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Equipment List:

  • 2.5G Tank
  • 50w Stealth Heater
  • Hawkeye Pump (temporary, waiting for filter)
  • .5" Sand Bed
  • WTB: Palm Azoo Filter
  • WTB: DIY CFL hood/fixture

Aaaand that's it for now. Plants to come!

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B) I'm happy to own the most ghetto light system ever. It's just a compilation of random parts I had around the house. I made the reflector out of cardboard and aluminum foil. (27w 6500K bulb)

Yeah, I've got ballz.

Edited by iball1804, 15 January 2012 - 06:41 PM.


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Lol balls

You have skillz

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I'll change it later on. To make it not so "ghetto." But it works! omgomgomg

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That is the most epic ghetto I have every seen, Balls, you got ball swag.
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That is the most epic ghetto I have every seen, Balls, you got ball swag.

Thanks brah!

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Bump for da updateeee

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I'm going to let this little tank sit for a week or two (all the plants and substrate were cycled) until I add anything. I'll start with the plants! Yay! omgomgomg

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sounds exciting! man, you're making me want to setup a planted pico again.... <_<

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Sheesh if I can do it, you can. That light was very expensive. Guess how much! 0$ B)

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yeahhhh it's just that I'm already setting up a 40 breeder paludarium... but I can rig up a light like you did hahaha

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No one can! :haha:

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you're probably right, I wouldn't be able to stand the ghettoness!

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Another option is flourite. My plants root very easily in it and it's mineral rich but inert so it wont affect the water column. It also release micro nutrients that the plants can access through their roots.

My low tech tank includes anubias nana, anubuias golden, windlov java fern, christmas moss and java fern. All under 1.8 watts per gallon.

But if sand works for you there is no reason to change unless you like the look of flourite.

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Any reason your against CO2? You could go with a cheap-o setup, old two liter and yeast type setup.

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i have a bunch(30lbs) of plant substrate, you can have like 5 pounds for cost of shipping.

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dose excel! i think it melts some plants though.

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I really need to use a smaller bulb :unsure: I'll get a 13w tomorrow.

I'm against CO2 simply because I can. I want a stress free tank that is still pretty. I will does Excel (thanks Squared!). For right now, I'll stick with the sand I am currently using. F things start going downhill, then I'll switch to Flourite!

Stay posted everyone! :ninja:

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push some of those fertilizer tabs in the sand...not sure on how well they work though. i used sand once on a planted tank, did NOT go well. turned black and smelled really really bad. don't know why.

well actually im not sure my plants rooted in the sand...maybe that's why is stunk?

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i have a bunch(30lbs) of plant substrate, you can have like 5 pounds for cost of shipping.

do you my flourite substrate?

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Link to the tabs? Nawwww I'm not going to use Flourite right now.

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The fert tabs work AMAZINGLY. It brought plants back from the grave for me. If you look at my tank from underneath you can see all the roots shooting straight to the tabs.

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Link?

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Be careful with excel on a really small tank like that. If you dose too heavily it will kill off your bacteria and restart your cycle. The active ingredient in it is actually also sold as an antiseptic, you can buy it under the name Metricide 14 if you want and is cheaper and stronger concentration for people with big tanks.

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Link?


sorry i have no link