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  1. Lighting
    Hi all, I've just rescape my juwel rio 180. (100 x 40 x 50 | 39 x 16 x 20) The plants I will be using are medium light plants at max, maybe I will add some Co2 but that's not decided at the moment. I would like a sort of carpert with lilaeopsis brasiliensis & marsilea hirsuta, other plants I...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Okay so I just created an account after lurking since forever. I have what I believe a unique problem. I have a high tech tank where I’m getting super slow growth if any at all. New growth looks good for a bit then either browns and dies or gets riddled with Cyanobacteria. Not EVERYTHING dying...
  3. Lighting
    My twinstar 300s gets super hot to the touch after running for 5+ hours. I just want to make sure this is normal, it would make sense given the output and thinness.
  4. Lighting
    I bought a twinstar 600SA recently, and was wondering why the light sits a good 4 inches from the top of the tank. I lowered it to 2 inches and wondered, aside from the light being brighter for the plants, if there would be any negative effects. Is there a reason why the Twinstar lights are...
  5. Lighting
    Hello I have been looking for a light replacement for my 17.1 gallon (24 x 12 x 14) due to my Finnex ray 2 despite its power not giving my Mermaid Weed (Proserpinaca palustris) the red color pigment I want besides at the very top of the tank. Its still yellowish slightly orange 5 inches away...
  6. Lighting
    I am trying to decide which light I should get. I am wondering if anybody would know if the 600 SA sits at the same height as the 600 S? I know that it can be adjusted length wise but what about height wise?Because from pictures it looks like the 600 SA sits higher above the tank than the 600 S...
  7. Lighting
    So I received today my Twinstar fixture (S model) and to my surprise there is a 2-3mm gap between the plastic diffuser and the metal frame. I was told that the gap size varies a bit between different fixtures but I find it strange that with current laser CNC cutting technology, there should be...
  8. Tank Journals
    Okay! So I've been away from the hobby for a few years now, and after finishing graduate school, a puppy, a new job, and a cross-country move, I decided to come back! (I had previously been on here as "dooboogoo", but I forgot my password and my recovery email is my old undergraduate email...
  9. Aquascaping
    Hey PlantedTank peeps, I'm working on my 60U Iwagumi. Would love to hear suggestions/comments on the scape as well as planting choices etc. I'm gonna work on the back left stones more, fairly happy with the right 2/3's portion. I'm gonna add some gravel or small stones for detail work here and...
  10. Lighting
    I want to get a new light for my tank since my current on is pretty dim (Dennerle power led 5.0). I'm split between the Kessil A80 Tuna Sun and the Twinstar 300e. Can anyone share experiences or recommendations? Cheers
  11. Lighting
    Just tested my Twinstar 450ES using an Apogee MQ-510 on my 45P. The fixture has fixed legs, meaning the minimum distance to water is 3". *All measurements are from the bottom of the LED array to the top of the submerged sensor.* 100% power, 0" from fixture's midline: 3” depth: 275PAR 9”...
  12. Lighting
    Hi all, Just tested my Twinstar 600S using an Apogee MQ-510 on my 60-P. I was going to make a fancy chart, but the density of plants in my tank aren't ideal for consistent depth measurements... so this is what I can give you. The fixture has fixed legs, meaning the minimum distance to water...
  13. Lighting
    I have narrowed down my search for a full-spectrum LED light for my 10-gallon tank to either the Twinstar 450E or the 450EA. The problem is that the glass lid I currently have is hinged, with a black connecting strip that runs along the entire length of the lid. This plastic hinge is 1 1/4-inch...
  14. Lighting
    Hello everyone I haven't been able to find to much info on these lights for some reason. I know Buceplant https://buceplant.com/collections/aquarium-lights/products/twinstar-led has some par values but its confusing to me, I don't know at what height because it seems its showing u the par values...
  15. Equipment
    I'm just writing this because I wasn't sure about buying a Twinstar algae inhibitor to my nano tank. After researching, I found out that they have a model for nano tanks called Twinstar II M3. I hit the bullet and got it for $92 at Adana USA. My observations: I was having trouble with green...
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