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post #151 of 222 Old 04-03-2013, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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That shimmer effect is not really apparent in still shots, I've not posted a video to show it but with the moving duckweed on the surface it is really cool and not too far off what you might see under the water.

The best price I have seen was on the Pets and Ponds website... it even beat the LFS boxing day sale prices by a little bit. If they don't happen to show the size you are looking for, call them.

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post #153 of 222 Old 04-07-2013, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a clip of the low light side of the tank and the resulting light play from the duckweed circulating on the surface.... let's see if the video embedding works.


It did.

I keep forgetting that the vertical format is rather restricting bu in this case I was dealing with avoiding reflections and keeping the Betta isolation container out of the view.

Actually, I think I used some enhancement feature on YouTube and it looks like it reduced the effect while probably trying to compensate for changing light levels... Oh well, it gives a general idea of what it looks like anyway.

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was expecting a very indepth narration :P

im super jealous looks really cool jeff!
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was expecting a very indepth narration :P

im super jealous looks really cool jeff!
Thanks,

I've thought about doing that... maybe sometime.

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That is really a nice feature. Better than I had imagined. Maybe I'll hint around for that for Fathers Day.

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Woah, that's so beautiful! Makes it look so natural, I love it.
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im sure you have moistened byrons appetite with the super natural look you have there =D
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post #159 of 222 Old 04-07-2013, 06:42 PM
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Yes, and I like the effect of the LED light too. Not just the shadow effect from the moving duckweed, but even more the effect of direct sun that is not possible with any fluorescent lighting. You can achieve this with halogen spot lighting, which is high heat and energy so I've never bothered. And I believe the metal halide lighting gives this, though I 've never done that either.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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It has to do with being a focused light, fluorescent can't be focused in that way, any parabolic reflector light with a small diameter would be similar... but you have the heat and efficiency issues... not to mention short lifespans of the bulbs... in some cases.

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