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  • #61
    Yeah, with the compressed CO2.
    They're mostly Labrinthe fish, so i'm not overly concerned, it's the BN's that im worried about.
    The gouramis have started fighting too, they're a little wrecked up at the moment, so hoping this doesn't tip them over.
    Figured it would be fine since they were fine yesterday, guess the temperature in the room must be up or something at the moment.
    Chris -my tank

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    • #62
      Trialling an upgrade to a new light. Got sick of the leggy stems. Will clean the tank up a lot.
      Also thinking about actually doing my first proper scape on another tank. Let's see where that one takes me .
      Just need to clear out the shrimp and the 30 Betta Channoides from the other tank.

      But for now:


      Guess which one is the new light? Also lost a few of the fish, some from old age (7 years isn't a bad run right?), others from the high temperature in the garage last week that i just wasn't ready for.

      Changing from SE Asian fish to South American, the big gouramis are picking the plants a bit. SAE has been too i think. Gouramis have started fighting too, trying to work out how to split them up before someone get's wrecked.
      Chris -my tank

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      • #63
        Nice Chris!
        Certainly very lush tank! Love it, always looks so green. Pity about the problem with leggy stems.
        What are the specs on that new light, it looks cool!
        7 years, my best is 3 years!
        35L Dragon Stone Jungle
        140L Planted Fallen Tree

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        • #64
          Originally posted by Puggy View Post
          Nice Chris!
          Certainly very lush tank! Love it, always looks so green. Pity about the problem with leggy stems.
          What are the specs on that new light, it looks cool!
          7 years, my best is 3 years!
          Part of the problem with the leggy stems is that i don't have enough time to trim them as much as i should and to remove the duckweed (working 2 jobs and 4 days at uni is killing me haha) so they grow long and block out all the light. Pretty heavy on the carpeting and midground plants too bit of melting recently. Pulled out Cabomba Furcatus that was over 8foot long in the 4foot tank. I got rid of the big Amazon Sword and the Huge tricolour, but now i've got another 4 that have popped up. Heteranthera Zosterifolia and duckweed are other problems, blocks too much light. So was hoping the new light would sort of help fix this.

          The new light is a 50W Cool White (meant to be, doesn't look 6500K to me, but not far off). Total power expenditure on the lights is still only 110W, so pretty happy with that. Am going to replace the other middle light too.
          Chris -my tank

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          • #65
            Yeah, and it probably got pretty bushy as well, which often doesn't help with making stems get crowded and block out each others light.
            Would suck working and uni so much, I am trying to save as much money as I can before Uni, so that I only have to work 1 haha!
            Sucks, you have a pretty good fert regime though? I hope I never have duckweed in any of my tanks.
            50w is powerful, I am thinking of changing to floods instead of T5's on the schools 3ft, but even then floods are expensive in the short term.
            110w is nice.


            Originally posted by mr_c265 View Post
            Part of the problem with the leggy stems is that i don't have enough time to trim them as much as i should and to remove the duckweed (working 2 jobs and 4 days at uni is killing me haha) so they grow long and block out all the light. Pretty heavy on the carpeting and midground plants too bit of melting recently. Pulled out Cabomba Furcatus that was over 8foot long in the 4foot tank. I got rid of the big Amazon Sword and the Huge tricolour, but now i've got another 4 that have popped up. Heteranthera Zosterifolia and duckweed are other problems, blocks too much light. So was hoping the new light would sort of help fix this.

            The new light is a 50W Cool White (meant to be, doesn't look 6500K to me, but not far off). Total power expenditure on the lights is still only 110W, so pretty happy with that. Am going to replace the other middle light too.
            35L Dragon Stone Jungle
            140L Planted Fallen Tree

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            • #66
              I've managed to work so much i don't even have time to spend my money which is nice and bad at the same time.
              My fert regime is sporadic, some days i leave for uni at 7am and wont be back from work till 10pm or midnight, so it's not as regular as i'd like it to be, but uni holidays are coming up and i should be able to get EVERYTHING sorted then.
              Might even beat the duckweed this time (i swear i nearly had it last month hahaha, couldn't even see a single piece in the big tank).

              The idea of properly scaping another of my tanks has me pretty excited. Looking forward to that, might even try T5's again for comparison.
              Floods are initially expensive, but not changing tubes is a bonus.
              I had t8's before and the tubes were $8 for 6500K daylight, those were the days.
              Chris -my tank

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              • #67
                Yes, would be. I just got my first job a few months ago, and am saving like crazy, since the pay is actually pretty good!
                Ahhh, but you have all those cool trace ferts and fancy stuff that I have no idea about! For me, Dino Spit and Pee is mostly all I need!
                Wish those fert dispensers were cheaper!
                Duckweed would be annoying!

                Just scaping my first tank in the next week or so, so excited, just got all these amazing pieces of wood and rock from Adrian to do it with.
                They are, wish they had more CREE models for cheaper.
                Wow! haha.


                Originally posted by mr_c265 View Post
                I've managed to work so much i don't even have time to spend my money which is nice and bad at the same time.
                My fert regime is sporadic, some days i leave for uni at 7am and wont be back from work till 10pm or midnight, so it's not as regular as i'd like it to be, but uni holidays are coming up and i should be able to get EVERYTHING sorted then.
                Might even beat the duckweed this time (i swear i nearly had it last month hahaha, couldn't even see a single piece in the big tank).

                The idea of properly scaping another of my tanks has me pretty excited. Looking forward to that, might even try T5's again for comparison.
                Floods are initially expensive, but not changing tubes is a bonus.
                I had t8's before and the tubes were $8 for 6500K daylight, those were the days.
                35L Dragon Stone Jungle
                140L Planted Fallen Tree

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                • #68
                  New light's died already. Now comes the fun part, getting the money back from the seller. UGH.

                  Had a quick look inside, no wonder it's died..
                  Plastic back cover, driver glued to the cover instead of the metal side, wrapped in black plastic.


                  One layer of electrical tape on the joins, most of them were ok soldered, one not so much.
                  Also a melted wire from something or another.

                  I could probably even fix it myself, but seriously, who makes rubbish like this. This isn't from the CREE seller, this is from another one. I should make a list of ebay sellers not to buy off.
                  Chris -my tank

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                  • #69
                    Chris how much did you pay for this s%^&?

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by Rebel View Post
                      Chris how much did you pay for this s%^&?
                      I guess you get what you pay for, $60. Almost tempted to go back to fluorescents.
                      Just kidding, i might buy the CREE 50W's at some point. The two that i've had to send back from other sellers, with the amount postage costs and the cost of the light, i would have been better off doing so in the first place.
                      Chris -my tank

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                      • #71
                        Beautiful tank there. I still like your old lighting setup of two T8s.

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