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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 06-25-2016, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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spore's 10 gallon

Just did a hack, slash, and replant on my 10 gallon tank. Thought maybe it'd be a good time to post a journal to follow it filling in.

Tank: 10 G rimless
CO2: Inline Atomic, fed by Atomic paintball regulator
Lights: 2 x 20w CFLs in aluminum domes, wired and hung from a DIY conduit setup.
Substrate: Fluval Stratum
Fauna: 2 x Otocinclus macrospilus, 1 x Amano shrimp
Flora: Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala sp. "H'ra", Rotala sp. mini "butterfly", Limnophila mini "vietnam", Pogostemon Helferi, Micranthemum "Monte Carlo", Hydrocotyle tripartita "Japan"

FTS - 25th of June, 2016 - Monte carlo starting to finally transition from tissue culture and grow, all stems cut and replanted(were at the surface). Still working on getting the H'ra to color up.


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Well done with the scale of things, I really thought it was a big tank till I saw the second shot.

Where did you get the lampshades?

Cape Town, South Africa.

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Thanks!
I got them from the hardware store(home depot) has an "incandescent work light". I removed the clamps, and also had to remove all the wiring to chase them through the conduit.
This is what it looked like when I bought it:

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Looks great, never seen cfls look so clean in a setup! How are you liking the stainless lily pipes? I was looking into ordering the same set.
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Looks great, never seen cfls look so clean in a setup! How are you liking the stainless lily pipes? I was looking into ordering the same set.
Thanks! I really tried hard to find a way to have inexpensive, readily available and adjustable lighting, but not have it just clamped on to the tank ghetto fabulous. This was what I came up with

The stainless pipes are awesome. They weigh about twice as much as glass, and it really helps a hang-on-tank design stay put. I don't know how many times I cursed my glass hang-on pipes going all sideways any time I touched the filter. I also like that the inflow slots are cut on both sides of the pipe, so I have less problems with longer plants nearby getting stuck to the pipe.

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Lights: 2 x 20w CFLs in aluminum domes, wired and hung from a DIY conduit setup.
Lovely tank.

The light setup looks chic. What is the wires are going into? What did you spend on the light setup?
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It is going into a Type-T conduit body, and then is snaked down through the conduit. Here's a pic that might better illustrate what I am talking about.

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It is going into a Type-T conduit body, and then is snaked down through the conduit. Here's a pic that might better illustrate what I am talking about.

So what did the conduit cost?
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So what did the conduit cost?
I think the conduit, hangers, conduit body, couplers were ~$15.
The lamps were $8 each.
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I think the conduit, hangers, conduit body, couplers were ~$15.
The lamps were $8 each.
Did you just go to a hardware store for the parts?

When did you start the tank?
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Did you just go to a hardware store for the parts?

When did you start the tank?
Yeah, I bought everything at Homie D's.

The tank has been running in this form for about 3 weeks.

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I am absolutely stealing your lighting set up. Right now I have a 20" Finnex 24/7 and 2 13watt CFL clipped on looking "ghetto fabulous" as you so eloquently put it lol. How do you think the par is with 2 20watt CFL?

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Go for it man, steal away! If you have any questions about fittings, mounting, etc let me know.
As far as PAR goes, I think I am doing alright.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/904062-post69.html

The lights are 12" from the substrate in back, and 15 in the front, which according to Hoppy's charts puts me in the range to pretty much grow anything my heart desires. That is, assuming I can keep the CO2 high enough and stable, and keep the nutrients a flowing.

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Great. I need to go to the Depot to get a pipe cleaner today anyways, so maybe grab some parts. I hated my clip lights and got a 24\7 which was med/low par at best. Thanks for your creativity.
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I love the DIY lighting. I've been rocking out with these $12/each LED floods with a lot of success. Can't beat a home build as far as saving some $ and customizing.
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