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This is the part where the monkey holds Simba in his arms for all the other animals to see. ;D Interesting scape. I agree with the other poster who said to put some soil on the back side of where the sand it's still very nice.


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Ordered ug from AFA. Will be dsm until it roots nicely!


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I like the scaping, great job!

I just set up my 60P with AFA UG this past weekend and I was able to flood the tank immediately after planting. I did have about 5 small patches float up and the tank had dozens of small blades floating around for a couple days which is pretty frustrating. DSM is the way to go if you're patient.

BTW is your light an Aquasky G? I'm debating on if I should go with Aquasky G or Moon.


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I like the scaping, great job!

I just set up my 60P with AFA UG this past weekend and I was able to flood the tank immediately after planting. I did have about 5 small patches float up and the tank had dozens of small blades floating around for a couple days which is pretty frustrating. DSM is the way to go if you're patient.

BTW is your light an Aquasky G? I'm debating on if I should go with Aquasky G or Moon.


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I bought the tank and light second hand, if I remember correctly it's the 361 aquasky. Thank you for the compliment, best of luck with your tank.


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Was originally going to go with an aquatek mini regulator and a paint ball tank setup, but after further thought I love decided to add a second needle valve to my current regulator. Ordered all the pieces last night. The only thing that I'm bumbed out on is that the T fitting is not stainless steel. I'll eventually swap it out. Other than that, going with the same Parker needle valve. I've been running my 45p off a 5lb cylinder for the past four months and I'm still at over 1kpsi. So, I don't see the need for a whole other c02 setup for this tank.




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Love the scape you improved a lot since your other scape!

The angle of the main stone is perfect.
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Love the scape you improved a lot since your other scape!

The angle of the main stone is perfect.


Thanks! Your new scape is great as well!


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The light on your other tank, is that a Twinstar? I was thinking of ordering an Aquasky for my 30C however my local shop has a 12" Twinstar LED in stock and wanted to see what your thoughts are on the Twinstar in comparison to your Aquasky 361.

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The light on your other tank, is that a Twinstar? I was thinking of ordering an Aquasky for my 30C however my local shop has a 12" Twinstar LED in stock and wanted to see what your thoughts are on the Twinstar in comparison to your Aquasky 361.

Thanks in advance and looking forward to seeing your plants fill in!
Same here What would you say about the brightness difference between the two? Visually.
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The light on your other tank, is that a Twinstar? I was thinking of ordering an Aquasky for my 30C however my local shop has a 12" Twinstar LED in stock and wanted to see what your thoughts are on the Twinstar in comparison to your Aquasky 361.



Thanks in advance and looking forward to seeing your plants fill in!


I can tell you that the twin star light is very, very bright. When all the lights in my room are off and the twin star is on, it lights up my whole room. That's only the 450 too. Color wise, it is more "colorful", compared to the aquasky. The Ada light is more cool/ white colored. It is 25% less bright. I'm curious to see how the aquasky grows red plants being that is is a straight white color type of light. I should mention that the twin star does have red, blue and green leds which give the light that colorful tone. Tbh, I'm almost leaning towards switching to an aquasky on my 45cm because of the cool relaxing color.


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I can tell you that the twin star light is very, very bright. When all the lights in my room are off and the twin star is on, it lights up my whole room. That's only the 450 too. Color wise, it is more "colorful", compared to the aquasky. The Ada light is more cool/ white colored. It is 25% less bright. I'm curious to see how the aquasky grows red plants being that is is a straight white color type of light. I should mention that the twin star does have red, blue and green leds which give the light that colorful tone. Tbh, I'm almost leaning towards switching to an aquasky on my 45cm because of the cool relaxing color.


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Thanks for the feedback. The new Aquasky series (Aquasky G) has actually switched over to RGB now similar to the Twinstar. If you aren't a fan of the RGB color you may want to look into the Aquasky Moon line which is 50% brighter than the regular Aquasky and doesn't use RGB, its just straight white LED.


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Thanks for the feedback. The new Aquasky series has actually switched over to RGB now similar to the Twinstar. If you aren't a fan of the RGB color you may want to look into the Aquasky Moon line which is 50% brighter than the regular Aquasky and doesn't use RGB, its just straight white LED.


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Dam 50%! This little 36cm is already rather bright haha! Good to know. Thank you


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Big shout out to the man Alan Le for walking me through adding a second needle valve. It was a breeze.




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Hey man, hows the UG coming along? I'm realizing now that I made a bad decision flooding my tank with the UG in it. I've had about 75% of it float to the surface since I originally put it in. The rest of the 25% are doing great though LOL
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Hey man, hows the UG coming along? I'm realizing now that I made a bad decision flooding my tank with the UG in it. I've had about 75% of it float to the surface since I originally put it in. The rest of the 25% are doing great though LOL


It's going great. Small various sproutings through out the planted section.


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Well, two days ago I noticed that the sand started show blue green algae. My assumption is that the nutrients from the soil leached down into the sand. Nutrients, light and moisture fall fed this mishap. I quickly filled the tank with RODI, added GH booster, nutrients and hooked up the c02 system. Fourth eight hours into the flood, no signs of melt back. In fact I've seen more growth. Running a line green drop checker with 4DKH solution. Hopefully all keeps carrying on well. Behind the main stone there is a patch of non planted dirt which will welcome in some sort of stem plant. Suggestions welcome for that!




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