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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 04:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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First Tank and Start of 2nd

Here are pics of my 65 Gallon tank. Basically just a collection of weeds.





Also, here are pics of my second tank which I am just starting up. It is an 11 Gallon with a footprint of 18*12. Any suggestions for lighting?



Here are pics of my 65Gal and 11Gal stands:




Thanks for looking.

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Here is my 11 Gallon that I filled up yesterday. Surprisingly, the flourite was not cloudy at all. These pics were taken 5 min after filling:





I will need to build some type of box/cover to hide my lights, however, I don't want it in contact with the tank. Currently the spiral bulbs hang out an inch or so from the lamp and are pretty bright. Anyway, I have a few ideas in mind.
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Here are some new pics of my 65Gal.





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Nice, the 65 looks great I like the hardscape.
Where did you get the 11 gallon? Did the stand come with it?


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The 11Gal I bought off a local fishkeeper. I think it is somewhat old, however, I liked the rimless look for only 10$. The stand I made myself out of 2x4's and tounge and groove boards.

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Here is my 65Gal again. Added a few plants...just waiting for the left side to fill in more.



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Left Side with some newly added rotalla and anubias:



Some type of samlous added:



A. Reineckii added at the back:



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I second mott's comment about the hardscape. The tank looks great, really healthy. I didn't see a stocking list, what do you have in there? Also, do you have any updated pics of the 11 gal? I'm interested to see how you've planted it.
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Thanks for the comments Rachel. In my 65 I currently have:

15 Harlequin Rasboras
5 Bolivian Rams (All male I think, unfortunately)
2 BN Plecos - 1 Albino, 1 Reg.
1 Male Betta
1 Albino Red Tail Shark

Don't have any updated pics of the 11, I'm currently down south on vacation. It houses Cherry Shrimp. Planted with Hairgrass and HM. It is currently a haven for algae right now because I am being lazy in getting CO2 into there. I have the equipment, just haven't found the time.

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Here are updated pics of my 11Gal:





Put a couple Oto's in there. How do you go about feeding these? The snails and shrimp get to any food I put in there first. Speaking of which, these snails are outta control, so I have been trying to manually remove them...I think I'm fighting a losing battle though.

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squish the snails.. Don't worry about catching them.

And where did you get the pendent reflectors?


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otos love zucchini and romaine lettuce.

They'll also spend all day working on algae and bacteria that covers all the sufaces in the tank.





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great iwagumi tank.

i feed my algae waters hikari algae wafers. i think its more nutritionally complete then lettuce (which is pure fiber and is just a filler, not food). zucchini is probably a good food though.

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Can you tell us more about your lighting system? that pendant lighting looks cool can you show us a whole shot of both light and tank together? nice tank
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Here is my 11 Gallon that I filled up yesterday. Surprisingly, the flourite was not cloudy at all. These pics were taken 5 min after filling:





I will need to build some type of box/cover to hide my lights, however, I don't want it in contact with the tank. Currently the spiral bulbs hang out an inch or so from the lamp and are pretty bright. Anyway, I have a few ideas in mind.
Did you buy or make the reflector/housing for the spirals? They look very nice.

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Well, for the lighting on my 11G I used 3 of these:

http://www.canadiantire.ca/browse/pr...08474396672797

I broke off the clip from the base of the snake neck. On the back of my stand I ran 3 vertical 1x2's upto ~2" above the top of my tank. I then fastened the snake neck of the lamps to the vertical 1x2's and that was it. I have 3 27W spiral bulbs in there but I am currently only running 2. Even this is quite challenging to find the right balance of ferts.

The only problem with this setup is the bulbs stuck out from the bottom of the lamps about .5" - .75". This lit up the room quite a bit. So, I built this simple box with 3 holes cut out of the top. The reflectors then come up through the holes and fasten back to the lamps. This creates nothing in contact with the top of the tank and gives a 'floating light' look while preventing the entire room from being lit up.









So, with 3x27W spirals over the tank, that is a total of 81W. Now, I don't know how much reaches the bottom of the tank with the restrike, etc...but it is way more than adequate. As I said I am currently only running 2 lamps and all has been growing well in a short amount of time.
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