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Location : Eugene, OR

PostSubject: Rick's 90g Planted Rainbowfish Community Tank   Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:36 pm


Dimensions: 48"x 18"x 26"
Gallons: 90
Filtration: Rena Filstar XP4
Heating: 1 x 300w + 1 x 200w Fluval M Series
Lighting: 48" 108w Hagen Glo T5HO strip, 1 x 6500k + 1 x 10,000k bulbs
Substrate: Gravel
Aquascape: Bogwood, driftwood, resin pagoda
Plants: Ludwigia repens, Anubias, java fern, Vallisneria, red melon sword

Stock List:

4 x Melanotaenia boesemani (Boeseman's Rainbowfish)
5 x Melanotaenia lacustris (Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish, Turquoise Rainbofish)
4 x Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi (Lake Tebera Rainbowfish)
1 x Melanotaenia sp. (Goyder River Rainbowfish)
6 x Paracheirodon simulans (Green Neon Tetra)
5 x Paracheirodon innesi (Neon Tetra)
1 x Epalzeorhynchos frenatum (Rainbow Shark)
2 x Otocinclus vittatus (Oto)
1 x Platydoras armatulus (Striped Raphael Catfish)
1 x Ancistrus sp. (Bristlenose Pleco)
2 x Botia almorhae (Yoyo Loach)

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Still workin' on it...
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PostSubject: Pics?   Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:25 am

I want to see how your plants are responding to your setup. Also, what do you think about the value of your lights? Are they worth what you paid of them? I'm in the market for new lights and I haven't decided what to get yet. I have a 72g bowfront, heavily planted, and I need at least 3W/Gallon.
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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 90g Planted Rainbowfish Community Tank   Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:11 pm

The plants aren't doing so hot, but that's because the tank isn't balanced, and due to plumbing issues I was unable to do a water change for a while. Yesterday I rearranged things, scraped BBA from my driftwood, and began hoping for a quick recovery.

As for the light, it's not worth what I paid for it, but it's worth what you can get it for online. I bought it on impulse from Pet Time, and paid way too much. My only complaints about the product itself is that it doesn't use a separate reflector for each bulb, it doesn't have an on/off switch, and it doesn't have individual power cords for each bulb. It easily provides enough light for my 90g.

The thing to keep in mind when talking WPG, is that those equations are based on T-12 lighting. T-5, not only packs more watts into a smaller package, but the intensity of those watts and their effect on the plants is much greater, per watt. You're looking for 3 WPG of T-12 lighting, which would be 216w. If you were to put 216w of T-5 over a 75 gallon tank, you'd better be pumping a ton of Co2 & ferts in to balance it out or you'll have a tank full of nice thick algae.
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