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Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Tom Barr, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Wwh2694

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    Hey Tom is that a vortech mp10 or mp20? How do u like it? Coz im planning to get one.
     
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    MP20, the glass is 1/2" and the MP10 does not quite hang well.
    I like it and use it on lower settings.

    There is not a low of plants to slow the flow down in this tank.
    At least not for a few more months etc.
     
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    Hey Tom. That's a sweet tank. BTW did I understand right that this is a 4 bulb Tek light on this tank? How is that working out on this 30" wide tank? You notice any problems getting enough light in the front or the back or the tank?
     
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    The hood is 22" wide, and I use the outer most lamps, so the spread is fine. I also have it 16" above the tank, so it spreads out more.
     
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    any updated pics?
     
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    Goldie pleco tore up the grass, but I might.

    I'm thinking about redoing the layout, I want some more color and different plant species and have a different piece of wood that will fit the layout idea.
     
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    Is this something I should take into account before I grow a nice HC carpet in a tank I will probably put plecos in?
     
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    Yes. HC and larger plecos are a no no.

    Gold nuggets when they are smaller are fine etc, some others.
     
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    These are bushy nose plecos. I've had them since Feb. Grew quick... they're about 3 or 4 inches now and getting fat.
     
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    I have a bushy nose Pleco as well, nothing fancy just a black variety. He's hides a lot, but he comes outs out every so often to munch on my swords and dig up the foreground plants as he clunks around the tank for food. He's gnarled out some pretty cool looking patterns in the driftwood too (yeah he eats wood) He's 10 years old now, and about 6" long. Much bigger than the 1 inch fish he was when I got him. I'm growing, or rather trying to grow Crypt parva in the foreground and so far so good. It seems to be rooted deep enough for him not to rip if up as compared to the grass.

    BTW just curious. What is the Blue box for in your cabinet? And by the way I can't believe how simple the setup is on this. If i was to do it again I would ditch the two canisters I'm running on my 120 gallon and run a sump like this. Back then though it seemed the consensus was that you lost too much Co2, but you seem to have a solution for that.
    [​IMG]
     
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    If fed well they won't mess with the swords usually.

    The blue box is the controller for the vortech powerhead.
     
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    The solution is "duct tape"
     
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    2 questions

    What pump are you using on this and how loud is the overflow? Did you throttle the overflow somehow or are you just flowing enough through it to keep it from sucking air and forcing it down through the sump? - S
     
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    Lifeguard pump, the over flow is not loud at all, I hardly notice it.
    Yes, most folks use a valve to adjust the flow.
    Ideally, you use a pump just barely more than you want in terms of flow.

    Otherwise you waste energy.
     
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    Saw you in other forum, it seems the model you are using is Rainbow Lifegard Quiet One Aquarium Pump 3000.
    If true, that's impressive, 780 gph with low power consumption, just 13.5w.

    However the head max worries me, just 4.37 ft. I wonder how much flow is left in real world use.
    But it seems working for you.
     
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    That head is for the 800. The 3000 had a max head of 10.3 ft and uses 55 w.
     
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    Indeed. The web I looked at messes the data up.
    Thanks.
     
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    On my 180 gal,
    Switched my LG external pump out for a lifeguard in the sump without pressure other than the 4ft of head.

    I reduced the power consumption by a factor of 2.
    Noise by 20 dB.
    Hassle of cleaning those OC filter canisters.
    Have surface skimming.
    Removed the heater and the Needle wheel from the tank, have better flow

    This 120 is coming along but my stem groups need to grow out a lot more.
     
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    I am really looking forward to watching this tank as it matures. I'm sure that it is going to be gorgeous! That is the nicest piece of wood that I have ever seen!! Seeing tanks this nice sure motivates others to do well or try to do well (well, at least it does for me, for sure! :) ).
     
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    Gorgeous setup, Tom.
    May I ask you - out of the blue - you and I live in earthquake country (I believe) - have you given any thought to any additional protection - or is it really unnecessary. I had something from very long ago from the krib, a guy named Laurence from Caltech mentioned tying the tank to the stand, or something...

    mike
     
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