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Old 09-14-2012, 10:17 PM   #421
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Great looking tank. I enjoyed reading the entire thread.

For the T5 light, I would have recommended ATI, they are the best T5 lights you can buy and would match the ADA style perfectly, they are something you would see on a "spaceship" lol. You see, I came from saltwater and looked into T5 lighting, Tek does not get much love, the ATI reflector and quality are regarded as vastly superior, one major difference is the lack of fans in the Tek which result in a much reduced lifespan of the fixture. For quality and reliability ATI is the T5 fixture to get. a 4 bulb 36-48 inch would have been plenty, and is what many SPS reef keepers would use.
Coming from saltwater I also have a lot of experience regarding sumps, personally if I were using a HOB siphon I would have gone Lite reef or drill the tank, they have not failed in 25 years, the CPR could very well fail and flood your house. I would also have recommended a trigger systems sump/wet/dry + sicce/eheim return pump imho.
Oh trust me, I know all about ATI's. I visit Tom Barr's house all the time and he is running these bad boys. I've seen first hand the light ATI's can produce and the control you have over each bank of lights is just ridiculous. As far as drilling the tank..... I'm not ready nor will I ever be. The thought of drilling a $700 tank just scares the ____ out of me.

Thanks for checking out my thread. This tank and I have come a long way. I'll take an updated FTS. The coppers and reds have just popped with the new light.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:24 PM   #422
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Jose would drill it for you. He's done a few now - successfully. Just say'n. As long as it's not 'tempered' glass (I believe that is a no-no).
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:52 PM   #423
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Jose would drill it for you. He's done a few now - successfully. Just say'n. As long as it's not 'tempered' glass (I believe that is a no-no).
I know it's not tempered, but I'm still not drillin'. I just can't do it
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:25 AM   #424
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Oh trust me, I know all about ATI's. I visit Tom Barr's house all the time and he is running these bad boys. I've seen first hand the light ATI's can produce and the control you have over each bank of lights is just ridiculous. As far as drilling the tank..... I'm not ready nor will I ever be. The thought of drilling a $700 tank just scares the ____ out of me.

Thanks for checking out my thread. This tank and I have come a long way. I'll take an updated FTS. The coppers and reds have just popped with the new light.
The Rotala issue: CO2.

I managed to add them to the 180, no melt/decay.

Need to fix the 120 to do the same, rummies are going out also.
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The Rotala issue: CO2.

I managed to add them to the 180, no melt/decay.

Need to fix the 120 to do the same, rummies are going out also.
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Tom - sent you a PM about the rummies...
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:41 AM   #426
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Oh trust me, I know all about ATI's. I visit Tom Barr's house all the time and he is running these bad boys. I've seen first hand the light ATI's can produce and the control you have over each bank of lights is just ridiculous. As far as drilling the tank..... I'm not ready nor will I ever be. The thought of drilling a $700 tank just scares the ____ out of me.

Thanks for checking out my thread. This tank and I have come a long way. I'll take an updated FTS. The coppers and reds have just popped with the new light.
I don't blame you for not drilling that beautiful glass, neither would I.
I think there is a model with a built in overflow.

Your discus were great, you sold them because they can't live in darker substrate?
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:26 PM   #427
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It's been a long time and lots have changed.

FTS as of 11/19.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:24 AM   #428
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You've done a lot with your tank. The first scape was great, the next scape was amazing and now I am curious what you will be doing next since the last picture is much different.
Did you ever catch that rummynose with dropsy? Or what ended up happening? Just curious.

Great thread BTW
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:55 PM   #429
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The new hard scape looks awesome. What is the green plant in the back?
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #430
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That is Rotata sp. Green
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #431
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You've done a lot with your tank. The first scape was great, the next scape was amazing and now I am curious what you will be doing next since the last picture is much different.
Did you ever catch that rummynose with dropsy? Or what ended up happening? Just curious.

Great thread BTW
Thanks for the great comments. I'm really liking this new layout and once the ET fills in, it will look great again. I wasn't able to catch that fish and I'm unsure what happened to him. One day he was there all fat and the next I couldn't tell if he was gone or back to normal. I have lost about 30 rummynose due to jumping. Either I had to many in the tank or..... For some reason they would always jump out right when the light turn off. Maybe from bright to dark quick scares them. I know others who were keeping these guys with dimmers on their lights and they were not having the same problem.

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The new hard scape looks awesome. What is the green plant in the back?
Thank you. It just plan ole' Rotala green.

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:28 PM   #432
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Current plant list..

Rotala Green, back left corner
P. Palustris (Mermaid Weed), Just to the right of the r. green
ludwigia "red", in front of the r. green
Crypt parva, left front foreground
fissidens fontanus, moss on various wood branches
elatine triandra, center and right foreground
crypt nurii "pantang", far right corner
HC, far right corner (around crypt nurii "pantang")
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:15 AM   #433
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Small update.

The HC was uprooted by shrimp or the corys. I have more in a grow out tank so I can add that back later if wanted. The ET is spreading nicely. C nurii I got from nick is growing nicely. Other than a hack to the r green and l red, not much new. Here is a updated fts. Sorry for the phone pic.



Kind of a cool pic of some mermaid weed.

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Awesome, this is screaming with potential. Can't wait to see it grown in.
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Awesome, this is screaming with potential. Can't wait to see it grown in.
Me as well!
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