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Old 11-01-2012, 04:20 PM   #16
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Ooohhhh heey. I've been looking at this particular tank lately. I decided it was too short for my halfmoon betta, but it would be lovely for shrimp... Hmm...

Looks good what you have so far!
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How was Halloween?

Any pics of new plants in the tanks?!?

So curious! Do fishies like them?!?
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*reminds herself that she already has 5 nanos and doesn't need another*
Yes, you do. Totally worth it. A whole rack of them would be cheaper than some lighting setups I see people buying and that is including the rack! (only $20 at the depot)

Hopefully the shrimps will cooperate and allow me to photograph them tonight.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #18
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Yes, you do. Totally worth it. A whole rack of them would be cheaper than some lighting setups I see people buying and that is including the rack! (only $20 at the depot)

Hopefully the shrimps will cooperate and allow me to photograph them tonight.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:13 PM   #19
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O hai!

How was Halloween?

Any pics of new plants in the tanks?!?

So curious! Do fishies like them?!?
Halloween was rather boring; I got sick and haven't been able to meet up with my friend to get her plants to her! They're doing well enough in the little bowl I set them up with in the meantime, though, so they'll get to her possibly a bit larger than they were sent My own anacharis in my 10g is going a bit crazy lately, so I'm thinking I might add some more of that to the rest for her

I'm working on getting some pictures of my own tank, but it's been crazy lately D: Pearlicus, however, loves the betta hammock (which surprised me, I wasn't sure with as full as his lower fins are) and the food. I had given my friend a bit of the food I had, since your package hadn't come yet last time I saw her, but after seeing how much Pearlicus likes the new food better than what I had, I can't wait to get it to her! Budti (still not sure that's the correct spelling...! Every time she texts me, she just says "fish" haha) is doing well in the meantime, apparently, I just feel bad I've been so busy I can't stop by to do everything!
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Yes, you do. Totally worth it. A whole rack of them would be cheaper than some lighting setups I see people buying and that is including the rack! (only $20 at the depot)

Hopefully the shrimps will cooperate and allow me to photograph them tonight.
I completely agree with this. You could stick 3 of these on a 3 tier rack, spend $100 on lighting, $70 on tanks and 40 on filters.

How awesome would that be. Ugh. Family would kill me :P


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Ok, so you were right Mark. I am going to add another filter to it. I moved the Nano to the side and with the flow cranked up it was WAAAAYYYY to much. Perfect for a nano reef though. Turned down, it is just not enough. I added DIY CO2 last night too and the little bell diffuser keeps the bubble too large and they just kind of hang at the surface so I think a small in tank filter with the CO2 running into it is in order.
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I completely agree with this. You could stick 3 of these on a 3 tier rack, spend $100 on lighting, $70 on tanks and 40 on filters.

How awesome would that be. Ugh. Family would kill me :P


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To do a three level rack, here are the costs (a bit cheaper than buying manufactured lighting):

3 tanks @ $25ish each: $75-$100
Rack: $20
3 AC20s: $50ish
5050SMD strips: $15
Power Supply and wiring for the SMDs: $10
Really nice substrate: $30
TOTAL $150

If you want to get fancy, you can use extruded aluminum c-channel to create light fixtures with the LED strips. That's another $5-$8. I'd also recommend adding some sort of sealed and painted MDF support on each shelf (to more evenly level and distribute weight). Another $2-$3.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #24
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5050SMD strips: $15
Power Supply and wiring for the SMDs: $10
Where are you getting your strips? Ebay? Can you PM with a link of something recommended?
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To do a three level rack, here are the costs (a bit cheaper than buying manufactured lighting):

3 tanks @ $25ish each: $75-$100
Rack: $20
3 AC20s: $50ish
5050SMD strips: $15
Power Supply and wiring for the SMDs: $10
Really nice substrate: $30
TOTAL $150

If you want to get fancy, you can use extruded aluminum c-channel to create light fixtures with the LED strips. That's another $5-$8. I'd also recommend adding some sort of sealed and painted MDF support on each shelf (to more evenly level and distribute weight). Another $2-$3.
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You should be able to find them from various suppliers and on eBay.

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A few pics of the little guys. Poor quality due to using cell phone since camera battery was not charged. LFS said they were Sakura grade. My understanding is that I can't put any other Neos in here, like pumpkins, or I risk cross-breeding back to natural brown. Is that correct?

Munching on a melting e parkeri.


Fissidens snack? Don't mind if I do.
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Halloween was rather boring; I got sick and haven't been able to meet up with my friend to get her plants to her! They're doing well enough in the little bowl I set them up with in the meantime, though, so they'll get to her possibly a bit larger than they were sent My own anacharis in my 10g is going a bit crazy lately, so I'm thinking I might add some more of that to the rest for her

I'm working on getting some pictures of my own tank, but it's been crazy lately D: Pearlicus, however, loves the betta hammock (which surprised me, I wasn't sure with as full as his lower fins are) and the food. I had given my friend a bit of the food I had, since your package hadn't come yet last time I saw her, but after seeing how much Pearlicus likes the new food better than what I had, I can't wait to get it to her! Budti (still not sure that's the correct spelling...! Every time she texts me, she just says "fish" haha) is doing well in the meantime, apparently, I just feel bad I've been so busy I can't stop by to do everything!
I'm glad you're feeling better! And that Pearlicus likes his hammock that's awesome!

Our new guy likes lounging on his anachris. The girls, too. They bandied the hammocks when I out in real plants.

The new food is loaded with garlic and ginseng for that extra vim and vigor!
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A few pics of the little guys. Poor quality due to using cell phone since camera battery was not charged. LFS said they were Sakura grade. My understanding is that I can't put any other Neos in here, like pumpkins, or I risk cross-breeding back to natural brown. Is that correct?

Munching on a melting e parkeri.


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