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    MD, what caused the white? I looks like crazing in the pic but it's hard to tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaindew View Post
    thanks thurge and jinx
    jinx i consider my tanks as low light tanks. he he less then 2 watts per gal. if you like to use those types of measurements.
    ph controlled c02 is the key for best results imho. very little algea, healthy plants and fish. 5lb bottle runs for close to a year at these light levels. plants even grow at a reasonable rate so i dont trim this tank very often.
    that said you can always do the diy co2 "cup of sugar 1 tsp yeast and a liter bottle" i use this on 2 other tanks with good results. imho they get way to much c02 using this method in combo with the low lights. so i use a power head to help drive off c02. as you know to much of any one thing, "light,fish,fertz or c02" and you have a mess on your hands!
    thanks again for kind words!
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    I've done diy co2 and hated it. That's why I have pressurized system :-D I think I will enjoy this tank more if I can get reasonable lighting over the 55G and a working regulator.
    Is this your only planted tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquaman2000 View Post
    MD, what caused the white? I looks like crazing in the pic but it's hard to tell.

    if you talking crazing on the acrylic. its must be some sort of reflection. the tank seams are all clear. i also use plastic polish / cleaner so that might make it glow a little.
    one of these days you will have to see it in person! and its twin REEF tank is almost finished.

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    jinx
    i have 2 aga 55 g planted tanks with canister filters , diy co2 and 2x48" t5 lights
    and this 55 gal cube tank with ph controlled c02 and 4x24" t5's lights

    and a twin to this tank in garage under construction, to be my Reef display.

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    a new pic, and it shows the clear return pipes. btw none of those are glued, but they are well fitted and go into holes in top of tank to hold it all in place


    and a quick / cool looking pic of plants from top. just for fun.
    i liked the way the water bent the light reflection

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    Very nice Lane!
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    Hey!! Great pictures!! I miss those pennyworts. I had a bad outbreak of algae so I threw away lots of plants :-( Still working on that algae outbreak right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JinxXx0085 View Post
    Hey!! Great pictures!! I miss those pennyworts. I had a bad outbreak of algae so I threw away lots of plants :-( Still working on that algae outbreak right now.
    it happens! i turned one of my other tanks that was set up for 6 plus years into mush not to long ago! now it looks like gravel and 2 large plants. and it will not balance out! i have been thinking about taking it down and using the space for reef qt tank! thats about the only thing that is holding me back from setting up "my first"reef display! and yes i have a large one on the drawing board!

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    Mush?! NO! That sucks :-(
    I don't have a lot of plants but if you do want something to fill in the space... I could spare something from the 55G for you. Speaking of which... I should do a WC on that tank and do the peroxide treatment again. It did worked on the test spot I did!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaindew View Post
    a new pic, and it shows the clear return pipes. btw none of those are glued, but they are well fitted and go into holes in top of tank to hold it all in place


    and a quick / cool looking pic of plants from top. just for fun.
    i liked the way the water bent the light reflection
    Wow looking at pictures from 2008... this tank is still in same place.
    Has little different plant arrangement and different older fish.
    Was just thinking how many people have fish over 10 years old
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    Let's see an updated picture!
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    I agree! Let's see an updated picture :-)

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    Can't see the pictures from work, so i'll have to check it out tonight. Have you documented the plants and animals that you added to your tank that seemed to work and ones that didn't?

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    That looks great.
    I just lost a freshwater angel that I bought when I set up my tank in 2004. Still have a few black neons, Black skirts and rummy noses that were bought at the same time.
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    Quick picture of this tank today!
    Little more natural looking as I call it
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    And one of my 10+ year old clowns named cuff and the other is link .
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    A dedicated fish keeper!
    My friends Cuff and Link

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    Amazing!

    btw digital cameras sucked back in 2002 that is the oldest digital picture I could find
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    Aquarium has been in operation for a long time. Holding up well for acrylic.

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    Need to post better pictures with no sunlight in room

    Same simple filter with co2 injection in a drawer.


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    All the old pictures of this were lost when commycast closed and deleted personal web pages.
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    Very nice clean tank.
    What do you use the CO2 for?

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    looks good ! I'm in the process of getting things together for a 40 breeder plant tank ,just need lights and find some nice decorative rock. not sure if I'm going to do co2 or not wonder if I can do co2 from the reef tank? figure out how to run both off one co2 tank hum

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddwmedic View Post
    Very nice clean tank.
    What do you use the CO2 for?
    C02 is often used in planted tanks. Normal water does not contain enough under high light conditions and if you ad fertilizers to help plants grow. Also most ground cover plants require lots of light and co2 is used up by plants in a matter of hours. All plants aquatic or terrestrial have to have c02, n. p. k and trace nutrients to grow. Otherwise under most conditions aquarium plants will slowly die and your aquarium becomes gravel again. you can get by without it if you grow mostly low light stem plants.


    Quote Originally Posted by Larrypueblo View Post
    looks good ! I'm in the process of getting things together for a 40 breeder plant tank ,just need lights and find some nice decorative rock. not sure if I'm going to do co2 or not wonder if I can do co2 from the reef tank? figure out how to run both off one co2 tank hum
    I have a couple High quality 4ft and 2ft t5 florescent fixtures that I can sell. 2 bulb 4ft and 4bulb 2 ft fixtures. I changed over to led on the only 2 aquariums I run these days so I have no less then 5 or six expensive aquarium lights in storage room. only need a bubble counter and good co2 inline valve for another tank. freshwater planted tanks only need a simple 1 bubble per second into a diffuser and let it run 24/7. easy to buy multi port co2 valves. I have a machine shop and could make them but to time consuming for a 20$ part.

    The aquarium above was over engineered or research quality as I call it . It has solenoid valve controlled c02 injection with ph meter and probe. You can see the probe sticking out of one of the filter modules in picture above where the c02 line goes in.
    Last edited by mountaindew; 04-08-2017 at 09:54 AM.

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