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Justin

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  1. I really like your first idea about the basket! I think it would have various benefits. On top of not having to transfer the duckweed from your tank to the pond several times per week, the duckweed would be grown right in the goldfish pond, which would help filter their water and absorb nitrites, ammonia, etc.
  2. So sorry Those 3 1/2 years were the best anyone could've given him.
  3. Awesome job! I would also recommend taking out the gravel. It's not unlikely that he has gotten it stuck in his mouth before, and has been able to get it out by himself. Nonetheless, sometime's they can't, and even if they can, it can be very stressful for the fish. If you use something like pool filter sand it is okay for them to swallow some of it, as it's quite small and can pass through them easily
  4. Awesome! I misread your first post. That's even better that it will be higher lighting! Now I can have more variety if I ever choose to The lighting thing is odd. I'm not sure why I like the really cool white light. It makes it look fresher to me I think. The yellower it is, to me makes it look kind of old fashioned/dingy. But sometimes the blue makes it look a little too industrial. Funny that you brought that up, now it's making me wonder why, too! Just in case you don't already know this, the actinic will grow plants but it does not contain the ideal/full spectrum for aquatic plants. With the other light you should be ok, but just a heads up on that plants grown under actinic lights tend to have long internodes (space between each set of leaves) and may be tall/leggyInteresting... Alright, I'll keep that in mind. If I see that start to happen, I'll likely just replace the actinic with a 10,000K
  5. Awesome! I misread your first post. That's even better that it will be higher lighting! Now I can have more variety if I ever choose to The lighting thing is odd. I'm not sure why I like the really cool white light. It makes it look fresher to me I think. The yellower it is, to me makes it look kind of old fashioned/dingy. But sometimes the blue makes it look a little too industrial. Funny that you brought that up, now it's making me wonder why, too!
  6. I love him, too! He really stands out, especially in the new light. No, even with the arms fully retracted, it's too long. Thanks! I hope it won't! If it does come down off the rim, the arms will catch it before it goes in the water, which is good new! I'm happy! It is the same brand as the fixture, "Odyssea." I want to say that it is 460nm, even though I can't find it anywhere, because they sell other actinics that are 460nm. I'm not too worried about a lower PAR, mostly because I don't think I'll be buying any high-light plants. I plan on later upgrading the bulbs to two 10,000K bulbs or one 10,000K and one 6,500K bulbs from a better brand like ATI or the like. I really like the bright white, almost blue look, so I'm leaning towards two 10,000s, although if the plants need them, I'll definitely go with the 6,500s. I won't know how the plants like the current light until I buy some plants! But for now, I'm happy, so I'll stick to low/medium plants and hope they will be, too If the actinic brings it down to 40-45, it shouldn't be too bad, even for the medium light plants. Okay, good! Dodged a bullet there. It just is weird that the actual light is 48", but doesn't really fit a 48" tank. With 48" being a standard tank length, I would've assumed it would fit! If they made it like 1" shorter, it would've been perfect.
  7. Yeah, they are, but the shortest setting is already too short The white ryukin is named Nigel The black moor is named Edgar And the white oranda with an orange wen is named Norm. It's short for "Enormous", because he's 100g and everyone else is <20! The orange oranda doesn't have a name yet. I really try to wait until I find the perfect one.
  8. The arms don't even touch the rim. I also did some rearranging
  9. Yeah! This is on either side. The fixture is almost exactly 48", so the fixtures itself rests on the rim of the tank rather than the arms.
  10. Alright guys, despite school hampering my excitement, my light has finally arrived. At first it was a little more blue than I had hoped for, but now I'm growing to like it! It is an Odyssea 48" dual T5HO fixture. One bulb is 6,500K and the other is actinic, which may be a good thing for me. I don't want too much light on the plants, because the highest of them are medium light, and I don't want to be running an algae farm. First impressions are that it runs nice and cool, the splash guard is a very useful feature, and THIS THING IS BRIGHT! Also, the fixture itself has a rough texture, which I thought I would mention because it surprised me when I first felt it. It is made very nicely for the price. It is said to be made of aluminum, but I'm skeptical. It's possible, but it feels like a durable plastic. It may be just the coating. It weighs no more than 4-5lbs. The ballast is in-line with the electrical cord, rather than affixed to the fixture itself. The ballast is disconnect-able and replaceable, and the connection to the electrical cord is screw-type with a rubber O-ring. Very nice. There is no switch on the unit itself, instead it is located on the ballast. One con that I can think of is the fact that it doesn't quite fit my standard 55 perfectly. The actual fixture is about 47.75", leaving no room on either end for the extendable arms to hold on the the tank. The fixture itself rests on the rim of the tank, somewhat precariously, but sturdily enough to deter my doubts about its will to stay on the rim. Like I said, I really do like the actinic bulb, it really brings out the blues in my tank, and the white bulb brings out the nice white coloring of some of my fish as well as gives a sparkling effect to my sand. I only plan to keep this fixture on an hour or so per day until I order/receive my plants, as to control algae. So, in conclusion, this thing is bright, a great value, and you can't go wrong with 2 white bulbs or one actinic! Here are some photos of the fixture.
