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Old 06-28-2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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24 INCH RAY 2 on a PETCO BOOKSHELF TANK


So I took my son's tank and made it into a combo shrimp tank and a house for all of my plant trimmings

Here are before and after shots of the Petco Bookshelf tank.

If anyone has any advice on how to clean the inside of this PLASTIC tank, let me know. It is not acrylic. It is cheap plastic. I cannot get it clear for the life of me.

This is a KILLER amount of light into this low level tank.

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Old 06-28-2013, 10:06 PM   #2
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Good luck with that.. I've had algae issues with just a fugeray on mine even with CO2. I had to raise it up above my tank by quite a lot.

Mine is clear now that my light is higher and I've reduced the photo period a bit, but that tank in particular struggled with diatoms and GSA for about 6 months.. much longer than any of my other tanks.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:22 PM   #3
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You are going to have to find a way to raise the light or dim it. I have the same light fixture over a 20 gallon tall. There was about 15-16" between the light and the substrate, and the light was way too bright. I had a diatom bloom right after getting my Ray 2. I had to use 2 layers of charcoal window screening (bought at Home Depot for $5) to lower the brightness, and it looks like it's working pretty well for me. My plants are growing well and the diatoms are going away.

It looks like you have a 15 gallon tank, so that means it's 12" high. Assuming your substrate is 2" deep, that means that there's only 12" between your substrate and light (mount raises the fixture about 2"). That puts you at 87 PAR at the substrate, which is well within the high light range. If you don't have pressurized CO2 in this tank, then you are going to have algae issues.

In the end, you are going to either have to raise the light or dim it somehow. If you decide to use window screening, then you are going to have to use at least 2 layers if not 3.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:15 AM   #4
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i have the same exact light on a 20 gallon high and it produces about medium to low light to the substrate. mind you the plant density is thick so elevate/dim the lamp and add a lot more plants...
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This tank is cycled for a year. So i doubt I will get diatoms. I have pressurized co2 going into it split off from my main tank. The plants are pearling like crazy. I'll just stick in my plants from my main tank also. I am also ei dosing and excel per day.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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It looks like you have a 15 gallon tank, so that means it's 12" high. Assuming your substrate is 2" deep, that means that there's only 12" between your substrate and light (mount raises the fixture about 2").
No, the bookshelf tank is 6.6 gallons.. it's about 9" tall. There is probably about 8" between substrate and light.

If you manage not to get algae, more power to you, but I don't think it's going to work out well.
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The petco bookshelf sprang a leak. So I am back now with a fluval with a ray2. .


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Why so much PAR on that tank? You don't have any really demanding plants in there.


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