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Old 08-15-2016, 09:15 AM   #271
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It's the depth that kills me.

I've had my nose on the waterline trying to reach in to get one more plant in the centre back of tank.

Hahaha. Gonna need a snorkel for Christmas next time there is a big trim.


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Sounds a great idea

The extra co2 is making a difference. The ph is normally stuck around 6.7 with co2 on. Tonight it went down to around 6.35 before the ph controller switched it off. Will have to go and re-calibrate it, always thought the probe under-reads (meant to be at end of life but still works).
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:25 AM   #273
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Delapool's 150 gallon tank

It's tough being a yoyo loach - seems to involve a lot of sleeping to about 10am...



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Funny pic!!! Yes, must be tough, haha!
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My pug sleeps 18 hours a day. Loachs and pugs must be related.


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Lmao!! Is there a theme? I have dogs and fish. They all seem to have the good life..
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Lmao!! Is there a theme? I have dogs and fish. They all seem to have the good life..

We envy the lifestyle.


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It is a tough life it seems


Nothing much to report. Trying to google a red-leaf stem plant called rubra (as listed by lfs) which is actually doing pretty well and much better than the red alt. Might have to go back to lfs and ask.


The flower stem was actually a flower stem according to locals but looked mangled on the end so slim hopes. Next time will direct it out of a gap in the covers so it comes out of the water.
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Did some more PAR readings today and ended up turning on the second bank of the LED lights (blue channel) to 50% power and will see what happens with BBA. One thing I did learn is that ideally PAR readings should be taken before ornaments and plants go in. This is also all relative as the PAR readings seem to bounce around a bit.

For information the tank depth is 30inches with a quad t5ho and medium-cost LED strip light (white channel 100% power). The lights sit on the tank rim. PAR readings are:

PAR at 1ft depth (4 weeks ago) - 89.
PAR at 1ft depth (now) - 56.
PAR at 1ft depth (now & no surface ripples from canister filters) - 57.
PAR at 1ft depth (now, filters off and no PERSPEX cover) - 59.

PAR at 1inch depth (filters off and no PERSPEX cover) - from 100 to 150 moving around.

PAR at ~ 1 and a half feet - 17 (off to side).

PAR at 1ft depth (re-test after PERSPEX covers on) - 65 (sigh).

PAR at 1ft depth (added blue channel of LEDs on at 50%) - 76.

So perhaps the readings may be out by 25% but in general was as expected. It was surprising that the PERSPEX covers on/off didn't make more of a difference as these can get quite coated on condensation.

A second flower stem has also popped up so fingers crossed on this one
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Second plant flower stem has almost reached water surface. This plant is determined! Fixed a few things that came apart during PAR testing (filter outlet popped off) and put stem where it can hopefully slot through a gap in tank cover.
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