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Old 10-28-2012, 12:52 PM   #321
 
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I need T8 bulbs for my fixture.
pets and ponds have the t8's big als usually does to maybe they are just out I would stick to the 6700k anything above starts to give off blue I had 12000 on mine and the were no good plus you will have to limit your time on with lights as you go higher
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #322
 
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I did have Actinic until Big Al's changed them out for me.
I stand corrected... they are different.
F28 T5 BP Colormax is the purplish one
F28 T5 BP 6700K is the white one.
(could be P28... hard to read it.)

We have yet to sort what all these numbers mean. Time for a Lighting 101 class. If there is a sticky on this I can't find it!!

Found it!! The Planted Aquarium by Byron, Part 4. Lighting.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34862/

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Old 10-28-2012, 02:43 PM   #323
 
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My light fixture holds four 36" T8 bulbs.

Thanks for the link Jakie, I'll have a look at that.

I'm not if I'm less or more confused after reading that.

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:48 PM   #324
 
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Holy Cow it take a long time to do a water change on a 220. Thankfully I'm not using Dollar Store 2.5 gallon buckets like we were on the other four before we got the new tank and the "python".

Ammonia is still pretty much 0, nitrates are still around 1ppm, still a little bit of nitrates.

Not there yet, sigh.

I picked up some 10" scissors at Big Al's today for plant trimming, and got some fertilizer tabs to try in my substrate.

Time to carve some pumpkins! Hope everyone is safe and dry!
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:50 AM   #325
 
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How do I vacuum my gravel with all the roots and fert tabs in there??
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:02 AM   #326
 
I just vacuum around them or you can do a circular motion near them that can stir up left over food and waste.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:04 AM   #327
 
You should also look at Elephant Nose and Ghost Knife fish for your 220.I love those fish
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:41 AM   #328
 
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Holy Cow it take a long time to do a water change on a 220. Thankfully I'm not using Dollar Store 2.5 gallon buckets like we were on the other four before we got the new tank and the "python".
Is that the first time you have used a python style hose or did you use it before on the littler tanks?
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:30 AM   #329
 
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We bought the python when we bought the 220. When it was just the two 55s, the 20 and the 35 we used four 2.5 gallon buckets from Dollarama. It took us an hour and a half.

I can't believe I am buying another fish tank!

I'm getting a 10 gallon tank with heater, filter, background, light, etc for $20 used because Big Al's is getting dwarf puffer fish this weekend. I am going to fill it with water from my existing tanks and media from my RTS tank (because it has a Tetra Whisper 45 and an Aquaclear 70 on a 35 gallon tank. It used to house dirty goldfish) so it should be instantly cycled.

Another guy had a 10 gallon setup for $20 with heater, filter and light, and a 20 with all that plus a stand for $40. If he gets back to me and still has it, I'll buy both.

I also realized a have a sturdy piece of wood furniture in my basement that is 35" long and would fit a 20 gallon long nicely, if I ever see one without a stand.

Maybe a rainbow crab? Or a newt? Who knows.

Damn fish tanks, it never ends.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:40 AM   #330
 
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I've been following your thread here. Your tank is amazing. I have a (compared to your tank) a small 55 gallon. My question for you is how do you plan to insert your fert tabs?
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