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Old 02-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #31
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Very nice!

More pics of your new light, please!
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Very nice!

More pics of your new light, please!
as requested....


Compared to the Aquaticlife T5HO



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Old 02-04-2014, 10:41 PM   #33
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Looking very nice! I am about to start a 20g long as well, 100% eco as well, with HC and maybe DHG, not sure yet. Did you DSM that HC or just toss it in?
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:23 PM   #34
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Looking very nice! I am about to start a 20g long as well, 100% eco as well, with HC and maybe DHG, not sure yet. Did you DSM that HC or just toss it in?
Just tossed it in. I believe it was grown emersed so there was some initial die back, but it's really taking off now. My cardinals look like they have ich so I had to crank the heat up a bit. Nothing I haven't dealt with before though.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:12 AM   #35
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I looked at the most recent pictures and thought, wow that sure is a lot of light.... LOL
Any reason you went with the finnex one and not current+ satellites?
What kind of algae is that green stuff? Are you not worried about it because it's still a young tank?
It's looking good though! When I started my tank I was thinking of something like this where it'd be mostly foreground stuff but collectoritis + the depth of the tank led to me going plant happy haha.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:31 AM   #36
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I looked at the most recent pictures and thought, wow that sure is a lot of light.... LOL
Any reason you went with the finnex one and not current+ satellites?
What kind of algae is that green stuff? Are you not worried about it because it's still a young tank?
It's looking good though! When I started my tank I was thinking of something like this where it'd be mostly foreground stuff but collectoritis + the depth of the tank led to me going plant happy haha.
That's exactly what I usually do....go buck wild with plants lol. I controlled myself this time around and decided to go mostly foreground and mid ground plants; not my usual forte. I think I'm going to add some hygro pinnitifida as my one and only stem plant. As for the algae; I'm not too concerned about it. It's very mild green algae only growing the the rocks and glass. It's a new tank so I find this normal considering experience with my previous setups. Once everything starts filling in and my plant mass increases, it usually dies off and becomes non existent. My co2 is pumping like crazy and all the plants are growing fast and pearling so I can't complain. As for the light; I went with the finnex because of the consensus on this forum. Did a little research h and just decided to roll with it. It looks great and I'm hoping to get good results with it.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:33 AM   #37
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Tank is looking good.. plants look healthy. Nice new light too! Following
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Thanks Brian!
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:44 PM   #39
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Thank you, sir! Looks very nice...

Am expecting my 20" Planted+ to be on the mat when I get home after work tonight!
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Thank you, sir! Looks very nice...

Am expecting my 20" Planted+ to be on the mat when I get home after work tonight!
Awesome. Let me know what you think of it!
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:05 AM   #41
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Real quick update. Decided to cut the photoperiod to 8 hrs for a few weeks until the plant mass increases a bit. Adding zero stem plants off the bat is a new method to me. The planted+ fixture is a little bit more intense than I thought
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:51 PM   #42
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Got some really nice pieces of seiryu stone today so I redid my hardscape





Let me know what you guys think! I think it looks 1000x better than before. How did I do on stone placement?
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I like it... it does look way better. Those are some nice looking stones with a lot of character. Good job.
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I like it... it does look way better. Those are some nice looking stones with a lot of character. Good job.
Thanks Brian. Yeah I feel I got really lucky and got some nicer stones. Can't wait for the HC to fill in along the stones. If I remember correctly....I'm pretty sure I got the HC from you
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Haha..yup. They were grown immersed so they're taking well to your tank. I like how fast they're growing. You should stick some substrate barriers between the HC and DHG though. That DHG will shoot runners in to that HC. You'll have a mixed mess on your hands and it would be tough to separate later.
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