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Old 11-21-2012, 02:52 PM   #91
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In low PH total ammonia isn't a problem / API test/. Only free ammonia can kill shrimps. You need Seachem Ammonia test kit in order to test it. Probably you are ready to go with the shrimps.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:59 AM   #92
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In low PH total ammonia isn't a problem / API test/. Only free ammonia can kill shrimps. You need Seachem Ammonia test kit in order to test it. Probably you are ready to go with the shrimps.
Yeah, I'll probably be adding some shrimp this weekend when I'm back from visiting all my family in New Jersey.

The original shrimp I threw in there is still going strong.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:01 AM   #93
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Good news. AquaForestAquarium emailed me a return label and they have also mailed the correct mat which should be arriving soon. These guys are awesome and work very fast, especially when it comes to correcting a mistake.
The turnaround time by AquaForestAquarium was great. They normally ship parcel post but they sent out my replacement mat through Priority Mail so I received it in 2 days. They didn't even wait for me to ship back the incorrect one which was nice. Highly recommend these guys.

New mat that showed up today.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:00 PM   #94
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How's the Fissidens working out in the new tank so far?
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:45 PM   #95
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How's the Fissidens working out in the new tank so far?
So far so good....it actually looks perfectly green and healthy. I have been leaving the CFL lighbulb on it overnight and then a few hours after work. My LED lights should be coming tomorrow so I'll take some pics once installed.

I did a 10 ml hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water dip....the fissidens was not affected. All the scuds and snails dropped off after 10 minutes. I didn't realize how many scuds were actually hiding in there since I washed it out pretty precisely.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #96
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UPDATE:

Some goodies arrived today.....RAY 2 LED Light, low PH kit and purigen bag which will be installed next time I clean the filter (should be a few months). The PH is hovering around 5.2-5.4 (a bit low but I'll run with it).



Here are some random pics I shot with my iphone once the RAY 2 has been installed:







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Old 11-23-2012, 08:53 PM   #97
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And here is the difference between T5 lights and the LED (bottom). The LED looks much more natural.

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #98
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nice comparison. im afraid to ask. how does the rayII compare with the cfl's in the clamp light. im asking because i have several over the glass canopy of my tanks.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #99
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nice comparison. im afraid to ask. how does the rayII compare with the cfl's in the clamp light. im asking because i have several over the glass canopy of my tanks.
I'm not really sure since I only had one CFL bulb directed at the moss. Not much light was given off.

If I had to make a recommendation I would say go with the RAY2....hands down the best light I've seen in person. It actually compares to the AquaSky except that it's about 1/5th the price.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:50 PM   #100
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absolutely going RayII! My 20g high aquarium currently runs (3) 26w cfls at the moment... it was a temp solution that is going on 8 months now. Other things like CO2 equipment, new tanks, new filters and other things keep derailing me on getting these lights sorted out. This hobby is the real money pit... not the house
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I have had a ray II for awhile. Love it. Adding more. Good choice
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The fissidens looks superb, but you might want to either raise the light or move the fissidens lower because the par is very high right under the fixture. And the fissidens could catch some bad algae
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:47 PM   #103
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The fissidens looks superb, but you might want to either raise the light or move the fissidens lower because the par is very high right under the fixture. And the fissidens could catch some bad algae
I only plan on having the light on maybe 4 hours max a day so this shouldn't be an issue. I pretty much only have have my tank lights on when I'm home after work.

It actually grew the same way in my other tank with the T5 lights. I basically moved the entire branch without touching the fissidens aside from a hydrogen peroxide dip.

On a side note, I might actually trim that branch so all the floaters are getting stuck on the fissidens and that's starting to annoy me.

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Old 11-24-2012, 12:34 AM   #104
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Purchased yet another item out of sheer boredom. I couldn't justify paying 100+ dollars for ADA lily pipes so I went with knockoffs from Asia. Should be here in 2 weeks but I am unsure of the quality so I'll eventually review it on here. The green tubes from my Eheim were starting to bother me so these knockoffs will be a huge improvement.

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Old 11-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #105
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And one last update for tonight before I head out for the bars....

Decided to drop one of my "born in the USA" ebitens. No acclimation, no drip method...just plopped it in. I have about 20 more waiting to be transferred if this one survives a few days.

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