Luke's 4 foot

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  1. Lowflyer7

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    Hi guys and girls

    So after 3 months of having a 2 foot setup, my wife decided I can upgrade to a 4 foot (the biggest tank I've had).

    I am fetching it tomorrow. Bought it second hand for a pretty good deal.

    Watch this space. The picture is still at the current owner's house. It will be much improved in due time :D

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    Upgrades are always good. Just don't get rid of the other tank. You might get to set it up when the other half allows it. Can't wait for the foto's

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    Thanks Pierre.

    Unfortunately the wife has already asked me to sell the 2 foot to help me fund a bit of equipment for the 4 foot :)

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    Ok then it is time to employe plan B. Just tell her that there is not a big market for 2ft tanks as everybody upgrades to bigger tanks, like you did. And you will not get nearly half of the tanks value if you do sell it. When it goes into storage it won't get damaged and will save you a lot of money if you plan to setup a 2ft again. But the most important part is don't let her view this post.

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    Awesome @Lowflyer7 , congratulations!

    Hahha @pierreschoonraad is a master at this, take his advice!

    And...Dont worry... You can see she is getting hooked too... next she will say you can have a 5ft
     
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    Haha! I don't know how I have managed it, but my wife has a 2 foot in her classroom and our daughter has a 1.5 foot in her room, plus we have the 2 foot in the kitchen and now getting the 4 foot in the lounge/dining area!
     
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    So, considering I have a tight budget at the best of times. I either have to buy a HOB filter or build my own internal sump. Any suggestions?
     
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    Doing some shopping on Takealot. Will these light fittings work for a planted tank? It is going to be a planted tank.

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    That light will work. Only change I will make is to replace the frosted cover for a clear one.

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    actually - somebody had some good results with that type of light in the past ... hmmmm who was it again?

    Later Ferdie

    PS that is about the correct amount of light for a 4ft .. power wise the lm per watt is OK 85lm/watt is good going Check the amount of heat it pushes out ... that might be an issue unless you ditch the canopy - do glass sliders. Then you can easily remove the frosted diffuser and have a great setup. low evaporation. Better heat retention in winters .. and no 220volts ac near water vapor.

    Hmm might actually get one of those myself if you like the light and it works for you. Great find.


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    Awesome. It says it is LED, so heat shouldn't be an issue :D
     
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    So I took delivery today. Got a bit of work to do on the tank, so it'll take a while to get it up and running. I want to make sure I do this properly because I need to prove to my wife it was a worthwhile buy :D

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    Any tank is a worthwhile buy

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    Very true and wise words!
     
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    Congratulations @Lowflyer7

    Now you can have some fun... enjoy!!
     
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    @pierreschoonraad what do you think of 2 of these lights for a 4 foot planted tank?

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    That can work. If you go low tech plants it should do the trick. Place them just high enough above the aquarium to cover the bottom of the tank. Although I have had better growth with a normal cfl globe of 13W on my breeding rack. Ok it is just moss I'm growing in foto 1 and foto 2 shows the distance of light above tank[​IMG][​IMG]

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    That looks good, but this will be my display tank. So I want a more daylight kind of look, while also growing plants.
     
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    Understandable. It is also not that easy to make a cfl globe looking good. The spot lights will work as they look neat and give good light

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