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Lighting 10' tank with 3 x 12" Finnex Planted+


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#1 CanadaPleco

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:45 PM

So I was messing around a little with my tank this afternoon and decided to put less light on it.

 

Give it a more natural dimly lit look.  I don't have real plants (can't with the school of around 20 Silver Dollars), so the only need for light is to see the fish.

 

I put 1 x 12" light to about a 3 foot section.  I think it looks awesome.   Picture is kinda crappy and doesn't do it justice, but its a neat look.

 

the dark spot in the middle is because of a massive piece of wood i took out of the lake.  Its about 3 feet long, and goes from the front to the back of the tank. The fish all hang out around and under it, 

 

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:37 AM

I think the combination of dark and light spots and that giant piece of wood is perfect.  Makes it a more natural habitat with overhangs and shade and sun.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:33 AM

Nice Rich - just need 1000 cardinals in there!

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:32 PM

No cardinals in here... I had 20 or so, they got eaten or likely died in the overflow.  WAY too much current for them, at 10,000 gph running through it.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 04:03 PM

You need 50 - 100 rams in there then. ;)
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 05:57 PM

Don't think they would like the current either.  Its pretty funny watching the 30 off columbian tetras I have... if they get into the high flow part they swim as fast as they can and just go backwards.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 06:13 PM

I have some mega big flows in my tanks too, but my lemon tetras and cardinals find shelter in the eddies behind rocks and wood just like they would do in the wild.  It's actually pretty funny watching them swim in place at one place where their swimming keeps them from being blown backwards when they want to get to where the food is being washed down from the surface at feeding time (in the wake of the Vortech MP10).


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:41 PM

 

Video of the tank.  iPhone video so not great, but gives better representation of what 3 little 12" lights can do on a 10 foot by 2 foot tank.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 09:29 PM

That's the effect I want on my discus tank when it gets going!


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:12 PM

Finally I installed a wall timer for the lights on the tank.   The timer actually controls 6 plugs :)  All of which are used for lighting only.   Been so fish lazy lately, all time has been in the garden as I am sure many others are doing now as well.

 

Almost completely automated now, only have to add food to the feeder once a week or so and change the filter socks when they aren't working so well.

 

Easiest tank Ive ever had to look after and I love it!


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 12:48 AM

Looks Good Rich I really like the lighting



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 05:21 AM

The pink tails look great, grab some more geophagus cause they look awesome



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Posted 14 June 2014 - 05:53 PM

Ive got 6 or 8 Geos in their, 2 types, all WC.

 

Those are the pink tails I got from you Steve a few years ago.  They seem to have stopped growing now, around 6-7" 


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 06:40 PM

Nice setup - where's the Pleco shots? The geo xinguensis, lapidifer and teleocichla would love that high flow setup!

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:15 AM

Wow very nice setup! What kind of sand are you using?




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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:06 AM

That's an awesome tank setup.  Was it a custom made tank at 10'? Did you do it yourself?  I would love to have a huge tank but hubby.....:-)



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:11 AM

yup it was custom made, I originally was trying to do 12' but couldn't find a place to do it.  If I were to do over I would do the dimensions differently though.  Its 120"x24"x I think 21" tall.

 

I'd do it 120"x36"x24" and Id do in acrylic over glass.

 

Thanks for the comments.  Its been a lot of time and not crazy expensive (done over many years all the internals, getting it right).

 

There are a few other threads about this tank on the forum :)


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Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:13 AM

Wow very nice setup! What kind of sand are you using?

 

Its 3m quartz sand, not made anymore.  Its from a pool supply store (cannot remember the name or even location now as I bought it so long ago).  Ive got at least 200-250lbs in there, as well as some gravel, and all the rocks and most of the wood is locally found in my yard or river down the road (country living).


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