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    Does it have a dimmer? That sounds like pretty intense lighting for such a small tank.

    Do you have a link or a picture of the light?


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    I am not sure how that will do with your plants- the color range is a "soft white", best suited for reading, etc. For the same price you can get a light like this one, which has the fixture included, two lenses, has a dimmer, and is the right kelvin rating for plants:

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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    I saw that fixture in your nano shrimp tank, but right now the price is little higher for me. Ian little leaned towards the beamswork 6500k. (http://m.ebay.com/itm/Beamswork-EA-T...213?nav=SEARCH ) or (http://m.ebay.com/itm/ET-6500K-0-50W...1%26rkt%3D1%26 )
    I don't know whether I missed it iin the previous posts. How long is your photo period and how long you open your covering daily and how do you spray it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by privinvlu View Post
    I saw that fixture in your nano shrimp tank, but right now the price is little higher for me. Ian little leaned towards the beamswork 6500k. (http://m.ebay.com/itm/Beamswork-EA-T...213?nav=SEARCH ) or (http://m.ebay.com/itm/ET-6500K-0-50W...1%26rkt%3D1%26 )
    I don't know whether I missed it iin the previous posts. How long is your photo period and how long you open your covering daily and how do you spray it.
    I am surprised you think it is pricy- the bulb you want to use alone is the same price as that whole fixture, but to each their own.

    I have the lights on for 8 hours. I open the top for 30 minutes each morning, and spray as needed, making sure the leaves have at least some sheen of moisture on them. Keep your spray as fine as possible so you are not water logging the gravel. I made that mistake in the beginning.


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    No surprises. That price is for a pack of 24 bulbs. I already have that lying around.
    That was some of the doubts I had after some hours of starting the DSM. Will be disturbing you more often later with my silly doubts

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    24 bulbs- that makes a lot more sense!


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    On those bulbs I just worry the frosted diffuser will lessen the ability to produce proper wave lengths for plant growth.
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    Lol- added plants and water. Installed the Eheim backwards! Too late tonight to change it, so for at least 24 hours, the tank will be filtering with the lily pipe as the inlet. >sigh<


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    You can only barely see the L. arcuata behind the branch I added. I really hope the Bacopa is true indica and keeps its round leaves. I wasn't able to get P. erectus, so I swapped in myrio green. I also couldn't get A. hastafolia, so I am using regular nana- still provides the contrast and extra angles on that side that I was looking for.




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    Well, the filter may have the pipes reversed, but worked nicely overnight.




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    Looking good

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    If you have an Eheim you can just switch at the double taps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrispena33 View Post
    If you have an Eheim you can just switch at the double taps.
    You would think, right? Except I cut the tubes so precisely that the one coming from the top (outlet) won't reach the bottom (inlet). I could just switch the hardware, but I don't want the lily pipe on the left hand side.

    What I *think* I can manage, thanks to the Eheim's cylindrical design is "spin" the body so that the canister inlet is on the other side. It means I will have the inline heater as part of the incoming line, when I thought I was installing it in the return line, but there isn't much I can do about that- there is no room for it in the actual return line.


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    Ok, I set the filter up correctly, but of course, broke one of the glass pipes in the process. Very frustrating.

    Tank has good water movement now, and I have started the EI dosing (macro 3 days, micro 3 days, water change on Sundays).

    I will take pictures weekly to chart stem growth.


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    Day 6 of having the stems in, and there is definitely some new growth happening. The R. indica is doing something I did not expect though- it is growing more like a "bush" than a stem- curling and growing sideways. You can see the bright green new growth in the picture. Not unattractive, but not what I planned for that spot. Will it straighten eventually?



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    geektom's sanity tank (20g regular)

    Day 9 update:

    Myrio continues to grow- a couple of inches more and I will do the first trim, so I can create a compact bush. Rotala is continuing to transform- not quite sure what to do with it, so I am going to just let it grow for now. Tiny new leaves are sprouting from the crypt melt, so that is a pretty fast recovery if it keeps going. Nice new leaf already on the anubias.

    Everything is growing in one way or the other except for the Ludwigia arcuata. I am wondering if it might make sense to pull out the branch until the arcuata is more established, just to make sure it is getting enough light?

    Water parameters:

    pH: 6.8 at peak lights, 7.5 in the morning
    Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrate all still at 0 ppm
    GH 8
    KH 3

    Dosing macros M/W/F, trace (CSM+B) T/Th/S

    I used Dr. Tim's Nitrifying Bacteria, but still suspicious that ammonia and nitrites are at 0 after 9 days. I added some fish food on day 5 and 7, plus I had the crypt melt, so I don't know... maybe I will add some nerites and see what happens.

    Some small traces of brown/diatoms, but no major bloom.

    Reminder- my substrate is organic potting soil, covered by flourite, capped by the tiny gravel/sand you can see.

    Comments, critiques, suggestions all welcome!

    FTS- you can really see how much the myrio has sprouted.


    AR and repens continue to do well, hopefully the AR will continue to get redder


    Myrio


    Rotala, doing its thing


    Ludwigia arcuata, not doing much of anything


    Baby crypts


    Little bit of Algae/diatoms



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    Noticed some more algae/diatoms on the tips of the branches



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    Hey all! Quick update- pictures to follow later.

    I did my water change on Sunday, trimmed a couple of stems of the myrio (which seems to grow an inch a day) and rearranged the arcuata to get a little more light.

    I also picked up a few stems of pogostemon stellatus, which I know *also* needs intense light, but I really like the way it looked and could totally see it growing up through the branch I have in the tank.

    Rotala continues to show it is NOT indica, lol...
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    geektom's sanity tank (20g regular)

    You can see how the myrio continues to outgrow everything, and where I added the stellatus in the back corner.



    Crypts coming back


    Better view of the stellatus- I really hope it works here, I love the way it looks.


    The insane rotala. Perhaps dosing with LSD was a mistake?


    AR doing well- probably would look better if there was more contrast with the color of the rocks.


    Hello! Added a few Amano yesterday- impatient, I know...
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