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    I have used it before worked well for a year and a half

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    I would wait for a proper second hand fitting if it's t5, if you are looking for led's rather buy new as they have a limited working time

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    Any thoughts on led spotlights?
    Special on takealot


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    Lucky you ... you in for a treat ... loads of thoughts on LED lights
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    site:tropicalaquarium.co.za LED

    Now what works better than others largely depends on number of lights you are willing to add. Not all xWatt light gives 1) good plant spectrum (less of an issue if you push more lighting - yes controversial ) 2) acceptable lm/W - aim for > 80lm/W 3) Worth the price.


    @mr_meen has crazy DIY skills https://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/threads/diy-led-nano.28407/#post-357817 not sure what his success was with those on that project.

    This thread was our recent all-chip-in .. https://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/threads/led-bulbs.28750/

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    he he ... yeah those are the type that I had less success with but some of the others just upped the number of lights. At 30Watt that is allot of light - assuming the throw is the same as the 10 watt units you will probably need 2 actually 3 to cover all of the tank. If you are going down that line maybe 3 20watt units on your
    Look if it does not work for the fisk tank - well then you have a good security light for the house, so maybe worth an experiment?


    If you do .. please keep us posted on the pro's and con's ..

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    @f-fish Thanks man, I try.

    I only use LED on my shrimp tanks. They are 1 ft cubes and I have had amazing results. Plants are growing like mad at 6-7 hours light per day no dosing at all.

    They are 10-12 Watt lights bought at builders or ACDC for about 80 bucks.

    Will try post some pics when the tanks have been cleaned and trimmed :p
     
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    So had a moment 2 weekends ago. Bent a clip on my Eheim while cleaning the filter, water everywhere as the seal was not perfect. Not wanting to waste time I bought a Dophin C1600. Will eventually replace the Eheim clip so I have a proper backup. Had impeller issues with the Eheim 3 months ago and replaced that so know where to get the parts from.

    Used some of the Eheim media to seed the Dophin (and Seachem stability for a week).
    Filter is setup according to what I could figure out from the box:
    Bottom tray 1 - sponges came with filter
    2 - old sponges from Eheim
    3 - Eheim filter media
    4 - Seachem Matrix (new)
    5 - ceramic noodles that came with filter
    Trying to see if this is the correct setup or not and get different views from different articles and videos
     
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    Something FFish said the other day....
    Being able to track progress

    Gave 25 babies away last week. New count is 9 with more to come.

    Plants are doing OK. Battling with ferts but given where I started from I don't think things are that bad 3b1da82653ce27705a9c8d92dd42f2f0.jpg

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    Looks awesome!
     
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    It really does ... I have been coming back to his tank picture a few times now ... something is just keeps drawing me into the picture. I suspect it is that longing for easier days ... good old diamond crush some lekker rock and plants that go bos.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Where does one find that diamond crush gravel - do shops sell it
     
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    Most garden shops do. Either diamond or pea gravel

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    For a "beginner" that tank looks great.
    I wish that some of mine that have been going for a year or more could look that good.
     
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    Thanks for all the nice comments :)
     
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    Time for another update. Everything seems to be going well. Good growth on all the plants.
    But my java moss has taken a knock. Only things added was 3 guppies and shrimp.
    Went to aqua empire today and Richard does not believe that it is the shrimp...
    Ferts have not changed and neither has any other parameters.
    Anyway bought some nerite snails from him and a bristle nose male to accompany my female (probably going to harrass her)
    Also got some in vitro moss to supplement my fading java moss.
    Love the shrimp and already have seen very small ones. Need to give them some hiding places to continue breeding.
    Oh yes... Added another piece of wood and some needle java fern... Hope this also takes off soon
    Overall happy with progress.
    Will post another pic tomorrow after some trimming and the new moss added. ae840be30d10c46959e5f5f416fad0df.jpg

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    Looks very nice. Great variety of plants.
     
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