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Old 08-14-2004, 03:50 PM   #1
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fantastic results from new lighting setup (photos added, 56k warning)


so here's what i've ended up with on my 29 gallon:

1 - 24" T8 6700K Daylight
1 - 24" T8 18000K "Power Glo"


(above overdriven in series with a 4 bulb electronic ballast)

2 - 19w screw in CF 6500K (Home Depot)

results thus far have been very impressive. blue "sparkles" in rams and dwarf gourami are dazzling. almost all plants pearling, particularly java fern and ludwigia... ludwigia and sunset hygro turning a deep, wonderful red. will post a pic of the custom hood and tank soon.

btw, does anyone have suggestions for a ground cover for this lighting scenario?

(diy CO2 dosed to 15-20ppm, above lighting, profile with flourish tabs, tropica master grow, and weekly macro ferts to a nitrogen/phosphate ratio of 10:1, and occasional excel dosing because i have a bottle sitting here with no other use for it)

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obviously the tank needs some time to grow in and a few more tall plants in the back(anyone want to donate some water sprite?) and some ground cover, but overall i'm pleased with where it's headed.

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Old 08-14-2004, 04:01 PM   #2
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So ... uhm ... where are the pictures?
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Old 08-14-2004, 05:34 PM   #3
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Yeah, let's see some pictures already!
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With that much light you really want to hurry up and add some more plants! Otherwise you are looking at a potential green glowing nightlight.
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Congrats on getting the lighting all in order! Looks awesome! Sean's right, though! Might need to add some more plants to make use of that light before algae steps in and gladly obliges.
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on top of it, fellers... wasserpest stepped to the plate and offered some clippings from his beautiful tanks for a very reasonable fee. should be adding water sprite, ambulia, christmas moss, and rotala rotundifolia plus a few others... i'm also considering glosso for ground cover. will it stay rooted in 100% profile? i suppose i could add some fine grain gravel / large sand, but i don't particularly like the looks of anything in stores around here. (guess i could drive 60 miles to closest river and get some pebbles, but they might not be very pretty, either)

pearling is getting out of control now. every plant is bubbling like mad, and the fish seem tickled to death. my rams are in mating dress. all 4 females are fighting over one male. Love is in the air. i should add another male, since I lost my other male to an infection due to territorial squabbling injuries.

update 9-3-04: to see new pictures with more plants go to this thread
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=9976

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Old 09-11-2004, 03:33 AM   #7
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Did you ever get around to posting your plans / ideas used to make your custom hood?

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