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Old 03-24-2011, 11:44 AM   #11
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Started planning the layout of my tank with some gravel and stones. Going for an oak tree over a stream style. I've still got to finish it off with more stones and aquarium sand... Oh and of course the plants!
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:30 PM   #12
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Just for your info Aquastew, an ampmeter measures amps, and has to be inline of the load.. Putting the lights in water and sticking the terminals of the ampmeter in there wont do any good.. You need a voltmeter and you would most likely be checking for millivolts.. put the probes of a voltmeter on opposite sides of the bowl of water and check for any stray voltage..

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From my experience with electricity and the way LEDs get power (low voltage and amperage) if the water has any direct contact with the circuit it will draw enough current to over load the circuit (too much amperage than the power supply puts out) and heat up the thermal fuse in the power supply and the LEDs will shut off

If you stick the led strip under water and no LEDs go out then there isn't a problem

But you can always coat them in some marine grade silicon to be safe lol
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Well... Ive placed the LED's at the top of the tank and will not be filling the tank that high. I did test the LEDs and seemed to be ok, but there will always be a 2-3cm gap between the LEDs and the surface.

I got my substrate from the internet and managed to plant my hairgrass, also got my moss tree assembled with fishing line and alas, my aquarium finally gets some water in!

Looking forward to the hairgrass filling out and carpeting and the moss bushing up!
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That's gonna be an awesome tank! What are you thinking about stocking it with???
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:54 PM   #17
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Hi, it's been a while, but as they say, these things take time!
In reply to the last post... I'm not sure!

There's a picture of my progress so far below.

I keep getting green hair algae all over my moss and general algae on the glass, but now seems to have slowed down after a few water changes and adjustments to the light timings!

I have no stock in there apart from some water flea-type things that I guess came in on the plants... But also some small White work things that seem to multiply on the glass sides? I can only describe them as a close up on a bacteria colony like what you see on the tv science shows, the biggest being about 2mm and the smallest being about 1/4 of a mm? Any idea :-
• what they are?
• if they're harmful to potential fish?
• and, how to clear the tank of them if they are bad?

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Ok, no photo.... Pharse error on forum whatever that is ?
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I think I know what your talking about. I had little worm Like things on my glass at one time but I never knew what they were and they just went away after a while. They didn't seem to disturb anything in my tank, none of my fish or plants were harmed. But I can't be sure unless I saw them lol
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