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Old 11-16-2013, 02:46 AM   #1
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Hi guys,

Since Finnex and the sat+ have their own clubs, I thought I would start one for buildmyled owners. The other the two clubs I mentioned have some awesome tanks so I thought we could do showcase our own!

Post a link to your journal if you have one, post a picture of your tank and tell us which fixture you went with the specs of the fixture (beam angle, length, spectrum, etc..)

I don't have a journal for my tank but it's fairly new at only a couple months old.

I went with the planted 10,000k, 30 with a 90 degree beam angle. I also purchased the tank mounts and a manual dimmer.

I have the lights on a 29 rimless Acrylic aquarium with pressurized co2 and EI dosing.

I just did a massive trim yesterday, but like I said, my aquarium is still fairly new and I'm still planting or removing plants every day.

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Since receiving the fixture, I've had explosions of growth with all of my plants. I'm currently setting up 2 grow out tanks and I haven't even needed to purchase new plants. I just trim the ones I have on a weekly basis and stick them in the other tanks.

Well here is the list! I know we won't have as many members as the other clubs but slow and steady wins the race!

1. Markahsf
2. MiSo
3. Forumsnow
4. MarkM
5. Sajacobs
6. bsantucci
7. natebuchholz
8. LTH
9. Fish from Philly
10. duderino
11. crazymittens
12. JoseRivera
13. joeyNdana
14. Airena
15. jfynyson
16. Sake
17. edstewart5
18. AHP
19. nofearengineer
20. howze01
21. beginragnarok
22. Paul.Gitter
23. AHP
24. triggergun
25. Texan78
26. Sake
27. sjb1987
28. aquabruce
29. MB2

Want to join the club? Check these fixtures out!

Fish Focus Blue 13,000k

10,000k Planted

Iwagumi 7,000k

Dutch Planted 6,300k

Riparium 6,000k

Fish Focus Red 5,000k

Amazonia 3,200k

Or the DIY Spectrum

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Old 11-16-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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I'm going to have to wait until after the holidays to join but I'm looking forward to it and so are my plants.
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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Awesome idea for a thread, I am looking forward to joining also later, but will benefit from other's experiences in the meantime.

Nice looking tank, I am impressed with the red and pink colours. I think I see helferi at the foreground center, what is at the right/front forground? Baby tears?
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Old 11-16-2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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i went with the 5000k planted tank spectrum. i dont remember the beam angle. 36 inch fixture. i keep the lights at about 60% to keep algae at bay.
http://www.buildmyled.com/custom-rep...ATAATAAATAATAA
this link is for a 48 inch fixture... i copied this link from the bml forum so i wouldn't have to build my set again.

Tank is 36 inches wide x 21 inches tall x 18 inches deep

My Journal

my camera is bad. it looks pretty good in person.
here's a before and after. 4 months apart.



fighting lots of algae.
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:09 PM   #5
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Miso, your tank looks great, can't see the algae myself, I see you got a 48" 90 degree fixture. What is your tank depth and width? I couldn't find your journal???

What type of moss? is one your driftwood tips? It looks very nice. Or how did you plant that?
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:11 PM   #6
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OMG!!! Just found it, thanks!!!
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:15 PM   #7
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I just ordered mine yesterday, can't wait till I get it and can join the club
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Old 11-16-2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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Awesome idea for a thread, I am looking forward to joining also later, but will benefit from other's experiences in the meantime.

Nice looking tank, I am impressed with the red and pink colours. I think I see helferi at the foreground center, what is at the right/front forground? Baby tears?
Thanks! Yeah I have Downoi and on the right, I have some Downoi I bought from petsmart. Unfortunately, I left the package in the sun while I was running some errands so I'm not sure if they're going to make it.

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Old 11-16-2013, 09:55 PM   #9
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Thanks! Yeah I have Downoi and on the right, I have some Downoi I bought from petsmart. Unfortunately, I left the package in the sun while I was running some errands so I'm not sure if they're going to make it.

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So that`s Helferi all in the front? I hope your plants on the right pull through, such a pretty plant. If you have the right conditions, I find this plant fairly robust. Good luck!!!
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So that`s Helferi all in the front? I hope your plants on the right pull through, such a pretty plant. If you have the right conditions, I find this plant fairly robust. Good luck!!!
Yes I have some I've been growing for a while directly in the middle. Nice healthy crowns and on the right is also helferi but they look like lettuce scraps lol. The helferi I originally got was also in bad condition at first so hopefully they bounce back like the ones in the middle did.

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Old 11-17-2013, 02:54 AM   #11
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I ordered a fixture the other day. I will post once I receive it and set it up
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angelcraze,

i used superglue gel. you can do this two ways, either dab glue on the wood and press moss into it. or dab glue on moss and press onto the wood.
i've tried it both ways. i had to add some extra moss in places after my initial planting and its worked out fine. even though the glue gets wets, you still have enough time to press the moss where you want it and it'll stick.

(is one your driftwood tips? ) i didn't understand this question.
my driftwood is manzanita wood bought from plantbrain. he has a really good selection and i like the way he displays his wood. i was able to see exactly what the wood looked like before putting it in the tank.

the moss is fissidens fontanus.
here's a 3 month difference. it grows great under the leds.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #13
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Got a 36" planted tank spectrum last January, LOVE IT! Have it over my 12 long controlled by a reefkeeper lite. Just redid the tank, will house royal blue tigers once i am certain everything is well, have 6 oebt in it now. I grow hc and glosso at 25% 12" above the rim with no co2, ferts or excell. Being able to dim the fixture to the optimal point of steady growth with little algae has totally changed planted tanks for me. Just flooded a couple weeks ago so things are still growing in. Hc has probably doubled in biomass in the past week.
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That's awesome, you should remove the sponge filter in the middle though...
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:44 AM   #15
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I got a 60" 10,000K 75 degree angle unit for my 120 about 8 months ago.




I liked that one so much I got a 48" 7,000K unit for my 50 G about two months ago.

Both tanks are low tech and both lights have the dimmer. I have a par sensor and can adjust to exactly the amount of light I want. Plants are doing well in both tanks.
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