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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 03-08-2005, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Gomer's 5g office tank ...journal style ;)

Thought you guys might enjoy the VERY slow (intential) development of my 5g nano which I get to stare at every day in my office

It is ~ 10" cubed with a 1x19watt spiral compact (home depot) using my DIY optimized reflector.
Substrate is Seachem Onyx and the ferts are all seachem. I use reconstituted (Equilibrium) distilled water since I have an endless supply of it in the lab. NO CO2 at all...I want slow growth. Ferts are psuedo randomly dosed (whole product line) between once a week to daily LOL. WC's well...I have done 2 since I setup the tank and I only change 1/2 a gallon.

I have a bunch of breeding cherry shrimp in there already and hope to find some small fish at the LFS to add....one of these days.

Plants are weeping moss, HC and eleocharis parvulus.

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My subscribed threads list is getting out of hand! I’ll be watching this one closely. I already have questions:
1) Did you make this cube?
a. If you did, any tips for those of us about to charge down this path?
2) Did you invent your own reflector shape, or were you by chance looking at AHSupply?
a. Where did you get the reflector material?
3) What temp is that light? (I looked at Home Depot over the weekend and everything was like 4000K, but now I’m reading in “Ecology of the Planted Aquarium” that mixing ‘grow’ lights with cool white (whatever temp THEY are) might actually produce the best overall growth.
4) Does anyone know of a simple way to measure color temp for a given light? I trust packaging about as much as I trust…uhm…well…something really untrustworthy. (Back to simile school for me!)
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My god Tony. Beautiful tank as usual and I'm amazed at your skills. That's a powerful tank already and can see how it'll eventually fill in. Reminds me of a slice of nature (or a Japanese garden) and brings your mind at peace.

If that large rock in the center can be replaced with something smaller, so that the branching on the twigs behind it can be seen...I think that it would be even more powerful. It would blend the hardness of the rock in with the softer look of the branching and create a better transition.

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I'm impressed too. It will look killer in a couple of more weeks. Not that it isn't impressive now.

I too picked up a couple of those bulbs to use with for a glass jar found at walmart. I just need to find a decent lamp to use for the bulb and I should be good to go...

Can you give some more details on the hood? Info like what you used for the reflecor material would be awsome.

again nice nice nice...

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It looks like a Bonsai tree. Too cool!
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Thanks guys.

I did not make this cube..my LFS fortunately caries them

The reflector is something I designed based on a "spider reflector". Mine is optimized for the diameter of the bulb that I use. I got the material from www.mcmaster.com and made it in the machineshop downstairs.

The bulb temp is between 6400-6700K...I forget right now. HD had them for ~ $7 each

When the HC grows in and is trimmed (as visioned in my head LOL), that large rock will be made to look "smaller". I doubt I can find a proper rock to replace the one that is already there.

There was an article on the reflector, but it is temp. in limbo..soon to recover. In the meantime, here are the details (I have since re-optimized the design a bit more, but those images are not uploaded).
http://members.aol.com/auddz/private.../reflector.jpg
http://members.aol.com/auddz/private...reflection.jpg


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Thanks G

Just pulled down the bulb still in the package purchased from HD.
Specs are:
120v
19w = 75w output (claimed )
6500K
Lumens 1100
Life = 10,000 Hrs.

Once I saw the 6500K I knew this would be a great nano bulb. So far your project has proven this assumption correct.

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Tony, shouldn't there be more HC in there already? If you need more all you had to do was ask.

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It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Very, very nice aquascape. So elegant

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Thanks Sean, but I have surplus galore in my 10g. I run this tank quite lean so growth is quite slow. If I upped the ferts and added CO2...or gone the soil route, then things would speed up. I wanted this to be a tank that I could just sit back and enjoy with very minimal effort..and at that, I have succeeded


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very elegant... the way the moss is growing out is beautiful. it looks like your desk clutter has grown out nicely over time too! ;)
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that is absolutely beautiful. I love the tree.
snails!
are you only gonna have the cherry shrimp in there? Must be heaven for it.

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Awsome tank. Very insperational! I have never seen a tree like that. The set up is SO simple, and puts my ten gallon to shame...

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That's beautiful! I'm jealous of your "tree"

A few questions:

1) What did you use for the branches of the tree?
2) What material did you purchase from McMaster-Carr for the reflector?
3) What program(s) did you use to design/model the reflector?

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for your few questions, I have a few answers LOL

1) Small manzanita branches ...the "tree" is actually 4 pieces combined
2) polished aluminum (#8 finish)...such as Part Number 1655T13
3) I used Rhino 3D and a little basic physics.


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