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Old 02-02-2010, 10:11 PM   #11
 
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I think I just got a headache by the time I was done reading & trying to comprehend all the wiring and switching for the lights there.... I'll have to ask now...are you also gonna install a Server next to it where you'll be able to program the light sequence and then also make appropriate adaptations in this set up to simulate winter/ summer time. The 2nd advantage is you could hook the Server up to the internet and then access it remotely while on the Rd in case you'd need to simulate a quick rain shower or on cases you'd go on vacation.....
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:16 PM   #12
 
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I think I just got a headache by the time I was done reading & trying to comprehend all the wiring and switching for the lights there.... I'll have to ask now...are you also gonna install a Server next to it where you'll be able to program the light sequence and then also make appropriate adaptations in this set up to simulate winter/ summer time. The 2nd advantage is you could hook the Server up to the internet and then access it remotely while on the Rd in case you'd need to simulate a quick rain shower or on cases you'd go on vacation.....
Now this is a great idea. I didn't even think of this. I'll have to check in to this. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:19 PM   #13
 
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You seriously should!
We actually worked in wiring a basement that had a mini nursery up with a security cam system incl the water sprayer supply all into the server so our family could water their stuff here in TN while they live in FL via their own internet (creative things you do when you don't wanna "work" for family members)
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:12 PM   #14
 
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Mean Harri- your real day lighting sounds freakin AWESOME!!!!!!I would love to see a pictures of the different phases of the day!
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:25 AM   #15
 
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This is going to be fun following this thread. I too am in the process of planting my 55g. It is already set up, so I'll have to tear the whole thing down and basically start over, but it will be worth it. I will be ordering my plants from Sweet Aquatics as well (gotta love the free shipping!!). Ordering on a Monday gets it there Friday? That's what I want too so I can have all day Saturday to make the change over. Can I ask where you ordered your substrate from? Petco and PetSmart only really carry one size, and I think the substrate MIGHT be too big for plants. I'm looking for other options.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:37 PM   #16
 
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Lisa. I ordered my substrate from Pet Supplies | Dog & Cat Supplies, Pet Meds | DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Products

My local fish store wants $40 a bag. That's almost double from Drs. F&S. I ordered it Sunday, the 31st and it is already in Henderson,CO I should have it tomorrow. I ordered 5 -20 lb bags, a heater, and LED lunar lights and the shipping was $5.99 for the whole thing. 3 boxes and it was $5.99 shipping. Can't beat that.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:00 PM   #17
 
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Thank you!! I haven't checked my LFS, but I checked PetSmart and Petco and to me the gravel there seems a tad too big for plants. I have no idea how right I am about that, but I am looking for other options too (plus I hate PetSmart for what they do to their fish ).
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:01 PM   #18
 
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Look at you; all that stuff in place, plants in place.....You're getting there.

Have you started thinking about stock yet?
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:07 PM   #19
 
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Lisa I forgot to answer part of your question. I got the Eco-Complete (black)
Oh wait, you didn't ask what kind. I already posted it. I'm losing it.

Angel. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do Tetras. The Lemon Tetras are nice and I like Tetras in general. Not sure why. I was thinking about getting Danios to start with as they are hardy but I'll ask here. Is there a need to start the tank with a hardier fish? Even though it's a new tank it will be planted and the "cycle" is not as severe as without. Suggestions?

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Old 02-03-2010, 07:12 PM   #20
 
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The only reason I didn't ask is because you posted it at the beginning of this thread. The Eco-Complete got amazing reviews for a planted tank. Do you plan on rinsing it or just opening it up and tossing it (gently ) in?
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