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Old 01-11-2012, 05:08 PM   #31
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Grow faster.... RAWR!



I think i'm going to build my own stand, I contacted a few local cabinetry places and they wanted $300-500 for an ADA style cabinet which is ouch for me. I would not pay $500 for ANYTHING made of MDF. I could buy the tools and the supplies for 3 stands for that price.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:58 PM   #32
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I THINK it's growing.... lol
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:29 PM   #33
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Awesome start to what will be a very nice build. Currently building my ADA as well.....how nice is it to be able to have the option with ADA tanks and merch in our prov. now! Really like your LED DIY you've done, makes me want to go that route. Where did you order the crees and everything from?

Also, where'd you get the manzy? Same place as the tank?

Looking forward to watching this!
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:40 PM   #34
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I know right? Getting it here was a royal pain but at least there's Greyhound if I need (yes... need) another one in the future. I got lucky, Joseph from Miyabi was coming to Kelowna for Christmas so he brought it with him for me to pick up

I got my LEDs from RapidLED, it's a plug and play kit so I didn't have to solder anything. It's really nice, I just need to build a nicer looking enclosure for it... I want it to look similar to an ADA solar light.

The manzanita is from Aquariums West, same as the tank yes
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:04 PM   #35
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HC is pluggin away... slowly... filling the tank by this weekend hopefully
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:14 AM   #36
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What sort of life expectancy do you get out of those LED's ?
I'm looking at doing a 75cmx45xmx45cm tank with custom lighting.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:28 AM   #37
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Don't know. I've got them running too hot right now, but I will turn them down to 1mA when I fill the tank. I think they're 50,000 hours.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:31 AM   #38
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I'd like to see more photos of the leds in action. Are you happy with the amount of light you are getting from them?
I just ordered 14 xp-gs with dimmable driver and hope it will be enough light.

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Old 01-29-2012, 12:38 AM   #39
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I'm totally happy with them. I would have gotten smaller optics if I did it again but the 60s are pretty good. The tank is beside my desk so I get a bit of light spill in my face lol.

I'll try to take more pics, I've only got an iPhone though so they aren't the best demonstration.
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Glad I ordered the 40 degree optics then.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:43 AM   #41
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Whoops... looks more like a solar flare LOL





That one is more accurate.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:01 AM   #42
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Alright, welll..... bringing this back into the light again.

My 33g tank completely crashed, I tried to rebuild it about 3 times, it failed every time to rotting plants, mulm, and cyano. I tore it down and now I'm waiting for it to sell.

When I get some money for that I am going to purchase a CO2 system and *hopefully* find a stand for this tank and get it going. I am getting tired and sad seeing it sit in the corner empty for 6 months.

My HC has exploded and I haven't trimmed it and it is probably a good inch and a half up the tank.

I hope to scrape up enough money to have the tank on a real stand and filled by the end of this month. We will see.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:34 AM   #43
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CO2 is key!!! And, having a nice, thick, and lush HC carpet already established will help you immensely!!

You could start adding some hardscape now, if you wanted to. Do you plan on adding additional plant species, and if so, what? You should have enough lighting in order to grow just about anything in there!! Just be careful of algae; with so much light, it could be a potential problem. Go easy on the photoperiod for starters, and keep the water column lean. Then, gradually start increasing both after about three weeks. Especially if this is going to be an Iwagumi-style tank, take it slow, and be patient!! Best to go too slow rather than too fast and end up with an algae nightmare!!
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:01 AM   #44
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A stand and pressurized CO2 are my big two goals right now.

I am doing a driftwood and rock mix hardscape. Going for a lush look, lots of crypts, narrow leaf java fern, lots of thin leaves and grassy stuff.

I'm pulling inspiration from tanks like these







I do love the looks of Iwagumi tanks but I just feel they're not practical for fishkeeping. They are beautiful as display tanks, or tanks for shrimp, but I can't see fish being very comfortable in such open spaces. My harlequins are spazzy enough as it is without having zero cover to hide under. :P
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:16 AM   #45
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Here's some driftwood I picked up at the beach for the tank. I had bought some manzanita but I don't really like it any more for the scape I had in mind. It was too thin and branchy.



It is only half wet so it looks weird. Photo doesn't do it justice.

Here's the HC explosion.

Remember those tiny little bits of l. Repens that were in the tank before? Well they went CRAZY and took over the tank. I had to spend forever pulling them all out, some of the roots were 6" long. I pulled out about half an ice cream bucket of the stuff.

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