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Old 04-19-2012, 05:22 PM   #31
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There's probably no reason for alarm. Just because their fixture failed doesn't mean yours will.

To illustrate: I use Hydor ETH in-line heaters on several tanks. I recently had one fail and cook the entire tank. Doesn't mean the rest of the failed or will fail, however.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:51 AM   #32
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:31 AM   #33
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Update! Thursday, April 19, 2012.
So far so good. The cfl hood x Oddysea T5HO did the job, The HC grows nice green, they are spreading!
I'm set, I will get 2x 36 Archaea Fixtures for this tank.

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Invisible roots!!

Its about 1.4cm woop woop
How long should I stay DSM?
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:16 AM   #34
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Looks good so far. The HC is spread nice and evenly. I would wait a total of 2-3 months before filling it. It should be very nice by then. Be sure not to mist it past the level of substrate. I'm not sure if this happens all the time, but a 3x3 part of my substrate was a little deeper than the rest for some reason. When I misted my tank, it created a tiny puddle in that area and melted the bottom patch of HC that was on it. The patch itself is fine, but whatever was below the level of the puddle was dead..

BTW, will you be investing in an aquarium fan since summers coming up?
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:34 PM   #35
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I think I read the minimum wait period should be 6 weeks.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:20 PM   #36
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Looks good so far. The HC is spread nice and evenly. I would wait a total of 2-3 months before filling it. It should be very nice by then. Be sure not to mist it past the level of substrate. I'm not sure if this happens all the time, but a 3x3 part of my substrate was a little deeper than the rest for some reason. When I misted my tank, it created a tiny puddle in that area and melted the bottom patch of HC that was on it. The patch itself is fine, but whatever was below the level of the puddle was dead..

BTW, will you be investing in an aquarium fan since summers coming up?
Yep, I'm ready as in right now my other shrimp tank temp is at least 73F no lower than that. Then barely reaching 70F at night.

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I think I read the minimum wait period should be 6 weeks.
Ok thank you! counting the dates I started this journal its only 25 days (almost 4 weeks).

Cant wait!!!
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:32 PM   #37
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I broke the rule though, I only waited 5 and a half weeks :p

In all seriousness if its growing well but not completely filled and you want a full carpet, you can wait even longer
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:53 PM   #38
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I broke the rule though, I only waited 5 and a half weeks :p

In all seriousness if its growing well but not completely filled and you want a full carpet, you can wait even longer
I just cant believe your HC grow so fast on black sand substrate! Fluval Stratum you let me down lol
I guess more root tabs for me!
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:09 PM   #39
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I double checked, I flooded on day 36. I think mine had long roots already by week 2 so I had no qualms about flooding. I was more worried that low plant mass = algae attack so I flooded the day my other plants arrived.

btw, nice fan. I have to consider investing in one of those. my tank almost reached 80 degrees this week.
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:46 AM   #40
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Nice fan. Yeah, I highly recommend buying a fan if it reaches past 80. I think 82-84 would be max. I was trying my first carpet of HC last year on a 20 gal during spring and it was growing very well and fast. When summer came in SD, the temperature literally went up to 86 in my tank almost everyday and 88-90 on some days (hardly use AC in the house :/ ). The HC melted away within a week..
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:56 AM   #41
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are you serious?
How long does it take to blew/ burn?
I think I was really unlucky

when I received the light the 1st ballast did not work
the replacement ballast they sent me caught fire within 10 sec.

so if yours is okay now it should be fine just keep an eye out
pretty sure there not ul listed
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:28 AM   #42
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Nice fan. Yeah, I highly recommend buying a fan if it reaches past 80. I think 82-84 would be max. I was trying my first carpet of HC last year on a 20 gal during spring and it was growing very well and fast. When summer came in SD, the temperature literally went up to 86 in my tank almost everyday and 88-90 on some days (hardly use AC in the house :/ ). The HC melted away within a week..

Oh crap I take that back. My flooded 10G tank is 78F today, and the 12 gallon is 90F.... (My room must be 90 something!)

Oh boy, summer is here alright
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:34 PM   #43
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Looking good! HC looks like it's coming along, should be very zen. I admire the patience of you dry-starters!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:47 PM   #44
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Looking great.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:55 PM   #45
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Looking great.
Thank you!
Still waiting for my friend's camera so I can get a better resolution of the picture. All the pictures taken is by my $20 deal metroPCS phone LoL.

I shall update by this weekend.
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