatively small hardscape.)
My two cents, what do others think?
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:02 PM   #30
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Great journal and VERY useful information to me. I just started my own journal and i chose to get a Fluval 106. So the discussion here on clear tubing size and an inexpensive source of glass lily pipes, both of which i need since in using the stock (ugly) ribbed Fluval tubing.

Anyway, can't wait to see your tank flooded with the filter equipment. I'll probably run out and follow suit (clear tubing and aquatic magic pipes) once i know everything works out for you.
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