54l planted low tech tank

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  1. T. Guppy

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    This might be a silly question, but how do you do gravel vac without disturbing plant roots?
     
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    There's no such things as a silly question, just don't suck up to much gravel, you basically just want a little bit gravel/substrate to lift. Remember that there is a lot of bacteria growing in your substrate. If you move to much substrate you will get an ammonia spike.
     
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    Oh... I've been doing it wrong this whole time then.. So you just basically hold it on the surface of the substrate to suck up what's on the surface?
     
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    I try not to pull up too much gravel hence the thin airline. With the castings below things get cloudy quick.
    So basically just low suction move over top 1cm maybe. If I were to vac down more I would pull up castings.

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    The bottle is pretty soft sided. So it squished between rocks and glass etc. Works quite well. Will up diameter on tubing for next time

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    Yes and move some of the top layer of gravel to get the debris out underneath it. Fish poop goes into between the gravel and you need to get that out.
     
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    Time for some light upgrades
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    Very clever idea, agreed. You can also do the same with a pipette for really small nano tanks and tight spaces.

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    @necris Yes I agree they generate a lot of unnecessary heat and also the power supplies are just real junk, but with a few DiY mods they can be made into real decent lights. I have started to experiment with the 12v version, I find them just as bright and obviously safer. I too have had my fair share of 220v lights almost dropping into tanks of waterNothing good ever comes from that.

    With regards to the control side, also checkout the sonoff devices they are super cheap and work very well.

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    Agreed on the 220v. Have nearly wiped myself out a few times adjusting on the fly.
    They are 12v from supply, so moving the supply to a control box at a safer distance isn't all that difficult. Will also help alleviate heat in the enclosure and lastly will allow me to add the constant current controller inline.
    This light as it stands is in its last days. Want to try frosted and see if I can't get something better quality

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    Tank update.
    A few things have moved and I have added a sponge filter for additional aeration and some pleco feeding ground.
    Lfs's bristlenoses LOVE thier sponge filters
    Also makes a nice spare filter for starting a new cycle in my next tank
    Finally found Java moss, have placed and glued, hoping it takes on the hardscape so I can trim a little.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Tank is looking awesome , think you going to have to build me a light for my 4ft:thumbup:
     
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    Got a 1. 2m in the garage with your name on it. Just needs an rgb controller and strips. swop you for a mulberry pleco cave or 2 ;)

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    Happy days.... water tested... Nitrates and nitrites low and ammonia not even on the scale...
    Allow me to introduce... The fish.
    Taking the lead we have tiger barbs, 6 to be precise.
    Keeping them company midwater is a red tail shark and to finish two bristlenose pleco, 1 normal 1 golden/albino.
    Pardon the crappy photos. New to fish pics
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    Ok so let me be the first to say it then: the good news and the bad news is that the tank is way overstocked and you need to look at getting a bigger tank pretty soon #justifyingMTS. That’s a whole lotta fish in a 54L and they’re still juvies. Cool fish though!! :thumbup:
     
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    I have a feeling a 4ft tank isnt to far off in the future :thumbup:
     
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    Spot on sir

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    Oh fear not. I'm already shopping for it.
    I venture December latest. The tank is running an overspecced hob (aquaclear 50) and a pretty oversized(for the tank) sponge filter as the plecos liked then at the lfs. Water changes weekly if not twice weekly due to dumbass overfeeding or similar

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    That sounds good, I dont any issue's with that routine. Just dont over feed.

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    Let's see if I can put a lighting controller together this week... Last project with the arduino was a bit of a flop. Step 1. Timer and relay
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    So far so good. Real time clock working... Now to get it triggering a relay


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