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Old 12-12-2010, 11:27 PM   #41
 
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I don't have new photos on the 55g tank. It is still empty. I plan to get it setup before the end of this year, though. I just got the biggest problem aside...lighting! I just ordered a 48" full hood w/ 8000k flouresent lights included for $95 (includeing shipping). Ordered it off of Foster and Smith's. It should get here within, I think a week, maybe 2.

I also just learned that my 10g cichlid tank has a flouresent light in it that is 9350k! I switched the cichlid light to the QT, maybe those aponogeton bulbs will grow bigger. I also got full spectrum lighting for my 2g betta hex today. The hex is empty, but tomorrow I will get some good plants for it and do a nice low-tech system (without the soil).

Basically, I hit 3 birds with 1 stone in 1 day (now I have (and/or will have) 3 full spec setups in 1 day)!

I am a happy guy! Now the next concern is that crazy sponge filter. At walmart, they have an air pump that is rated 20-60g for $10. It comes with 2 outlets. Will this work with the sponge filter? I will get that ordered as soon as possible!

One of the Ltetras might have a diesase. The new full spectrum lighting revealed a terrible-looking whitish spot on his gills. Completely invisable to the human eye (without the lighting).

Is it ok to leave my 9350k and 8000k lights on for over 12 hours, or will that promote algae? Just wondering how long I need to leave it on.

I imageine once I get all the 10g's moved to make room for the 55g, I can probably get started with the substrate. I don't know if I have already posted this or not, but here in this part of Texas, there is no clay. I was wondering what kind of commercial clay to buy at the hardwear store (if any). My mother thinks that pottery clay will work, but I am not sure and would much rather have the opinion of the forum.

Not long 'til go time, I hope! Got 3 cories running through the QT (along with 2 Lemon Tetras, and a Swordtail-fry*...*beginer's mistake). I will probably pick up some Juliis next week after I am sure that everything will work out within a decient timeframe. I think after the cories are out, I will do the Lemons (I'll get 4 more from the lfs), and QT the lemons all by themselves since my lfs doesn't have embers, yet. After Lemons, I'll do Von Rios (obsession!!!). I might do Lemons and Von Rios together if you guys think that would work for 2 weeks (I don't think so)...? That is as far ahead as I plan to plan.

Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:50 AM   #42
 
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You should remove the fish with disease as soon as possible to prevent the disease from spreading.

I have used clay purchased at the nursery. It's a type of clay meant for lily pond but I use in my NPT without any issue. I cover it with Holland sand. Just make sure you don't re-plant your plants too often as the clay may escape into your water.
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:12 PM   #43
 
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Those lights are quite cool or bluish in colour. The Kelvin number represents the colour temperature (nothing to do with heat temperature) of light. Mid-day sun is somewhere around 6000K, and a lower K means "warmer" light that is more red and less blue, while a higher K means cooler light that is more blue and less red. Plants need red and blue. I use a combo of full spectrum (6700K) and a cool white (9000-11000K depending on the tube). You may want to replace one of the tubes with a daylight full spectrum, you can get them in hardware stores for a couple dollars. A K around 6500K is what you look for, in a 48-inch tube. GE, Phillips, Sylvania all make them.

As for time, yes, the more light tohe more algae will increase particularly if there is not a heavy growth of plants and sufficient nutrient fertilization to balance the light. And having very cool (blue) light means plants are missing the red so algae has the advantage. I would not run the lights more than 10-12 hours. SOmetimes it takes a bit of experimenting over several weeks to get the balance between light, nutrients, plants and fish load.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:36 PM   #44
 
Do you know the bulb brands? Also what kinda light is it and how many watts does the hood have?

I still wouldn't run a air pump in a planted tank, but whatever lol.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:14 PM   #45
 
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I don't know the Wattage. I can get a bulb separately if i need to.

Unfortunately, Bro, my sick Lemon Tetra, died last night. He was swimming fine and then 5 minutes later he was dead. I don't know what hit him! I can't upload a video because i don't have a youtube account. Now I have 1 Lemon tetra, and he (LG) is freaking out.

I need to go to my lfs and get 5 little lemons. I also need to pick-up some Julii Cories. My lfs charges WAY to much for fish, but I guess I just have to deal with it. They have a monopoly here, meaning there is no alternative. Can I quarantine the lemons and cories at the same time?

The new cories look great! I am glad there is nothing wrong there. I think I will quarantine embers and glowlights after the lemons and cories get out.

Thanks!
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:19 PM   #46
 
So you bought a light fixture not Knowing the wattage? So how do you know it will give you enough light.... Fixtures have set wattages on them. you can't just buy any bulb usually only one standard size works... You should know the max output the hood is capable of before buying it .
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:02 AM   #47
 
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Aw, man! I didn't know the hoods had a maximum output! I thougt only the bulb had max output. After looking into it deeper, it appears to be a 40W fixture. I know that is way below recomended but will it work? My parents will kill me if I have to return it and try again! I would have run it through the forum, but I was grounded the day I found it.

Sorry about that.

(edit: Almost forgot, I got 4 lemon tetras at my lfs. Now I have 5 LT and 3 AC in my QT.)
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:54 AM   #48
 
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Aw, man! I didn't know the hoods had a maximum output! I thougt only the bulb had max output. After looking into it deeper, it appears to be a 40W fixture. I know that is way below recomended but will it work? My parents will kill me if I have to return it and try again! I would have run it through the forum, but I was grounded the day I found it.

Sorry about that.

(edit: Almost forgot, I got 4 lemon tetras at my lfs. Now I have 5 LT and 3 AC in my QT.)
I think you're fine (but with different tubes). If I read through this correctly, you have a two-tube fixture over a 55g. Assuming this is regular T8 fluorescent (rather than T5) this is sufficient, more than enough. The tubes come in basically standard wattages for the length (though some manufacturers make less-wattage tubes with the same output--remember watts is just the energy used to produce the light, it has no direct relevance to intensity). And 48-inch tubes are 40w (or as said may be less depending upon the manufacturer). So 2 48-inch tubes in "daylight" made by GE, Phillips or Sylvania and available from hardware or home improvement stores for a couple dollars will work fine; I use them. I happened to replace one of my tubes on the 90g yesterday, and noticed the Phillips is now 32w but the intensity is the same as the former 40w. This just means less energy will be used.
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:01 PM   #49
 
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Are double-tube fixtures standard? I can't figure out if this one is a double tube or not.

Here is the hood/fixture;
Aquarium Lighting & Hoods: All-Glass Deluxe Fluorescent Full Hoods - Black

I hope it will still work...
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Old 12-16-2010, 04:44 PM   #50
 
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No, that hood is not a multi-tube hood. Standard hoods only have one tube. Something like this is what you need for good plant grow.

Nova Extreme X2 T5HO Fixtures | Fixtures | PetSolutions

If you look in the description for your hood under the "more information" tab it tells you the total output for the fixture.
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