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  1. Lighting
    Hey guys! Currently, have a 55 gal with (presumably overkill?) a 48" Nicrew Full Spectrum LED light in the back of the tank, 2x 50w 6500K LED floodlights in the middle, and 1 36" Finnex Stingray 2 in the very front. I am attempting a dutch-like tank, not exactly following guidelines and...
  2. Lighting
    Alright so I have a question for you all. Which fixture and why? Someone was throwing out Hydro Planet T5HO 2foot fixture(4bulbs) and I happened to find it on the side of the road. Looks very similar to this fixture. It looks like it's in really good shape, I still have to test it out to make...
  3. Lighting
    Hello! This is my first post so have mercy on my soul... I am currently in the process of setting up a 90 gal planted (low to medium light plants) tank. The tank is standard 48" x 18" x 24" and will eventually house mainly clown loaches and java fern, swords, anubias', vallisneria, etc. I will...
  4. Lighting
    Hello All, I have a 4x t5-HO 39W unit that needs replacement. I have a 36" long, 24" deep, 21" high rimless tank (57G) with a light suspension hanger. I've got the current light set to 26" from the substrate. I would like to have medium/high for the carpeted plants. I want to have...
  5. Equipment
    Hi Friends, Been reading articles for sometime and all your advice has helped so much. So im hoping you can help with my new tank build! Quick history; have had fish tanks as long as i can remember and explored all avenues including reef, cichlid, pirahnas and planted. Moved To Australia...
  6. Lighting
    Hi all, I have a 40g running 2 Finnex planted+ 24/7 models, which by my estimation puts me at a low-moderate lighting range. I was hoping to get it up higher, as many of plants seem to be lacking certain color spectrum, which brings me to my question: would an LED grow-light be at all more...
  7. Lighting
    Hey all, So recently I've noticed my blue marble angels look better with the lights off than they do under my 2x T5HO fixture. Their fins are a nice deep blue in natural lighting, where as they're washed out and transparant looking under my lighting. I'm currently running a 10k White bulb and...
  8. Tank Journals
    I decided to post this Journal prior to starting a rescape on my 75g. I will be breaking this tank down as soon as I have a place to put its tenants. I will post progress pictures as I go and will be looking for any pointers or help from anyone along the way. Background on this tank; I started...
  9. Lighting
    What combinations of bulbs are people running in 4-bulb fixtures? I'm setting up a 29 gallon, high tech using DSM. So far, all I have is a carpet of glosso and some S. repens. I just received an order from aquariumplants.com today(P. ectus, A. reinickii mini, Ludwigia super red mini and L...
  10. Lighting
    G'day everyone! My name is Noah. I've been lurking for close to 3 months and have been registered for 3 weeks (I think). So I'm looking to set up my fish tank. It's a 150 gallon tank (volume) and measures 52" x 30" x 26.5". It's very wide and tall. My plan is to make it a low tech planted...
  11. Lighting
    This thread is going to detail the process of converting the canopy over my 75 gallon from 2x T5HO to high output LEDs. The LEDs are going to be controlled by a bluefish mini controller and have 6 different channels. Here is a list of parts and plans so far. Will probably be a slow build over...
  12. Lighting
    Hello Everyone, I recently got a good deal on a 210g (7'x2'x2') aquarium on craigslist, and I would like to set up as a high tech tank with pressurized CO2 and high light. I have a few different options for lighting, and I'm wondering what you all think. My first thought was a DIY LED fixture...
  13. Lighting
    Hi all, I am currently running two 29g tanks. Carbon copies of each other. The lights I use are 30" catalina dual 24watt t5ho. I use no Co2 and I have zero algae issues. Each tank is heavily planted with java fern, lace java and jungle val. I am moving. My new landlord is allowing me to go back...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 125 gallon aquarium that is 72" long and 22" high. I purchased a 72" QUAD Odyssea t5 HO light thinking I was going to do a heavily planted aquarium but I decided to get earth-eater fish and a heavily planted aquarium is not possible. I have attached a link to the fixture so you get a...
  15. Lighting
    hey guys, I just purchased a 125 gallon tank and now that I have no more money left, I decided to get the ODYSSEA t5 ho quad light w/ timer. There are mixed reviews but i think it will be great for my situation. Now to the facts... - The fixture is 6 feet long (72") and the bulbs are 55"...
  16. Lighting
    I really like finding these when trying to decide what bulbs to buy. They seem to be few and far between for FW bulbs. So here's a few pics hopefully demonstrating some differences between brands and K ratings. The following bulbs are just what I have on hand. The FTS at the end are not altered...
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