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Lighting The Cheapskate Way
August 26, 2009
11:12 am
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Ok I,m going to get a gasps of exclamation and disgust here i expect
but
the 170 ltr tank i inherited had a very dull flourescent tube of some description and i needed to replace it
Being a little broke and balking at the prices of the tubesreccomended by various shopkeepers
i sat at home thinking about this and the potential enrgy costs
and had a flash of inspiration {the kind that a noobie gets when not understanding the full concepts of waterplant lighting requirements}
THE result-: 2 standard angled bayonet lightfittings a coupler, 3metres of 2 core cable
and 2 daylight emmiting energy saving bulbs (100 wattt equivalent)
all fixed and fitted inside the wooden lid of my tank with with tin foil piecases as reflctors lol

I have had plants in this tank for nearly 3 weeks now and they are all doing reasonably welll showing good signs of growth
i feed liquid at the reccomended dose once a week

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August 27, 2009
8:22 pm
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My first tank had a little tungsten bulb at the back. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> I take it you've had no problems with overheating or condensation on the bulb connectors?

Cake or death?
August 28, 2009
9:29 pm
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YEAH there is a condensation problem but i leave the lid open during light times
and being honest the aireation via the filter dropping water into the tank creating bubbles do leave a potential for hard water deposits when the bubbles pop
but other than that things are still going sweet
additionall question tho as i,m totally new to this
i,m going to take some detritus feeders from a stream tiny freshwater shrimps mostly .....will they adapt to slight salt content i have in my aquarium?, i only dosed at 1/2 the reccomended, but my intention is to create an ecosystem rather than a display
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and the the other one is just for C0 2[ i think i got the plans for the DIy

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August 29, 2009
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Are you taking them from a UK stream? If so I doubt it tbh.

Cake or death?
August 29, 2009
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yeah there british and it was a british pet shop that said they would be ok but ive since noticed whitespot so am treating that right now [mistaken decision to by cheep black neons at 70pence a shot,3 were infected ] with a 10 day treatment plus the salt
the plants havent died as yet and 4 daysin the treatment is working,
ill wait see till the current infection is gone then let you kno

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