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Old 09-18-2006, 04:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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John N. I love the updates. Looking good!
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Thanks! Here's some more pictures of the complete setup. As noted earlier, I changed from the screw-in bulbs to an AHsupply 36watt kit. It worked out great with my self-made enclosure.


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I guess I should clean up the reflectors a bit, and get rid of that dried up riccia on the inside.

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John, nice looking tank, the Downoi looks fantastic! What size CO2 cylinder is that on the tank? I am currently looking for a smaller cylinder like that for my 10 gallon but only seem to find 10 gallon. I like the looks of the smaller size, it's not so much of an eye sore.
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John N. thank you for the photos. What are the names of the plants in the tank? I could not find that in your posts. Your AHSupply Enclosure looks great. What were the costs involved with that? Was it tricky and time consuming to do or no? I have looked at options on AHSupply site regarding moonlights and honestly some of the options sound very involved. Maybe that is because I have never done it. Would you do it again? I am interesting in the costs involved for both the AHSupply light setup and the CO2 setup. They both look great. Keep up the good work!
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Linda, the cylinder is tiny compared to the other 10 lbers I have. I believe the CO2 refiller said it was around 1.5-2 lbs. So far it's has lasted me for 5+ months on a solenoid with 2 bps. You can find these smaller cylinders on ebay.

The plants in the most recent photos are Pogostemon helferi aka Downoi (spread out leaves, and in the center), the back left consists of Rotala rotundifolia, backright is Ludwigia Repens, and the left & right side center patches are Riccia. The foreground as it grows in is Hemianthus callitrichoides, aka HC.

The AHsupply.com 36 watt kit and bulb was around $65 shipped. The enclosure I built myself which was around another $10. So the Total: $75. The investment was worth every penny. I recommend AHsupply's kits. Installing the fixture is easy. Making the enclosure itself was a bit more tricky with paint jobs, sanding, and cutting the material. Next time I might purchase the enclosure to go with it to save me the trouble.

The CO2 setup consists of an Azoo Regulator I got from drsfostersmith.com for around $80. The cylinder was around $40 hydrotested, and revalved. The glass diffuser was another $10. Total: $130.

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Making the enclosure itself was a bit more tricky with paint jobs, sanding, and cutting the material. Next time I might purchase the enclosure to go with it to save me the trouble.
I can understand wanting to save yourself the trouble, but I think you did an excellent job.
By the way, the finished enclosures look on AHSupply; they would only cover 1/3 to 1/2 of the depth of the top cover of the tank. Yours looks like it covers the entire top and therefore I think would distribute the light more evenly over the tank. I think yours is better, unless they have redesigned theirs and just not put any updates on their site. I like yours better.
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Any chance at a photo update? I have Downoi also and I'm struggling with it. I was wondering if you dose anything?
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Here's a another update. I apologize in advance for the picture quality.



I dose about 2x a week with about 1/16 tsp of NPK and traces. Downoi seems to like alot of light to thrive.

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John,

Everything looks great, and very healthy!
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It looks great. I'm not sure what NPK is. Is there glossary on this site? I can't m to find one. Thanks John. Good Work.
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