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Old 09-06-2013, 07:03 AM   #11
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Eh its cloudy but the front hardscape is seeable. The marimo will be moved, its just there temperarily. I ordered my plants already, hopefully have em by next week. There is the driftwood to the left that hopefully turn into a tree. I coated the bamboo sticks with krylon polyurethane (I hope thats safe). Im thinking of adding dwarf hairgrass or dwarf swords for between the rocks in the middle.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:02 PM   #12
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Well, I think that the fugeray would be your cheapest replacement. If your hood has 2 parts, a half plastic half glass bottom, and a light strip, than you can remove the light strip and put the fugeray on the glass. It also prevents (or decreases) evaporation.
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Yes, its two parts. It does sort of reduce evaporation because of the condensation build up on the glass part. Anyways, the water cleared up a bit. (the tank is actually already cycled before hand, it got cloudy after i did a rescape on some things, thats why theres fish in it already). Oh, my cory cats are sorta ruining the sand lol... I hope they wont be a nuisance when I add the foreground plants... (HC)
As for the lighting, Im thinking of just converting the fixture I have of t8. Now my question is, which would be better off for me to get? a t8 LED tube or a t5HO tube? Basically, which is a better lightsource, t8 LED vs converted t5HO?

Edit* Im going to check out homedepot and see if theres a cheap alternative to get rather than buying a new fixture.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:00 AM   #14
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Yes, its two parts. It does sort of reduce evaporation because of the condensation build up on the glass part. Anyways, the water cleared up a bit. (the tank is actually already cycled before hand, it got cloudy after i did a rescape on some things, thats why theres fish in it already). Oh, my cory cats are sorta ruining the sand lol... I hope they wont be a nuisance when I add the foreground plants... (HC)
As for the lighting, Im thinking of just converting the fixture I have of t8. Now my question is, which would be better off for me to get? a t8 LED tube or a t5HO tube? Basically, which is a better lightsource, t8 LED vs converted t5HO?

Edit* Im going to check out homedepot and see if theres a cheap alternative to get rather than buying a new fixture.
I don't know much about light, but I know t8s aren't that powerful, or less so than a t5ho, but I think you're best bet is a finnex fugeray. That's what I'm getting for my 10g
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added an extra light! now im running 1 15 watt t8 and 1 18 watt t5ho. this should give me enough light right?
i added diy co2, but it hasnt started working, might be a leak somewhere...
my plants came in today, and i added em in. they gave me the wrong four leaf clover, so im not adding that. i feel like the middle is empty, what plant should i put there? also, should i be trimming the plants? the tall 1 is stargrass, and alot of the leaves are in bad shape from shipment. but, the hc was in good condition. byxia japonica is right below the stagrass. and i put anchor moss on the driftwood, its in really bad shape...
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anyone know how long the co2 takes to start working? no bubbles at all and has been running all night. :/
should I cut the stargrass in half? or should i let it be for a while? im a noob at aquarium plants, and so far im not liking how it looks...
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I think that's like medium light? I don't really know though. You might be able to grow the blyxa and dhg with that, but maybe not.

Edit: To check for leaks, put soapy water on the OUTSIDE of the bottle, around the cap, and see if it starts bubbling up. Even try squeezing it a little bit with the soapy water on it maybe.
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I think that's like medium light? I don't really know though. You might be able to grow the blyxa and dhg with that, but maybe not.

Edit: To check for leaks, put soapy water on the OUTSIDE of the bottle, around the cap, and see if it starts bubbling up. Even try squeezing it a little bit with the soapy water on it maybe.
Ok thanks for the advice. I will try it when I get home from work. The light seems very bright to me... and its at a little more than 3wpg (not to mention 18watts are t5ho), but only time will tell if the blyxa and dhg will grow or not.
Btw, I really like your 20g tank stocking list, I always wanted to have a school of rummynose mixed with bloodfins. How do they interact? Do they ever school together or do they only stick with their own?
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I'm going to guess you bought a new light fixture for the T5HO lights? Also were did you get the fixture and bulb?
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I'm going to guess you bought a new light fixture for the T5HO lights? Also were did you get the fixture and bulb?
actually i didnt really "buy a new fixture", more like retrofitting the old one. I just bought a used workhorse 2 off ebay ($8) and the t5ho I got for 20 bucks on amazon its called truelumen t5ho 18 inch 18 watts. Then I retrofitted the t8 fixture hood to fit both the old and new (used) ballasts with the t8 on the front and t5ho on the back. I had to remove the old white reflector because that was impeding the space available. I placed a new aluminum reflector that I made myself.
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