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Old 01-12-2011, 01:22 AM   #31
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that is true but I'm afraid that will be too dark. That's why I'm going to try this red and black handmade one. Hopefully it'll look cool if not it's no big loss. It's quite fun making these backgrounds. even if they are a pain.

I should be writing my Letters of Interest for some summer REUs and internships I plan on applying to but I prefer procrastination
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:31 AM   #32
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Hahahahaha fair enough! My only concern about a red and black background would be that it would make the tank too busy because it will contrast so much? But if they're fun to make then it's worth trying out

Good luck!

I'm supposed to be writing a 1 pager about my most recent lab rotation (I'm in grad school) instead, I'm on here so I know what you mean about procrastination
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:32 AM   #33
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I would like to see the red, I think it will really make everything come together.
However Karackle makes a good point.

I always try just sticking something (a piece of fabric, paper, whatever) that's the color I am considering behind the tank just to see how it would look. Just a suggestion.
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Yeah that's what I did. My dad suggested to me to try red (it was the only color piece of paper I didn't have other than brown and black). Lucky my best friend had some red paper.

I'll see how this looks and chose between the blue and red for now. I'll see if my suitemates like the other one and try and put it on the suite's aquarium. If there's something I can do that will prevent me from making progress towards my physics degree and my future then I want to do it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:03 AM   #35
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Hahaha, go do some homework!
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hahahahaha sounds like a plan!
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ADA aquasoil is really not THAT expensive, you can get a pretty big bag for under 30 bucks I think. Its worth the investment if you want to keep any plants and dont want the hassle of MTS
Also I really like Limo tint as a background. You can buy a kit at walmart that comes with a squeegee that makes it easy to apply, the squeegee can later be used to clean the glass, and it looks solid black as long as no light shines behind it, but you can see in from the back and if you want to remove it you can.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:47 AM   #38
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ADA aquasoil is really not THAT expensive, you can get a pretty big bag for under 30 bucks I think. Its worth the investment if you want to keep any plants and dont want the hassle of MTS
by MTS do you mean Malaysian Trumpet Snails or Multiple Tank Syndrome?
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:09 AM   #39
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by MTS do you mean Malaysian Trumpet Snails or Multiple Tank Syndrome?
Neither, Mineralized Top Soil... We need new abbreviations haha.
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Old 01-12-2011, 04:11 AM   #40
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Neither, Mineralized Top Soil... We need new abbreviations haha.
Lol ok thanks. I was wondering why none of those acronyms fit. I'm hesitant to use top soil because when I move my aquarium...to and from my dorm...i don't want to have to deal with a soggy mess. I'm going to the LPS in the next few days to look at some fancier substrates.
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:38 PM   #41
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I honestly think you should try doing planters, the way that hydrophyte always does it. That way, the soil/roots of each plant are in their own little "packages" and you don't have to worry about a soggy mess.
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(from www.tankplanters.com)

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Neither, Mineralized Top Soil... We need new abbreviations haha.
Hahaha I hate abbreviations for this very reason!
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Old 01-12-2011, 05:50 PM   #42
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that's a pretty cool idea. I'll think about that. I'm going to go get some ecocomplete anyway to switch out and I'll put this gravel into another 10 gallon being set up back at school

The only problem is that I want more of a ground coverage and the plant pots wont work too well with that...then again I don't have to put those plants in the pots. hmmmm

I was notified earlier that my Micro Sword (Brazilian version) is a high light plant. I'm guessing it won't do well in my setup but we will see. I can't remove it now because i haven nowhere else to put it.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:00 PM   #43
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Ah, yes I saw that about your Micro Sword. Maybe post it in the Swap section and someone would be willing to trade for a ow-light plant.

So you've decided to just set up two fish tanks and transfer the insides, or what?
Haha
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:06 PM   #44
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back in the beginning of december, before school let out, my suitemates and I were discussing setting up a tank. I told them I was definitely going to set one up for myself and I'd help out with another one for the common room.

One of my friends is bringing up an old 10 gallon he has (i tried to convince him to bring his 30 gallon but he didn't want to have to bring that back home at the end of the year...i don't blame him). So i guess we're going to set that up next.

I would post in the Swap section but I have no clue on how to ship plants so I don't want to screw anybody over.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:10 PM   #45
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Oh I see.
That's cool, I wouldn't blame him either my 30 gallon is a beast compared to my little 10 gallon.

Hahaha fair enough. Maybe your LFS would trade you for a low-light plant?
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