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Old 04-29-2013, 06:15 PM   #346
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I totally agree with you about cutting electrical costs. Just wondering if you really gain that much by switching to LED (again, assuming you are not reducing lighting levels).

$50/month is a lot! Assuming you pay ~10c/kWh, that would be 500 kWh, a savings of about 2000W per hour assuming 8 hours lighting period.

I have been pondering going solar too. With prices of panels dropping to really affordable levels, and various incentives, it does cut the ROI and makes a lot of sense.

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:32 PM   #347
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Have swapped 31 fixtures so far, most of them 36" T5HO. As a result, the AC is on less, using less energy to supply lighting, rarely even need a fan for the sensitive shrimp.

I think it's definitely worth it. Have swapped most of the T5NO fixtures for the cheapy modular LED systems, Finnex and some other/similar OEM units. Even using SMD adhesive lighting strips over some of my more shallow tanks.

No more buying replacement bulbs every 6-8mos. No idea what that's saving me. Probably $15 per tank? Some tanks $25ish. Don't even want to think about what I've spent on Giesman bulbs.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:42 PM   #348
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Have swapped 31 fixtures so far, most of them 36" T5HO. As a result, the AC is on less, using less energy to supply lighting, rarely even need a fan for the sensitive shrimp.

I think it's definitely worth it. Have swapped most of the T5NO fixtures for the cheapy modular LED systems, Finnex and some other/similar OEM units. Even using SMD adhesive lighting strips over some of my more shallow tanks.

No more buying replacement bulbs every 6-8mos. No idea what that's saving me. Probably $15 per tank? Some tanks $25ish. Don't even want to think about what I've spent on Giesman bulbs.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:42 PM   #349
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Will the new 20L ever finish the initial cycle process? Will there ever be a Nitrite reading?

The world may never know.
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:08 PM   #350
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After weeks of procrastination, I moved several Anubias nana specimens into the new 20L. Still have several plants to move over but want to reconfigure the moss layout first.

Not going for a fancy scaped look, just something clean and shrimp-friendly. It's a breeding tank that's generally out of view, so the simpler the better.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:02 PM   #351
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Will likely have to move some of this moss to another tank because it will be out-of-control soon enough:



Slowly moving Anubias over:



Even the breeder box moss is doing well:

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:37 AM   #352
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I just went through this whole thread from page 1... wow... wow........

Your tanks, shrimp, and food are amazing:O
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #353
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May I know what moss in the breeder box?
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:09 PM   #354
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Sure. Take a moment to read a few posts ahead of yours and you'll see.

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Old 05-10-2013, 01:16 PM   #355
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The latest tank was started on March 28. It's now May 10.

It's going to take another million years for ammonia to quit it in this batch of Aquasoil, apparently.

At least the shrimp will love it when they get to move in.

(Patience, patience, patience…)
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Just swapped out about 12 gallons of water (it's all I had mixed up at the time) to try to get ammonia levels to drop.

We'll see what happens over the next couple days.

Here's hoping!
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:21 PM   #357
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Did another 100% water change today and am still sitting at 0.25% Ammonia.

Gonna give it another two days to see what happens.

Something must be up with this batch of Aquasoil because all the cycling with my tanks the past few months is way outta whack.

P.S. to shrimp newbies: Don't let my impatience discourage you.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:57 PM   #358
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My aquasoil has not finished leaching yet either and it's been 3 weeks. How long does it normally take, in you experience? Since Ammonia isn't lethal at a low pH could one add livestock before it finished leaching?
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:25 AM   #359
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Usually takes 4-6 weeks.

Even if you can add livestock, I don't recommend it. Tanks are always happier and healthier when they're allowed to grow and age prior to adding livestock. Biofilm is nice - especially for shrimp.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #360
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After another 100% water change, I think Ammonia may be at zero!

New growth on the crypts is exciting:



Always love it when the colors pop out like that on new leaves.

Breeder box is doing well:



Hoping to move a bunch of PRLs over to the tank tonight or tomorrow if everything remains steady.
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