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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-01-2004, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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gf225's 34G......getting there!!

Here'e a recent pic of my planted 34 gallon. The Cardamine lyrata is growing nicely and will fill the right corner soon and the Hygrophila polysperma is filling the left nicely too. The Echinodorus tennelus (micro sword) is slowly but surely carpeting, the leaves are turning a reddish colour which I'm surprised at as I only have 1.8 wpg.

I can't wait until Saturday when I do some serious shopping and upgrade my lighting by adding another 36 Watts; a Dennerle Special-Plant and Hagen Life-glo giving me 3 wpg. The icing on the cake though will be the new pressurized co2 system, either a JBL or Dennerle. Best I buy some new pruning scissors too!!

Hope you like it. It's only my second year of fish/plant keeping.

edit - Those Angels are spawning too!!

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VERY NICE ALREADY! I cant wait untill you get the extra light AND the pressorized co2! Love the angels too...I usted to have a pair........they were great!
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nice tank man what are dims of the tank i havint seen a 34 gallon before
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...Best I buy some new pruning scissors too!!
What a great looking tank! With additional light and CO2 you may need to get yourself a set of gas operated pruning scissors!


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what kind of substrate is that also? It looks GREAT
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Thanks guys. The substrate is fine gravel (1 - 3mm) mixed with 1kg API Pure Laterite and a 25W Heater Cable on a timer.

The tank is a Juwel Rio 125 (32" x 20" x 14"). They make good planted tanks except the supplied lighting is crap (2 x 18W T8s) so I've added a 25W and am adding another 2 x 18W this weekend to give me 97W total.
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Thanks guys. The substrate is fine gravel (1 - 3mm) mixed with 1kg API Pure Laterite and a 25W Heater Cable on a timer.

The tank is a Juwel Rio 125 (32" x 20" x 14"). They make good planted tanks except the supplied lighting is crap (2 x 18W T8s) so I've added a 25W and am adding another 2 x 18W this weekend to give me 97W total.
Hi there I sent you a message before, but i cant remember what post, i think it was Tropical Fish Forum?

I have managed to get 4 T5 tubes in addition to the dual unit Juwel provides for T8s. How are you going to fit all those t8s?? I guess it will be cramped when you open the lid.

Oh do you mean another 2x18w ballast from Juwel? Yup that would work well.

I think arcadia also makes T5 ballasts that will fit inot the Juwel hood, if you are interested.

I mentioned before i used to live in Peterborough, my parents are still there amd Waterzoo is and excellent local. Also been to the Maidenhead aqautics in Crowland, Peterborough. Seemed pretty good.

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Very healthy lookin tank...the angel looks like she is tending to eggs or laying them in that photo , great pic !
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Thanks Buck.

Hi Sanj, we have conversed before on Tropical Fish Forums. I am using T8s at the moment, I prefer the bigger choice in spectrums that they give, Iíve only seen a couple of plant designed T5s. My favourite is the Dennerle Special-Plant which has a high output but gives a warm light as itís 3000K, I prefer the warmer light to the cool white light. I will have a total of 5 tubes, 3 Dennerle (1 x 25W, 2 x 18W) 1 x 18W Arcadia Freshwater Lamp (7500K) and 1x 18W (possibly 25W) Hagen Life-glo (6700K). These higher colour temp. bulbs will balance the overall look. All with reflectors, obviously. I use both the shops you mention, Iím getting the lights and co2 from either one this weekend, The Waterzoo stock Dennerle products too which is cool because not many places import them.

The hood will be crammed but itís worth it, I post some pics of the setup when I get the new lighting and co2.
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Hi, yes i used the the dennerel tube as my third tube in the Rio 240, but have now changed it to a Triton as it was over a year old and replaced both the Nava's (came with aquarium) with Arcadia Freshwater and Tropical. Tropical is a bit pink although designed for plant growth. Peter Bradley PFK often seems to recommend the combination of freshwater and Tropical so I tried them. The overall effect is quite pleasing.

My larger aquariums are mixed T5s and T8s and yes like yours will be, they are crammed.


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