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post #46 of 57 (permalink) Old 09-03-2020, 01:34 PM
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[QUOTE=nntnam;11365969]Look what the cat dragged in!


I swear my lights dimmed here in the States when you fired that up !!!

I see a potential market for a new product. Sunglass' for fishies !!!

In all seriousness, I LOVE this tank. It's beautiful and inspiring !!!
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Just a minor update.

Bought a PowerVeg 633. Decided to remove all the "white" bulbs.

For comparison, the 660 is the deep red bulb on the left, 633 is the red/orange one on the right in this photo.


Absolutely love the color of my sunset under the new light.
Using it in my main tank now.
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That Sunset looks fantastic!


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Thanks, Gregg!

Since I won't be able to compete in the AGA 2020, I want to share an FTS from a few weeks ago.
The tank is a mess with so many mini-groups. Just wanted to try more exotic plants in my tank. To see what works and what doesn't in this tank.


BTW, this was a recovery from a BBA outbreak from too many rescapings in a short period of time.

Some lessons learned:
- The Pantanal didn't work so well in a diamond shape group. Some stems grow so fast that they can easily stunt the neighbor stems. This makes it difficult to maintain the shape of the group as they're growing in. They were okay when planted in a row. So maybe I'll change it back.
- The sunset turns out a nice surprise. They color up real nice and contrast well against the hygro. Drama-free too!
- The variegated mac was OK-ish in this tank, but nowhere as nice as the one growing with super-rich substrate and lean water-dosing in the farm tank.

I guess there's a reason why we don't see those plants being used often in a scape. Too much drama! Growing them beautifully in a farm tank is one thing. Keeping them beautiful in a scape is a totally different story.


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Couple of thoughts.

First is I keep a file of my favorite tanks for inspiration, and this is one of them.

Second is that I hope people realize the effort that goes into a presentation like this. The amount of trimming required to create this look is far more than most understand.

You should post before and after trimming pics some time. There is some real attention to detail there.

Well done sir!
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ughhh your last pic just makes me drool and think about what would T5 do vs LED but I hate the idea of upgrading bulbs every year.

Looks beautiful and I am very jealous of your natural water softness
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ughhh your last pic just makes me drool and think about what would T5 do vs LED but I hate the idea of upgrading bulbs every year.



Looks beautiful and I am very jealous of your natural water softness
I do not and don't plan on changing my t5ho bulbs due to old age. BRS investigates did an episode dealing with this subject and found useful bulb life to be much longer than once thought. Much more important in a reef tank than planted tanks. I'm quite fine with any spectrum shift and even with a 20% reduction of PAR If I really want to I'll lower the fixture height to compensate. Almost all the bulbs I'm using have 2-3 years of service so far.
@nntnam Love your tank, keep the pics coming! How do you like the KZ fixture? I don't think I've ever seen one before, do you happen to have some close ups of the fixture itself? Is yours dimmable or multiple power cords?
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Couple of thoughts.

First is I keep a file of my favorite tanks for inspiration, and this is one of them.

Second is that I hope people realize the effort that goes into a presentation like this. The amount of trimming required to create this look is far more than most understand.

You should post before and after trimming pics some time. There is some real attention to detail there.

Well done sir!
Thank you!
Definitely will show before/after pics next time!
Some people would think it's too much work to keep a Dutch tank. I think this style is perfect for me as I love messing with my tanks.

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ughhh your last pic just makes me drool and think about what would T5 do vs LED but I hate the idea of upgrading bulbs every year.

Looks beautiful and I am very jealous of your natural water softness
As Hendy8888 pointed out, there is no need to change the bulb every year. They last a lot longer than most people think .

Agreed that soft water makes things easier, but then again I have to spend more $ on salt to remineralize it.

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I do not and don't plan on changing my t5ho bulbs due to old age. BRS investigates did an episode dealing with this subject and found useful bulb life to be much longer than once thought. Much more important in a reef tank than planted tanks. I'm quite fine with any spectrum shift and even with a 20% reduction of PAR If I really want to I'll lower the fixture height to compensate. Almost all the bulbs I'm using have 2-3 years of service so far.
@nntnam Love your tank, keep the pics coming! How do you like the KZ fixture? I don't think I've ever seen one before, do you happen to have some close ups of the fixture itself? Is yours dimmable or multiple power cords?
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Yeah, the fixture not so popular, only seen it in Japan. I don't think KZ makes it themself. It was made by a German company called Seaqualux. My model is SEAQUALUX – F.
People here say that the PAR is not as high as an ATI fixture. A 10 bulbs KZ fixture only produces about the same PAR as an 8 bulbs ATI fixture at the same distance.
I like lit. It's super wide which perfectly covers my 24" wide tank. I think they work well for an even wider tank. Made of aluminum so it's quite light and runs cool.
Not a dimmable fixture. It comes with 3 cords for separate 3 channels.
It produces more than enough light for my tank. Haning it at 12inches from the water surface ATM. Only run 10 bulbs for 2 hours. The rest of the time is 6 bulbs.


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My Buce sp. Ghost is producing a pink variegated stem
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My Buce sp. Ghost is producing a pink variegated stem
What year, make, and model is your Ghost? I really really need to have some restraint seeing all these beautiful 2011 Ghost pictures lately. Such a nice plant.
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Year, make, model. . I see what you did there. How about vintage?
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That right there is some great plant porn!
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What year, make, and model is your Ghost? I really really need to have some restraint seeing all these beautiful 2011 Ghost pictures lately. Such a nice plant.
It's the 2011/2012 one. So... the real deal hehe .
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