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That looks like a great start! You do need bigger stones, but maybe you should just go ahead and plant it. For your version 2.0 maybe you can get more hardscape with bigger rocks.
 

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Good looks at a reasonable price. I like how you can see all your high tech equipment without opening the door. I hope the lights are enough for whatever you're planning to grow? Where did you get them?
 

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I got the lights at Ikea for 10 dollars each, I'm trying to grow some HC Cuba carpet and maybe DHG too. I filled the tank with water already so I'll snap some shots of the rocks again. It's not that small, in my opinion, you get a sense of a larger of scape with smaller rocks. Besides, any bigger and I'm scared my clumsy hands made tip it over.



I left the Co2 running at around 3 - 4 bps near the output, some of the HC is pearling but at a slow pace. I got a mix of top grown and submerged HC, going to test which gives me a better result if Co2 is not limiting.
 

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Couldn't help it, the asian side of me had to throw some neon lights in the stand.



Plant selection is almost non existence right now so I'm waiting to pick up some better plants when they come in. Going to grab some clear out/in pipes too.

 

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Took a chance on the Aquatic Life T5HO 2X24W, I must say, totally disappointed. Great box, terrible build quality.




Everything was great at the start, you take them out, then you turn on the light and... hmmm not so great.

Like... this....



And these screws that were broken at the end.... come'on....



But hold on a second FHF, it's the inside that counts right? Well, that depends, you got 6500K and a red tube that gives you this -



No thanks. It looks really red and yeah I dig the colour red but not this much. Returned with no hassle, so big up to BigAl's. May he enjoy many more years of eating whatever makes him big.

But for now... it's IKEA lights until I find some good fixtures. All pics are done with my iPhone 4, I'm poor, I don't have a camera.


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Getting a Finnex Ray 2 , price was just too good to past up. But, I think these CFL cheap lights output a ton of light. You can raise it up, down, point it to parts of the tank. I'll do a comparison when I get the Finnex but man, these things are pretty bright.



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The iPhone 4 has a weird way of reducing ambient lighting, way brighter in real life.



Glossy glass....everyone likes glossy anything.

 
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