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post #31 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 05:06 AM
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seams look good to me. I have something similar on my 4 foot tank.
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post #32 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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I need some help deciding whether I should go Co2 or not. My tank is 220 gallons so I would need a really efficient way to diffuse Co2 into my tank. The lights I ordered from makemyled should be really powerful and give me great par values even with my depth. I am wondering if anyone here has used GLA or Co2 Art and if you would recommend either one; and if so why. My ultimate dream tank is to have a lush carpet, thick jungle vals in the background and large swords. Is this achievable without co2 but highlight or only obtainable with co2 injection. My substrate is a mixture of black diamond blasting sand with black flourite along with osmocote plus rootabs.
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This (Dwyer RMA-151-SSV Flow Meter) seems to be a good way to keep the bubbles in check on a larger tank in case you decide on going the C02 route.



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Currently, I am sitting at work living the life as an accountant and I received an email update that my new lights for my tank have been delivered! I cannot wait for the day to end so I can go home and test these lights out. My tank is in dire need of a lighting upgrade.

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Currently, I am sitting at work living the life as an accountant and I received an email update that my new lights came for my tank have been delivered! I cannot wait for the day to end so I can go home and test these lights out. My tank is in dire need of a lighting upgrade.
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Glad to see updates and posts of your tank. I'm new to acrylic as well and it made for a good, quick, read.
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Got out early and unwrapped my new lights. Have to say, I am very impressed and appear that I can grow any and everything under these lights. These are the 6ft 1000k full spectrum tube lights from makemyled. The build quality seems top notch as does the rotary dimmer. I ordered, upon their recommendation the 90 degree optic variant. What is cool about their site is you can customize your beam angle to whatever setup or style you desire. They also have many variant lighting setups as well. Well enjoy the photos below and feel free to ask any questions!

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Such a gorgeous, HUGE, tank. I do like seeing it a lot haha
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Thanks @Freemananana! Tank is going to take some time to fill in and become what I envision it to be. I am still on the lookout for large pieces of driftwood as well as researching pressurized Co2. I keep updates on how my new lights are growing things for me.
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HELP NEEDED!

I never realized how much outflow my Eheim 2260 xl actually has. The old hose on top of the pump always had a slight kink in it. Well, I just cleaned out my filter and upgraded the hoses to the reinforced braided hoses and wow this thing has power! However, this is where I need some help. The filter outtake uses the 5/8 inch braided hose, I am trying to replicate Eheim's elbow pipe outlet but am unable to find appropriate PVC to do so. Anyone have any ideas or tips as to how I can make this? What I would love to do, is hook my vinyl hose up to a loc line type system with two duck bill nozzles.

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Would you consider this a type of duck bill nozzle? I made it out of generic PVC parts from Menards. If this would work for you, I could imagine a vertically mounted 3/4" pvc pipe behind your tank with a 5/8" inlet barb for your hose. The 3/4" pipe would then go into a 3/4" tee with a pair of 1/2" pipes coming out of the tee. You could then use a few 90's to go up and over the back of the tank with the above piece actually dumping the water into the tank. Of course, use some Krylon plastic paint to get rid of the bright white.
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@Immortal1, yes, I would consider doing a nozzle like that one. I needed to see if my local Home Depot or Lowes will carry that 5/8 inlet barb so I can fit it to the 3/4 inch of pvc. Anytime I go to either plumbing section no one is around for help lol.
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Ok, sounds good. FYI, I used a 45 degree elbow to make what is in the above picture.


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@Immortal1, yes, I would consider doing a nozzle like that one. I needed to see if my local Home Depot or Lowes will carry that 5/8 inlet barb so I can fit it to the 3/4 inch of pvc. Anytime I go to either plumbing section no one is around for help lol.
Ace Hardware is worth a shot, always friendly if you have them locally. But you should be able to find some sort of adapter.


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