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Old 07-17-2013, 04:59 PM   #61
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Very nice, I don't see any melting at all. Did you get any melting of the UG?
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #62
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Very nice, I don't see any melting at all. Did you get any melting of the UG?
No melt at all. It only spent a few days emmersed though. Here are 2 shots from this morning. The UG is growing and looking good so far. It's thickened up some and the leaves have oriented themselves vertically since planting. You can also see the moss living inside of it's yogurt cocoon.



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Old 07-17-2013, 10:23 PM   #63
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Not having grown UG before, I assume it's a good sign that when I got home today I noticed all sorts of tiny bladders all over my UG. I assume these are the carnivorous traps, and that it means my plants are happy?

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:58 PM   #64
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Looks like the UG are happy. I probably had bad luck with mine. About 75% of my UG melted. I did planted mine different from your. I planted my UG in the whole carpet. I should of pull some apart and planted all over.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:35 PM   #65
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Today I made poles to hang my lights. I slowly headed, and then bent acrylic tubing to make the light hangers. I put 5/8" cotton rope inside of the tubing to keep it from kinking, which worked great.

I replaced the factory black 4' Finnex power cord with an 8' clear power cord, and I replaced the screws that hold the end caps on the finnex with eye hole screws so I could attach chain. I routed the power and the chain all the way through the acrylic poles. I really like how it looks, and the poles hide from the scene really well.

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Old 07-20-2013, 09:43 PM   #66
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Today I made poles to hang my lights. I slowly headed, and then bent acrylic tubing to make the light hangers. I put 5/8" cotton rope inside of the tubing to keep it from kinking, which worked great.

I replaced the factory black 4' Finnex power cord with an 8' clear power cord, and I replaced the screws that hold the end caps on the finnex with eye hole screws so I could attach chain. I routed the power and the chain all the way through the acrylic poles. I really like how it looks, and the poles hide from the scene really well.


I like the arylic hanger.. I was gonna do metal but you're always giving some good ideas!
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:27 AM   #67
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Today I made poles to hang my lights. I slowly headed, and then bent acrylic tubing to make the light hangers. I put 5/8" cotton rope inside of the tubing to keep it from kinking, which worked great.

I replaced the factory black 4' Finnex power cord with an 8' clear power cord, and I replaced the screws that hold the end caps on the finnex with eye hole screws so I could attach chain. I routed the power and the chain all the way through the acrylic poles. I really like how it looks, and the poles hide from the scene really well.

Very nice looking. Love the clear.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:12 AM   #68
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Did you mount the finnex light because it was too strong on this tank?
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:24 PM   #69
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Very nice idea, very nice application... Congratulations, you will have great tank soon

Btw, US is really expensive :O
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Did you mount the finnex light because it was too strong on this tank?
Nope, but I did raise the light a couple of inches today. The main reason I hung is is that I think this looks nicer than having it sit right on the tank. Also, the pipes are mounted in such a way that I can swing them to one side or the other, which effectively slides the light back out of the way. It's much more convenient for trimming and doing tank work.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:19 PM   #71
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Looks fantastic! Can we get a pic of the whole setup with the new acrylic bars?
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Today I finished off the rest of the stand. All I had left was to make covers to conceal all of the equipment. Both sides and the front are quickly removable. They are only held in with magnets, just like some speaker grills. I didn't want doors with hinges, because as you'll see in the picture below, my chair would block the doors and make it inconvenient.

Here is the full stand, new light bars and all:



Here you can see the removable panels. They are just made with 1x2 cedar.



All 3 of them just pop right off. The right side will have the hoses running through it (it's not installed just yet).



This is it's normal environment, with my chair in front of it. I spend a lot of time in this chair, and really love that I can watch my tank nice and close all the time. The stand height was made specifically so that the tank is at eye level when I'm in my chair.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:25 PM   #73
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nice set-up , is cleaning of the clear pipe easy ?

btw is the light set heavy ? if not can use fishing line to hang it up
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Sweet stand, great idea with the grill covers that looks cool. I also like how you did the light fixture too, that's neat how you can see the chain inside the tube. And of course I love your tank, it looks great can't wait to see the plants fill in. Your chair seems to be facing the wrong way though!
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:07 PM   #75
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nice set-up , is cleaning of the clear pipe easy ?

btw is the light set heavy ? if not can use fishing line to hang it up
Haven't had to clean the pipes yet, so time will tell.

Fishing line would definitely work. I have some 10 lbs line that would work well. I like that idea. The chain looks cool too, but I think the fishing line would actually be stronger and the light would almost appear to float. I'm going to think about that... I might switch it out.
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