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Old 07-27-2011, 01:46 AM   #1
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20l finally w/ plants


this will be getting water tomorrow.

using MTS w/ pool filter sand.

still not 100% sure on my lighting situation though. Right now i have two 26w CFL's, which i'm fairly certain puts me into the high light area. Especially since my substrate is rather high! much higher than i thought it'd be

i don't have a serious flora and fauna list at this time.

however i am planning stargrass on the back side of the long stretch of the wood. some kind of vallisneria in the back left corner. not sure about a carpeting plant... i would love some sort of creeping plant to come out from the left through to the right ending short of the end of the long stretch of wood and then a carpet of something to fill in the rest.

i'm also tempted to move the wood over more towards the right to follow that whole golden ratio, but then i've got to fill in with more "something" to the left if the main stump.

this tank was originally going to be for my apisto from my 55 who wasnt doing so well with getting enough food due to the tiger barbs... but i sadly didnt get this tak started in time but i am still planning on picking up a pair of apisto for this tank when it's finished.

i am also considering hatchet fish, despite them being jumpers... so i was tempted to make a screen to go over top.

the lights are temporary... i need a more attractive solution, but i'll get there once i figure out my lighting requirements. i would love to do an LED light on the bottom of a shelving unit of some sort but i don't have the time or funds to build the system :/ would look much cleaner though.

i will probably run co2. i have another bottle and parts on the way to finish my second regulator to replace the Milwaukee on the 55, so this tank may get that single stage.

and now for the meager pictures





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Old 07-27-2011, 01:56 AM   #2
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Really neat piece of wood. I agree about moving it over right a bit it is a little far to the side, and maybe you could use some rocks or bushy stem plants to fill in the left area if it feels too open. I like how it's right under your TV, that's gonna be cool!
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:32 AM   #3
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Really neat piece of wood. I agree about moving it over right a bit it is a little far to the side, and maybe you could use some rocks or bushy stem plants to fill in the left area if it feels too open. I like how it's right under your TV, that's gonna be cool!
yeah, i've been going back and forth over it and moved it over and like it much better... no pics yet though. i'll have to look a bit harder at plants now to see what i want there.

I'll fill the tank tomorrow and get the sunsun set up w/ some media from the 55g and some drift wood w/ moss on it to get the bacteria going strong.

the wood came from an LFS, as soon as i saw it i knew i had to have it. $35 well spent!

The tv isnt even really done haha. I still need to run the wiring behind it and i would love to run an hdmi to it from a computer... or maybe build a small computer to wire to the network to run media through...
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:02 AM   #4
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Very nice wood!! Is it just me or does it not look like a scary face on the right side? LOL!
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:04 AM   #5
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Nice stump! That's a whole lot of light though. Each one of those lamps with 26w cfl's puts out 100+ par each. That's if they were directly above. Yours are slightly tilted so I'm not sure how that affects things. But I assume it's still a lot of light. Try the 14w cfl's first.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:06 PM   #6
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Nice stump! That's a whole lot of light though. Each one of those lamps with 26w cfl's puts out 100+ par each. That's if they were directly above. Yours are slightly tilted so I'm not sure how that affects things. But I assume it's still a lot of light. Try the 14w cfl's first.
i agree that its a lot of light. and i hate how it spreads. a single bulb at an angle on my 10g was enough light to keep things growing... but i think the plants ate all the nutrients due to fast growth and i lost an entire species

i'm going to take a look at some smaller t5ho units and see if i can get a smaller single bulb for high light and probably just move it up for some medium light till i get the co2 set up.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:31 PM   #7
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just a few more pictures. wood moved over slightly and filled with water and the sunsun flowing





and an "area shot"

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Looking good. That stump looks great. Good luck.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:28 PM   #9
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Dude! You and I had the same idea for lighting on the 20L xD

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Old 07-27-2011, 11:19 PM   #10
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That stump is horrible, ghastly even. I PM'ed you my address so you can ship it to me and no, I will not pay one thin dime in shipping for that awful piece of wood!! ;-)
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:42 PM   #11
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Something about lights that close to water scares me.

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Old 07-29-2011, 12:12 AM   #12
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soooo crap.

the stand isnt cutting it. it is bowing slightly in the center. there is about a 1mm separation from the bottom of the trim on the front and back in the center. As i said, it's very slight but i'm not going to trust this thing for long term placement.

so now most of the water is out... tomorrow i'm heading to lowes to pick up a shelf bracket... like this http://www.lowes.com/pd_48989-46882-...d|1&facetInfo= or http://www.lowes.com/pd_328625-28542...3D4&facetInfo= so i can spread more of the load to the legs since the tank is not sitting over the legs as is.

i'll also pick up another piece of wood sit on the current top to act as another top and get more wood on there to further spread the load out.

i'm not so concerned with this item of furniture giving since i had a 45g on it for years, i'm more concerned with unequal pressure on the glass. the stand isnt even meant for fish tanks... it's from pier 1 and is probably meant to handle a vase and some car keys lol.

so it'll get some reinforcing done and i'll be trying to get the top leveled out better tomorrow so i can fill it back up with water. sucks cause i just got done putting the stargrass in.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:45 PM   #13
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tank stand built and now in use. next up... lights and co2.
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:53 PM   #14
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Nice job on the stand! Now get back to work on that tank..
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:02 PM   #15
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Nice job on the stand! Now get back to work on that tank..
waiting on some 24v dc adapters for the mouse solenoid on my d/s unit... if i had that this tank would be getting shot full of co2. I have star grass in there now behind the long section of stump that was hit a little hard from sitting in still water for a week hoping it comes back strong.
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