New Setup 300l

hanno

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Hello,

I've been reading this forum for quite a long time now. Since I want to setup a new tank in the next weeks, I'd like to discuss the setup and materials with you.

I'll take one of these measurements for a pool tank with transparent silicone glue:

l b h
120 x 50 x 40 cm
120 x 50 x 50 cm

What would you prefer? - Especially with regard to sufficient light intensity at the bottom...

3 x 54 W T5 bulbs with standard reflectors like in
T5 Hänge o. Ständer Lampe 3x54W statt HQI 120cm Tropicl bei eBay.de: Beleuchtung (endet 29.04.09 14:28:01 MESZ)

pressurized CO2 with internal DIY Venturi reactor like it was presented at this page as it worked very well for another tank.
I'll choose a large external Filter , maybe one of Eheim's Professional 3 Series or DIY filter tank.

As Soil I'd like to take DRAK's Terrdrakon (Startseite - DRAK-Aquaristik) and a dark brown sand 0.4 - 0.8 millimeters. As a fertilizer I'll take Ferrdrakon, Ferrdrakron K and Eudrakon.

The Layout should be something like to planted islands, a bigger and a smaller one, prefferably with carpets of HC around them and non planted shores, covered with the brown sand and a few tiny stones. The smaller island is planned to be a little more to the back and should appear a little wilder and more mysterious than the larger one. - Maybe someone could suggest some stem plants for this effect?. At both islands I'd like to make use of thin branches of wood ( can I take oak from a local forest?) an moss. The tank will be open or just covered with glass.

Any suggestions are highly welcome!

Kind Regards,
Hanno
 

VaughnH

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3 54 watt T5HO bulbs, with individual reflectors, spread out across the top of the tank, will give plenty of light with either tank. If you use pressurized CO2, which will almost have to be used, you should be able to grow anything you want to. Using a fixture like the one you linked to might give too much light in the center of the tank, and too little at the front and back. Much better would be 3 individual fixtures with one bulb apiece.
 

hanno

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Dec 21, 2006
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Hi Vaughn,

thanks for your reply! - I will take single Fixtures an build my own device. I found some DIY T5 Kits at ebay. A kit for 2x54W is about 45 € and the same in dimmable is 70. - I think I'll take two sets, so 4x54W.

For the tank I decided to take 115x50x50. then I have light from end to end. What I'm still looking for are reflectors. I've read that some people use parabolic reflectors, but I can't find them in a shop (online and local) Any hints?


Thank you very much,
Hanno
 

hanno

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There are lots of reflectors out there, but most of them don't have a high V-Shape, which would be optimal. I used standard reflectors of different brands in all of my tank hoods before. Now I'm looking for optimal equipment...
The one you posted seems to be better than the others, but one can hardly tell about the exact shape by the picture.