  11. Back in STL Cool pic of The Arch! I live about 20 minutes from it. Wish I lived closer
  12. Anubias!?!?! Ok, I see what you're saying. I'll start with the normal dosing, then decrease/increase as necessary. Is it possible to make a mixture of dry fertilizers and water to make a liquid fertilizer so I don't have to mix everyday? I use distilled water, and put it in a sealed container, in my refrigerator. I make very small batches, 1/4 cup at a time, and it lasts me about 3 weeks. Awesome! Thanks! I just wasn't sure if i could do it. I'll make sure to refrigerate and shake vigorously beforehand.
  13. Anubias!?!?! Ok, I see what you're saying. I'll start with the normal dosing, then decrease/increase as necessary. Is it possible to make a mixture of dry fertilizers and water to make a liquid fertilizer so I don't have to mix everyday?
  14. If it's super small, it's fine. If it's super big, it's fine. It is that magical space in between, where they can get it in their mouth, but can't swallow/pass it, that you should be concerned about.
  15. Is your tank acrylic or glass? Whichever it is, make sure to use the algae magnet that is made for that type of aquarium. There are magnets made for both acrylic and glass. If it is acrylic, you can use a plastic restorer such as the Novus System to remove scratches. If it is glass, it is a bit trickier. If you run your fingernail over it and it gets stuck, I don't think it's worth it to do anything. IMO, it's a lot more work than it's worth. If it's not, you can try a few things. First, an easy possible solution that can't hurt to try. Get some toothpaste and, using a microfiber cloth, rub it onto the scratch. Remember, it won't work if it's too deep. It may not work even if your fingernail does;t get stuck. I don't know how it works, I just know it's gotten me out of a pickle a couple of times. Other than that, you could begin looking into commercial solutions, which will most likely be hit or mis.. i agree with Amanda, however. if it's not filled (the tank) already, fill it up. they do become less noticeable with water in it for some reason. I assume it has something to do with light refraction.
  16. That's not a high output fixture, it's just a T5. There's a difference.You cannot use a T5HO bulb in a T5 fixture, they're incompatible. I assumed they were already in use. The bulbs he linked I were HO. I assumed the fixture was as well.
  17. I assumed. I'll just get quadrifolia. I'm so scared about the fish uprooting any carpet I try to put down!!! It's a good possibility They're small, so hopefully they can't cause TOO much damage.
  18. I assumed. I'll just get quadrifolia. I'm so scared about the fish uprooting any carpet I try to put down!!!
  19. Glosso was the ONE plant I was worried about. Funny you mentioned that. I may remove it, I know it usually requires CO2, which i don't have. Everything else will hopefully be okay. I love the vals, too! They look awesome and really make for a great background! I hope it does well for me, too! Thanks
  20. I was planning on buying my plants from Planted Aquarium Central, however, I found a guy on AquaBid who sells plants at awesome prices. Before, I was going to get 6 plants for around $37 ($5.29/plant) with shipping, but now, I'll be getting 25 plants for $35.07 ($1.40/plant) including shipping. Of course, it is bidding, so it may go up to around $45-$50, but I don't see that with his current auctions, so hopefully it won't happen to me! He ships any amount of plants for $6.95, which is A LOT better than the $14 for the 7 plants I wanted from Planted Aquarium Central. I am so happy now! Here is a revised/updated list of plants I will (hopefully) be getting: Water wisteria Java Fern Large Amazon Sword Water Sprite Lace Leaf Crypt wendtii red Scarlet temple Amazon sword Red melon sword moss ball Red Ozelot Sword Duckweed Red jugle val wide leaf Anacharis Cabomba Brazilian Pennywort Golden lloydiella Glosso I think most of these should work in my tank. I really hope so!
  21. Two T5HO bulbs 18" from substrate (height of 29g) should definitely give you at least medium, if not high, light with a full power ballast. It depends on the bulbs, though. I did a little digging but couldn't find PAR ratings for Coralife Colormax bulbs. My two bulb 48" fixture gives me med-high light, around 50 par. I think any plant labeled as medium light should do pretty well with two T5HO. We'll see what others have to say, though
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