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Old 03-17-2015, 10:44 PM   #21
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Progress so far:

Stocking list for the 55 & 40 are done.
55: 4 Festivum, 8 Corydoras Trilineatus, 12 Amano Shrimp
40: 3 Senegal Bichir
20: TBD; some suggestions would be great
Lighting is pretty much done. But I may change bulb choices.
55: 4 foot four bulb T8 fixture from Lowes; bulbs will be two floramax and two daylight
40: 3 foot two bulb T8 fixture from Lowes; bulbs will be two daylight or one daylight and one actinic
20: 2 foot dual T5 Coralife fixture; bulbs will be coralife's plant bulbs
Filtration is done.
55: C-360
40: 2 Emperor 400
20: Penguin 100B
Heating will be decided later.

I plan to eventually get a CO2 system for the 55 and 20. I won't plant the 40 however. I think I will use osmocote, florapride, and seachem root tabs and flourish.

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Old 03-22-2015, 06:30 PM   #22
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I will get some pictures later today of the 40 and 20 filled with water. The styrofoam is really doing a good job getting it flush.

I will be picking up some ammonia tonight if possible and pick up some heaters tomorrow if possible. If not, I will do it sometime this week.

What heaters would you guys use to heat a 40B, 55, and 20L? The temperature of my room stays at around 73 and I have two layers of styrofoam underneath and the reflectors are facing the substrate to help keep some heat in.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:45 AM   #23
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Bought an Aqueon Preset 100W Heater for the 20 and my 40 has the Aqueon Pro 150W Heater.

Over the weekend I bought some driftwood, 4 pieces of mopani for 65 bucks.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:47 AM   #24
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Does the piece on the right look better in this position or the previous one?
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:58 AM   #25
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:44 AM   #26
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55 gallon elephant nose tank.
16 gallon vampire shrimp, green lace shrimp and snails.
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Does the piece on the right look better in this position or the previous one?
I think it looks better in this one.

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Yesterday I went to buy the heaters and started looking at the light spectrum graph for the coralife 6700k bulb and the actinic bulb. I noticed that the peaks for blue are incredibly close if not exactly the same. Where do you guys stand on whether or not actinics can support (to any level) photosynthesis? I've heard they can't at ion it.

Also, I am using my used Emp 400's and the last time I used them I messed up and put slightly uncured silicon and ammonia with surfactant in during the cycle. I forgot to rinse one of them off and don't want to do a 100% water change because CA is in a drought. Can I use carbon to remove surfactants?

In summary: Can actinics support photosynthesis to any degree?
Can carbons remove surfactant?
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I think it looks better in this one.

55 gallon elephant nose tank.
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Thanks! I like that one more too. What are your feelings on malaysian vs mopani driftwood?
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Thanks! I like that one more too. What are your feelings on malaysian vs mopani driftwood?
I prefer the look of the Malaysian

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