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post #31 of 35 Old 05-15-2012, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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It's your tank so I can only suggest things. But even with lots more plants, that large a piece of wood will make the tank seem smaller than it actually is, visually. I know because i had a similar issue in my 20g with a largish piece of artificial root. But 2 or 3 chunks of wood that are smaller will make the tank seem larger by opening it up. It's the same as furniture in a small room; a large sofa makes the room feel small, but 3 armchairs without the sofa open up the space.
Sounds like when I go to the LFS this weekend I will grab some more pieces of drift wood and maybe a nice sized rock to help break up the tank. I will probably pull the big piece and save it for a vivarium I am planning on doing.

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post #32 of 35 Old 05-16-2012, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
Is this the kind of bulb you were talking about?
Coralife T5 High Output 6,700K Aquarium Lamp at PETCO

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post #33 of 35 Old 05-16-2012, 07:11 PM
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Is this the kind of bulb you were talking about?
Coralife T5 High Output 6,700K Aquarium Lamp at PETCO
Who, me? That would certainly work but you might be able to find essentially the same thing for cheaper in the lighting section of a general store like Wal-Mart or whatever you have near you. The color temperature is what matters...somewhere in the realm of 6,500K is best (6,700K is also just fine).

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post #34 of 35 Old 05-16-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
No not you necessarily but thanks for the quick response. I dont have my heart set on that one I just want to get an idea of a complete equipment list. Based on the research I have done it's going to cost about $100 dollars minus any livestock and shipping.
Coralife 50/50 50% Natural Daylight 6,000 K Fluorescent Bulbs (17.99)
Seachem flourish comprehensive (15.99)
nutrafin guppy flakes (3.99)
fluval shrimp granules (3.99)
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals test (23.99)
sahara sand (28.99)
all glass-top (free)

Total- 94.94(not including livestock or shipping)

and here is the final stocking list
5x ghost shrimp
3x Endlers livebearers
Dwarf Sagittaria
Corkscrew vallisneria
Brazillian pennywort

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post #35 of 35 Old 05-20-2012, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
So I don't know if I mentioned that my girlfriend wanted to basically do a carbon copy of this system and lo and behold her tap water is hard. she lives on the other end of town so that might have something to do with it. Anyway she had a little eclipse 12 system when she was a kid so we pulled that out of her attic and set it up. all of the equipment still works. We went to petsmart and got a plant substrate for her and flourish excel as well as all the other things she was missing. next we went to an aquarium store. I got a longnose hawkfish and she got 2 amano shrimp and a couple of different kinds of plants.

unfortunately this isn't a full tank shot. we definitely need some driftwood because the tank looks a little sparse. hopefully when the plants start growing it will help. The water is still a little murky from the substrate even though we rinsed it

and here are the shrimp

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