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Old 02-11-2013, 05:36 AM   #91
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Long awaited dslr shot. No more glosso.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #92
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RIP Glosso.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:29 AM   #93
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Here is a diy cube tank ive had set up for a while. Barebottom, no c02.

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:55 AM   #94
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I'm rather proud of how well this photo turned out. Utilizing the custom white balance creates a great representation of how the tank looks to the naked eye.

Rotala is growing very slow... as is everything else. im considering upgrading my lighting to speed up and improve growth. my choices are between a fishneedit 150w MH, or adding another aquaticlife t5HO 2x 24watt. Any lighting input would be appreciated. I have heard good things about the MH fixture and figured it would be a solid choice.

Shrimp population hasn't been doing so well... getting random deaths here and there.

Here's the fts from tonight.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:19 PM   #95
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Looks very nice and healthy!


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Old 03-02-2013, 07:16 PM   #96
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Super cool!
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Very nice.

FWIW, I have been using a fishneedit t5 fixture for a year now with no issues. I can't speak for the MH fixture.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:38 PM   #98
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Your tanks are beautiful! They are very clean and the growth is very healthy! nice work.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:40 AM   #99
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Very nice.

FWIW, I have been using a fishneedit t5 fixture for a year now with no issues. I can't speak for the MH fixture.
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Your tanks are beautiful! They are very clean and the growth is very healthy! nice work.

Thanks for the kind words everyone. I've been drawn to the 24inch quad bulb t5 by fishneedit but after reading some negative reviews about it here on the forum I have been weary of it's quality. I realize the reflectors may not be HO but I am more concerned about the ballest's malfunctioning at some point. I've never owned a MH fixture but I understand I would have to put some distance between my improved lighting and the aquarium with whatever I choose, which would of course require the construction of a light stand. Simple enough, I've seen what everyone else has used and have been waiting to design something of my own.

With improved lighting I would like to switch out the crypts and java fern for stems of a variety. I want a lush background that i can trim and shape. Stems are easy to switch out and move around, the java fern and crypts are not. It's going to be a mess when I remove them, and a shame when I have no room in my barebottom tank for any more reject plants.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #100
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I've stumbled upon the lighting I'd like to purchase; the Hydrofarm Designer T5 4 tube system. Looks like a fair quality lght, with decent wide reflectors.

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Old 04-24-2013, 05:53 AM   #101
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:56 PM   #102
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Hay guyz,

Been a month since I have updated this thread, so I am stopping by to post a recent pic!
The tank is doing allright, since the last pic I have trimmed the plants quite a bit, mainly the HC. I had neglected the task long enough for the undergrowth to all die, leaving me with this patchy carpet you see here.



I was up too late last night browsing the forums when I decided to order a Finnex Ray II for this tank. I think it will promote plant growth, my t5HO is getting weak it seems.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:03 PM   #103
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The Finnex II is awesome I have it on my aquarium and it grows HC and Glosso very well. It also gives off much less heat than a MH or Fluor. fixture

Tank looks good!
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:54 AM   #104
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Here is a lousy picture of the tank right now. Stems were trimmed harshly on the day my new lighting arrived, almost two weeks ago. HC was trimmed just yesterday. Blyxa is taking off.

Unfortunately i did not increase the c02 initially and some BBA is appearing on lots of the slow growers and down low on the glass in the back of the tank. excel will be arriving ina few days to battle the outbreak.

The stems in the background were sold to me as rotala macandra, and they seem to only grow side shoots as opposed to pure vertical growth, they're growing awfully slow, even with an increase in light, c02, fert.
Perhaps they just need more time to recover from the trim... are there any tricks to growing this plant? It was very different looking when i first introduced it.

As of lately my CSM + B Plantex mix has grown moldy very quickly after mixing, even when i refrigerate it.... So I have not been dosing many micro nutrients aside from iron. This is likely contributing to the poor growth of my rotala.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:48 AM   #105
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Mix the CSM + B (you may also want to add some chleated iron to the mix for more iron-rich dosing) with some Excel (10~15% of your mixture should be fine). It stops the mold.
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