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Looks real good. I'm always a sucker for swords, don't know why. I had a "compact" flame sword that stayed small ish low tech, put it in high tech and it out grew the tank in 2 months lol. Hopefully you can manage yours.

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Thanks to @Greggz I now have some Hygrophila Corymbosa Compact and Barclaya bulbs in the tank. Very curious to see how they do over the coming weeks.

Did the normal maintenance, and decided to pull out the larger piece of wood to make some more room. The smaller piece still helps with some lines between species.

I also decided to add back the 2nd beamswork light on a limited timer of two hours per day to start. We will see how things do over the next week or two.

The dosing is remaining the same from March still.

Pogo K is rocking!



Overall pretty happy with things.

I am on the lookout for a Fluval 407 in the coming weeks. The large SunSun is just so loud a is really getting annoying, as I sit next to it in my office all day! Trying to see if I can get it better than $199.

And a few pictures to enjoy.











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Beautiful tank!!!. You have aspiration-inspiring plants.

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Ludwigia Cuba has been making a transition the past few weeks. I have been trying to grab pictures every few days.

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Here is early on:



Here is a few days ago:



Here is today during water change:



Pretty cool to watch a plant with this drastic of a transition from emerged.

On another note, I also replaced my SunSun 304B with a Fluval 407. So much quieter... so far pretty pleased! I did end up using the intake and spray bar from a SunSun setup- those parts are great IMO.
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Sending a few e mails and I just thought the tank was looking real good tonight, so I figured I would share. Sometimes things just seem right.
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The tank is looking good!
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Sweet nighttime pic. Tank is looking great!
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Maybe it's just my computer, but some of your pics are pixellated, and the others just fine. Odd....
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Maybe it's just my computer, but some of your pics are pixellated, and the others just fine. Odd....
Two pictures from post 557? I am seeing the same, not sure what happened. Thanks for letting me know, I'll pull those ones out.



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The ludwigia Cuba has made a good transition. Snapped another picture today before a water change.

The bump in the lighting (2hrs at 150, 8 at 80ish) has led to some GDA and GSA on the glass, but nothing else bad so far. I'll keep rocking with just the 2 hrs burst for now.

As my journey in this hobby continues, I find myself wanting more out of my lighting overall. I feel the beamsworks were solid to get me started and are a good light to use to lean, however I think there is much left to be desired from a color perspective.

I keep coming back to the sun blaster nano- but do I want to change things up more than that? I suppose I could start with the sunblaster and a flora bulb paired with one of the beamsworks (probably the 6500K one) and see where that gets me.

My other though is a better quality LED with higher CRI and control, or dive I to T5HO 2 or 4 bulb unit.

Quite undecided- as I want to future proof for a 75 or 120 gallon even.

Would love any input or perspective on different fixtures (but not ones that run me grad...)

All of the cuba stems have transitioned, only some of the emerged leaves/stems left.


Pogo K, of course!



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or dive I to T5HO 2 or 4 bulb unit.
T5HO! Come on in, the waters fine!

And that Cuba will get some beautiful red highlights, but it needs a good amount of light to do so. It's a bit of a wild animal, in that it tends to twist and turn a lot. Takes some management to keep it tamed. And a very fast grower and propagator once it's gets going.


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T5HO! Come on in, the waters fine!

G48, watch out for the T5HO folks, before you know it they’ll be trying to talk you into a larger tank!



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T5HO! Come on in, the waters fine!

And that Cuba will get some beautiful red highlights, but it needs a good amount of light to do so. It's a bit of a wild animal, in that it tends to twist and turn a lot. Takes some management to keep it tamed. And a very fast grower and propagator once it's gets going.
So with the T5- have you ever done measurements of PAR on single bulbs? Not sure how many I would want... I though you may have done this in the past, but cannot remember for certain. I know different bulbs will give different PAR, and I though it ranges from like 30 to 50ish depending on the bulb?

And good to know about the Cuba. It is already branching a ton!
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I know... it is a scary thought! I have been resisting for quite some time. Didn't bite on your enabling of purchasing new bows yet, but I am sure I will in time!
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So with the T5- have you ever done measurements of PAR on single bulbs? Not sure how many I would want... I though you may have done this in the past, but cannot remember for certain. I know different bulbs will give different PAR, and I though it ranges from like 30 to 50ish depending on the bulb?
The measurements I took were about 2" below the water surface and 10" from the light. The purpose was to show how bulbs can have a wide variance of PAR. If you recall, Giesemann's were beasts, as expected.

But if you decide to go this route, you are welcome to use the PAR meter. On a 55, which is only about 12" wide, two bulbs may be enough. Of course, three or four will provide a lot more punch and color options, but that depends on your goals.
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The measurements I took were about 2" below the water surface and 10" from the light. The purpose was to show how bulbs can have a wide variance of PAR. If you recall, Giesemann's were beasts, as expected.



But if you decide to go this route, you are welcome to use the PAR meter. On a 55, which is only about 12" wide, two bulbs may be enough. Of course, three or four will provide a lot more punch and color options, but that depends on your goals.
Yes, I recall now. Thank you, and I may take you up on the offer!

I was thinking to maybe start with two sunblaster nanos, and using two Giesmann's; one being the super flora and the other one the 6500K Tropic.

I can always add a 3rd is my thinking. They seem to be a quite fixture vs. some of the multi bulb fixtures on the bay and amazon.
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