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post #31 of 91 Old 08-25-2013, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Just got an email that my tank is done! Can't wait to get home and pick it up.

Current plant list is:
Hydrocotyle tripartita (semi carpetish)
anubias nana (driftwood, will remove if it can't handle the light)
fissidens fontanus (to cover the driftwood)
Staurogyne repens (general foreground clumps)
Echinodurus Angustifolia (background)
hygrophila corymbosa stricta (foreground clump to add some red, not sure if this is the right plant for me, I'm looking for something low, bushy and red, ideas?)
cryptocoryne parva (midground)
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post #32 of 91 Old 08-26-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Was out at a fish store in san diego helping my uncle with some stuff for his reef tank and I happened to stumble across the perfect piece of mopani driftwood! It is probably 16 inches long, great color, nice arch in the middle, and is just the right shape to wrap around the filter and wind down the middle of the tank. Can't wait to get home and get to work!
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post #33 of 91 Old 08-26-2013, 07:50 PM
hurry up and go home man :P i'm excited for you too!
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post #34 of 91 Old 08-26-2013, 11:38 PM
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Ohhh, we need to see pics of the tank and the wood! Please get home ASAP! :)

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post #35 of 91 Old 08-27-2013, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm not sure, but it seems like you guys want real pictures? I don't know, just a vibe I'm getting.

Got my LEDs and driver in the mail today. Looking pretty good. Some of the solder joints attaching the LEDs to the substrate look kinda poor, I may have to touch them up when I assemble the fixture. Shouldn't be a problem. Still haven't decided exactly how strong I want to make the light (I can control this by the number of diodes used). I'm thinking around 10W should be plenty, but I can always adjust after it's partly assembled. Is there any interest in a diy LED tutorial? Making fixtures like these is pretty simple and they are WAY cheaper than some of the ready made options. For example, this unit cost about $25 in parts and is equivalent in output to (very roughly, please don't kill me for this ) maybe about 20W CFL, but it will last years and years without ever needing new bulbs. It's also very easy to tailor color/wavelength to wherever you want.

Bonus picture of driftwood! Probably tough to get a good idea of how it will look in the tank, but I promise more pictures later!
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post #36 of 91 Old 08-27-2013, 08:20 PM
very nice!
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post #37 of 91 Old 08-27-2013, 08:41 PM
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Wow, that driftwood looks great!
And I would love the tutorial on LED's!
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post #38 of 91 Old 09-03-2013, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Got my tank, it's beautiful. Excellent level of finish. Good seams, very sturdy. The tank pictures show the tank filled, I took them during the leak test.

Also took pictures of all the goodies and parts I got in the mail from amazon/mcmaster

edit: oops forgot pictures -.-

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post #39 of 91 Old 09-03-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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post #40 of 91 Old 09-03-2013, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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The drift wood has been soaking in a kiddie pool for three days now. The water hasn't turned brown at all that I can tell. However, today the wood had those white stringies growing on it and the water was cloudy so I did a water change. I know I've read it somewhere before, but can anyone recommend a good way to kill off the fungus? I'm not sure I have anything big enough to boil it in...
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