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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. 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 :)

  3. If it's a 460nm bulb it won't bring your par down, only the 420nm actinics will - it should specify on the bulb what it is.

    It always fascinates me what draws people to like a certain color in lighting. Myself I hate the cooler/bluer light, I have one tank right now with a 10k bulb on it and I really dislike the way it looks. I've gone so far as to putting a red bulb designed for corals in my tanks because I really love warm/reddish lighting in my tanks. Just funny how we all perceive things differently [emoji6]

    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 :D 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! :rofl
    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/leggy
    Interesting... 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 :D
  4. If it's a 460nm bulb it won't bring your par down, only the 420nm actinics will - it should specify on the bulb what it is.

    It always fascinates me what draws people to like a certain color in lighting. Myself I hate the cooler/bluer light, I have one tank right now with a 10k bulb on it and I really dislike the way it looks. I've gone so far as to putting a red bulb designed for corals in my tanks because I really love warm/reddish lighting in my tanks. Just funny how we all perceive things differently [emoji6]

    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 :D 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! :rofl

  5. I love the little white ryukin! He's such a cute guy. I love little white fish... Probably because I have a little white fish!

    So they don't even get short enough for the first bump to rest on the side?

    I love him, too! He really stands out, especially in the new light.

    No, even with the arms fully retracted, it's too long.

    Don't think that light is gonna fall in ;) and I love the new light and tank gimme the whole setup please. :)

    :rofl 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!

    do you remember what brand bulb the actinic is? If it is a 420nm (true actinic) it will give you a slightly lower PAR than a typical bulb, but I believe the 460nm 'actinics' put out similar PAR.

    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! :rofl But for now, I'm happy, so I'll stick to low/medium plants and hope they will be, too :D If the actinic brings it down to 40-45, it shouldn't be too bad, even for the medium light plants.

    Your light looks stable enough even though the arms don't rest on the rims. Your tank is looking good! I like your three groupings.

    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! :rofl If they made it like 1" shorter, it would've been perfect.

  6. Are the arms adjustable at all?

    Lookin good, btw! :thumbup2: What are your fish's names?

    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! :rofl

    The orange oranda doesn't have a name yet. I really try to wait until I find the perfect one.

  7. 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. mabyjedu.jpg3edy5e7y.jpge2u4ezyh.jpg

  8. I find that with dosing ferts, it's a lot of trial and error. Without being in your house to watch the algae, and the plants, I wouldn't know what to tell you.

    For myself, I dose dry ferts twice a week, once with each w/c. The amount that I've come to was due to months of observing my plants. If you see nutrient deficiencies, increase the dosage a tiny, and if the algae rages out of control, dial it back.

    That's how I roll, anyway. Lol!

    Good luck with carpeting plants. My fish destroy anubias. :o

    Anubias!?!?! :yikes 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. :nana I'll make sure to refrigerate and shake vigorously beforehand. :D

  9. I find that with dosing ferts, it's a lot of trial and error. Without being in your house to watch the algae, and the plants, I wouldn't know what to tell you.

    For myself, I dose dry ferts twice a week, once with each w/c. The amount that I've come to was due to months of observing my plants. If you see nutrient deficiencies, increase the dosage a tiny, and if the algae rages out of control, dial it back.

    That's how I roll, anyway. Lol!

    Good luck with carpeting plants. My fish destroy anubias. :o

    Anubias!?!?! :yikes 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?

  10. 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. :)

  11. 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 :)

    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.
  12. Glosso can be grown without co2/high light, but tends to get leggy instead of growing as a carpet. Even in my setup I'm having a seriously hard time getting it to carpet as opposed to growing tall. I'm about to give up on it.

    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 :P
    They're small, so hopefully they can't cause TOO much damage. :rofl
  13. Glosso can be grown without co2/high light, but tends to get leggy instead of growing as a carpet. Even in my setup I'm having a seriously hard time getting it to carpet as opposed to growing tall. I'm about to give up on it.

    I assumed. I'll just get quadrifolia. I'm so scared about the fish uprooting any carpet I try to put down!!!

  14. I've heard that a lot of people have trouble with glosso being extremely fickle, so good luck! I've had/ known people who've had most of those plants, and they seem to grow pretty well. I personally love the vallisneria- all sorts of it, really, it is my favorite aquatic plant- and I hope it does well for you!

    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 :)

  15. 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! :)
  16. 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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