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Current Setup
Tank: 11.4 Gallon Mr. Aqua
Filter: Eheim 2213
Lighting: Archaea 36w Clip-on Lamp - Modified with DIY LED solution

CO2: GLA Atomic Paintball CO2 Regulator V1
Diffuser: GLA Atomic Diffuser
Drop Checker: ADA Drop Checker
Bubble Counter: Atomic CO2 Bubble Counter - with Integrated Check Valve
Lily Pipes: Glass
Temperature Measure: GLA Glass Thermometer - 8mm

Substrate: Up Aqua Soil
Decor: Manzanita Driftwood

Plants:
Blyxa Japonica
Downoi
and a few stems












Any thoughts? :cool:
 

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that stump seems almost overwhelming for that tank
I'm fighting to make it work, it's big, but think it will look great when filled.

That tank is sick! It must stay.
Thanks!

Go for the 2213. Hows the light look? Spotlighting at all? Nice equipment.
Yup, I'll use my 2213. The light looks great, I'm liking it so far. Although I haven't filled the tank, I'm thinking this light should be good for this setup. If I keep the driftwood layout like this, then the spotlighting will work in my advantage. Since I plan to keep HC, DHG, or something similar; keeping the light on the front end of the tank will allow for higher light foreground plants to thrive and I can put medium/low light plants in the back maybe? Haven't gotten that far.
 

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My take is that that 2nd piece is too big, being half out... I know it heresy, but maybe cut it in half and bury the cut end.... seems like too much out too me. I have the double bright on a ten gallon and I like it, I do get a little spotlighting, but it gives great shadows that I can tweak by moving it forward and back... nice effects for me
 

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Plants arrived today. 3 orders of HC from GLA in the foreground, 3 orders of Hairgrass Large in the back, and some Tropica 049 in the center.
The hairgrass was so large I had to cut it in half to fit it into this 12" tall tank.
Planted and flooded immediately, dosed some excel, and got the CO2 pumping at 3-4 bubbles per second; we'll see what happens.



 

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So I don't like the Marineland LEDs, the dark patches are very obvious.
So I ordered the 36w Archaea Clip On Light, got rid of the Marineland LED, and setup something temp until the new light arrives.







You can see a big difference in light distribution between this standard T5 bulb and those LEDs.
 

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looking good, whats up with that drop checker though? looks a weird color
Yup, it's not as light green as it should be, but I'm already at 2 bubbles per second on this 11.4 gallon tank. I'm thinking it's the water output, so I ordered an eheim outspout almost 2 weeks ago and I'm patiently waiting for it to arrive.

That light is a really nice PC light.
Thanks, I'm loving it so far too.
 

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So the Hairgrass was pulled because it was quickly outgrowing the tank.
I purchased a GLA Atomic Diffuser, WOW, It's stunning! The bubbles are so much finer than my ADA one, and for a fraction of the price.
Dwarf Hairgrass was planted in the back left/right, and some Anubias nana petite in the very center.
The HC is slowly acclimating and should hopefully spread soon.





 
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