Planted journey

Discussion in 'Planted Tanks' started by Innocent159, May 14, 2017.

Voter count: 25
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What fish should i put in the tank?

  1. Neon tetra

    11 vote(s)
    44.0%
  2. Shrimp

    11 vote(s)
    44.0%
  3. micro-Rosbara

    5 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. pencil fish

    2 vote(s)
    8.0%
  5. glo-light tetra

    4 vote(s)
    16.0%
  6. bottom dwellers

    5 vote(s)
    20.0%
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  1. Innocent159

    Innocent159 Active Member

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    First day

    I dismental my 100l tank to convert it to a smaller (55l tank).
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    Two weeks later
    Took me 2 weeks to remove most silicone and prep tank for cutting and sealing.
    I went with 35(h)x32(w)x55(l) which is 14.5(55l) in gallons.

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    How can I clean up the seams and keep it water tight? I want to use bostik silicone remover.

    I went with a small 20l filter (ELITE 5). I like the small form factore and clog indicator as I'm planing on runing it behind rock and emersed plants.

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    The motor look very small but if it should be a problem I will turn a 5l bucket into a canister filter using the hob as the overflow and get a bigger pump to pump water up to the tank.

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    The stand was create to house co2 canister and sump/canister if I go that route.

    Using Rotala Butterfly calculator:
    PAR @ Depth: 183
    LUX @ Depth: 2259
    Lumens/Watt: 81.5
    Lumens: 734
    LSI: 2.69
    Watts/Liter: 0.15
    Watts/Gal: 0.55
    Sq m: 0.1760
    Tank liters: 61.60
    Tank US gallons: 16.27

    (3* 3watt leds, 4000k rating)

    Today (HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

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    Sealed tank with led lights
    I went with led light fixture. Can take upto 3 60watt leds (e23 fitting (screw in))

    To grow cuttings and quarantine plants I will use a small tank I made with off cut glass.
    MY dry start set up
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    Questions
    Where can I find 6500k light bulbs? (preferably leds)
    Will bostik silicone remover remove all silicone or can I only apply it to excess silicone?
    What would the ideal PAR,watts/gallon,lumens be for medium to high light?

    @Drab808 , @Hendre , @Reedfish , @Lanner , @Rainstorm
     
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  3. Pierré Schoonraad

    Pierré Schoonraad Rainbow Freak

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    Hi @Innocent159 I will not use the silicone remover as logic tells me it will affect the silicone between the glass as well. I believe the only way to savely remove it, without weakening the contact points, will be some more hard labour with a razor blade.
    Nice build you have going there. Never build my own tank before as I might just stuff it up.

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    As far as i know the 6500k light bulb is basically a daylight bulb from the stores. So if you look at a pick 'n pay or any decent store which sells bulbs you should be able to find a 6500 k bulb. if you look on the bulb box as well it should say what its color temperature is. if they sell bulbs they usually have led bulbs.

    I dont know where you live but i have a local electrical store i like to go to but that is because they have a whole lot of other stuff which i like to browse.
     
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    with regards to watt per gallon, i have a 300 litre tank with 3 x 9 watt led bulbs (the same you are looking for) and my plants grow, but quite slowly. Also they are only crypts and val, but the tank is deep. for medium lighting i would up my own lights to at least 3 x 15 watts over my 300, so for your 50 litre i believe 2 x 9 watt leds would be fine for low tech to medium tech, depending on the height above the tank.
     
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    Innocent159

    Innocent159 Active Member

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    This is the second tank I build. First was a 60 gallon tank. Thanks for the compliment.

    I live in Cape Town. I will browse around.

    The fixture has place for 3 lights. So 3 9watt lights should be sufficient. Tank is 35cm high
     
  7. Pierré Schoonraad

    Pierré Schoonraad Rainbow Freak

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    For lights you can look at Builders Warehouse. The ones up here stock a wide variety and all are clearly marked on the packaging. I use 2 7W LED downlighters above my 3ft. Just added a fitting for it to screw in.

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    Have a look at Checkers , they sell a 6500k 9w led bulb. I think its called lumaglobe cost about R28.

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    Innocent159

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    I have downlight fittings at home. They will be used in the bar. Bought at Buco.
    Since I have a fixture I don't want to waste money getting down light fixtures. Will source some decent bulbs and go from there

    I'm on my way to pick n pay if I don't find I'll check checkers on my way from work.
    Thanks a lot
     
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    Pierré Schoonraad Rainbow Freak

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    You don't need downlight fixtures for the downlights. You get an adaptor for them which you can use on normal fixtures. Reason why I'm using the down light globes is because the light is directed down and not radiated all around. You will need to add reflectors to your current fictures to get the full benifit of the globe. Similar to what you will do with a T5 or T8 tube

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    Make sense to use downlights. I have at home but will monitor the current fixture over a few months. A member suggested I shouldn't change light frequently...
     
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    Pick n pay Phillips 7w daylight for R49.
    Might as well through in a spoiler alert

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    [WEEKLY UPDATE] 21/05/17

    Progress so far
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    DIY filtration overflow using 60mm downpipe (will get end cup in the week) as a weir and 40mm pvc pipe for the system.
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    Cloudy water
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    Planned filtration for the 10l bucket.
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    (sorry for the bad qaulity)

    [QUESTIONS]
    *Will the above filtration media be sufficient in clearing up the water?
    *Why doesn't the spraybar have constent flow from the holes?
    *Do I go for a canopy or pendent style for the lights?
     
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    Innocent159

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    Ready for Plants
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    Things to do:
    Clean tank water
    Get filter media
    Get lava rock
    Finish the cabinet with 3mm mdf and get ready for clading
    Clean up rough edges on light stand

     
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    Looking good!
     
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    I am curious ... if you going planted why the spraybar? I can argue either way on this, keen to hear your thinking.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Innocent159

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    spray bar is there for the emersed section as it will be an open tank. I need to keep the plants moist
     
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    ah ... ok will wait and see how it evolves ...
     
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    Very nice build so far... well done!
     
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    What's your take on it? I'm open for ideas. I want to redo it and only make holes where the rock actually come out of the water
     
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    Holes in the rock for the plants ?
     

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