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my 37 gallon baby...RIP

ok, gutted the tank and sent all the old inhabitants to live with friends. haha

37 Gallon tank
fluval 4 plus internal filter.
150W stealth heater

lighting is kinda weird... I took an old reptile heat fixture and put power compact incandescent bulbs into and mounted it onto the ceiling... (see pics below)

current residents are 8 gold occelatus and 12 kohaku swordtails. It worked out to be 11 females and 1 lone male... poor fella

for right now I only have some bamboo in the back, hopefully tuesday will result in some java fern and monoselenium


i need to figure how many watts per gallon i have since the lights are some distance from the tank... about 8 inches or so...










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i need to figure how many watts per gallon i have since the lights are some distance from the tank... about 8 inches or so...
Wpg is based on output of T12 bulbs. The smaller the bulb the more light you have. The best lights for non Co2 tank are the T5NO (normal output).

For every inch light distance from substrate increased there is a intensity reduced 15%. This is only good when the distance between the light and the substrate is more than 10 inches or so. As you get still closer to the bulb the inverse square relationship changes to more like a direct relationship to distance. And, the more bulbs you have above the tank, the sooner it becomes a direct relationship. Hoppy
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wow, i had no idea how to calculate that... thanks much
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Nice rock work! You cant have a good tank without it in my opinion! Do you\will you add any plants?

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thanks!
as far as plants i'm ordering some stuff for the shop... i'm thinking java fern and monoselenium, maybe a bit of java moss on the rocks and wood to tie things together...

hopefully i get it in by friday

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Those plants would look good! Have you thought about Anubias?

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yea, i just haven't found nice ones from my supplier yet.
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added a pothos and hopefully some anubias and moss this week... looking good i think

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I like this one a lot!

I really like those swordtails too and I've been considering putting some in the 55...but I'm not sure.
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Get some swordtail dude. Just get a cool variety.
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Update. I hate livebearers. Lost a few swordtails this morning. Perfect water parameters. Livebearers are the WORST!I better get some friggin babies quick or I'm gonna have to spend loot on more fish.

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i think i hate my tank, i may do something else tonight... ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Atleast you don't have a 40gal Breeder break last night causing you to spend the rest of the night/day setting up a 125gal....And then find out the new lids/lights you bought and spent so much on are too small...and you only have 18 EXPENSIVE Columbian Tetras instead of the 20 leaving 2, MIA.

And having to move the rest of your tanks to a new room, before you FINALLY move them to their intended, fish room.

Ugh, it's been one of those weeks...atleast I got a promotion @ work!

Good luck with your tank tho!
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congrats on the promo, maybe i'll leave the tank and build a terrarium for my geckos
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new pic, startin to look a little more like i want...
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