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Old 02-24-2011, 04:54 PM   #141
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I took some pictures after I washed all the rocks I got.
I need to go out and find some more . But at least it's a start.

Let me know what you think. I think it will look better in the tank.
I hung a bunch of fake plants off it. Just to see what it might look like.
It's a first for me. I love the look of your rocks.
I've never liked the look of rock cichlid tanks. They look drab to me, but I really like how you've set yours up.
This is a tank that you will really be proud of.
I'M GREEN WITH TANK ENVY . YOU HAVE A GREAT EYE FOR DESIGN
Please keep those pictures coming. I am really enjoying living vicariously through your tank build. The enormity of a 220g tank design from scratch, is cool
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:23 PM   #142
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Looks like you're off to a really good start. The tank looks great. I'm curious to see the undergravel LEDs.

I've forgotten what you're going to stock. I'm assuming you're going with SA cichlids and not the africans. EcoComplete would be a waste of money with africans. (I hate to think about what EcoComplete for a 220g costs.) They'll just eat the plants anyways.
I'll post the Under gravel LED after while. I'm going to use them to highlight the rocks. I got the moon lights which are blue and the gravel light will be green.
I think the effect will be real cool.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:28 PM   #143
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I cant wait to see that
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:54 PM   #144
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Can some tell me what the purpose is for a wave maker.
And would it give me a good shimmer with the lighting.

Or how do I create the shimmer effect ?

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:25 PM   #145
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A wave maker makes wave-like currents in the tank. They're really intended for reef tanks where corals depend on the current to bring them food.

You need a point light source to create the shimmer effect. I've got a lot of shimmer in my 20H with the LEDs. I think you could replicate the effect with fewer LEDs if they're not your main source of light.
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A wave maker makes wave-like currents in the tank. They're really intended for reef tanks where corals depend on the current to bring them food.

You need a point light source to create the shimmer effect. I've got a lot of shimmer in my 20H with the LEDs. I think you could replicate the effect with fewer LEDs if they're not your main source of light.
Will corals grow towards the food the same way plants grow towards light? So without a wavemaker you might end up with plants just on one side of the reef?
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Plants don't depend on the water movement to bring them light and nutrients dissolve in the water, unlike the food coral depends on, so a wave maker should have no real effect on the growth of plants in one area versus another. It would probably off-gas CO2, but that would affect the entire tank, not one region.
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A wave maker makes wave-like currents in the tank. They're really intended for reef tanks where corals depend on the current to bring them food.

You need a point light source to create the shimmer effect. I've got a lot of shimmer in my 20H with the LEDs. I think you could replicate the effect with fewer LEDs if they're not your main source of light.
Ok I got the light idea, In order to have it shimmer I would have to have movement on the surface. Is this correct also.
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It doesn't take much surface movement. I actually filled my 20H so the water was touching the glass canopy and I still had shimmer. There is more shimmer when there is a lot of surface agitation, but I find it a bit distracting.
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It doesn't take much surface movement. I actually filled my 20H so the water was touching the glass canopy and I still had shimmer. There is more shimmer when there is a lot of surface agitation, but I find it a bit distracting.
I like that slow shimmer. Just to make it soothing to watch.

When I went snorkeling in Hawaii, I was swimming over the reefs and the water was shimmering over the corals. It was just amazing see that.
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