Coming out of the Closet

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  1. dean

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    after 35 years of fish keeping i finally admit im a closet plat fancier ;)
    so heres my first journal, and my first attempt at emmersed growing.

    I have been ill for some time now and have totally neglected my 3 tanks to the point where I hardly have any plants left, now im ready to start slow, so i have simply removed all the substrate from my trigon 350, thinking of going with ferns, moss etc on wood. My 35 litres is just a quarantine tank at moment with new plants just chucked in and my 20 litres has been moved to a shelf by my pillow, this needs some tlc and lots of work, but my first project is to try emmersed so heres what i have done so far.

    There is a built in cupboard at the bottom of the bed, you know the type with the slop bottom due to it being over the stairs, well ive had some shelves put in it and cleared out all the rubbish :)

    I dug out 2x9w CFL frm the fish house and installed them after painting the area white
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    next adding polystyrens to all three shelves and put on the heat mats
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    Wired all 4 mats to the stat
    Tidied up the wires and to fill up shelves
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    no lights on two small ones at moment as there are only mosses on them and budget would strecth to anything else
    thinking of putting the existing CFL above the lower shelves and installing either t5's or led over the main area,
    Whats your thoughts on lighting?
     
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  2. Arana

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    Now that's a closet, nice 1:)
     
  3. dean

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    Thanks Mark:oops:
     
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    Really nice
     
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    Now that is going for it mate nice set up dean
     
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    Been shopping today and bought a few plants to try either emersed or attached to wood in trigon 350

    Anubias Nana Bonzai
    Hemianthus Callitrichoides
    Anubias Congensi
    Anubias Nana
    Lilaeopsis Brasillensis
    Hydrophilia Pinnatifida
    Eleocharis Acicularis
    Anubias Heterophylia
    Echinodorus Magdalenensis

    plus received well package in the post

    Staurogyne Repens
    Hydrophilia Corymbosa Siamensis 53B
    Rotala Wallichii
    Hydrophilia sp Araguaia
    these will go into the 20l

    ANY TIPS ON ANY OF THE ABOVE GREATLY APPRECIATED
     
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    oh I forgot about the half coconut shell covered in java moss, looked so healthy just couldnt leave it behind :)
     
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    plus some sparkling gouramis :clap:
     
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    Quality fish, quality closet, but I think you might need a bit more light.

    cheers Darrel
     
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    Was going to move existing ones to the small shelves below at some point and get better for the big shelf
    Darrel what sort of light would you go with?
     
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    Dean what's your plan for all these bowls? What do u intend to do with them?

    Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    There just mini projects easy to handle at moment and some plant propagation as we may be moving soon so couldn't see the point of going to the trouble of a full scape in my trigon 350 just to tear it down a month later, plus I'm not well enough to do it. So these mini bowls keep me busy and allow me to try something new :)
     
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    Hi all,
    Probably T5 under cabinet link lights, 14W should be ample, they are 60cm. <T5 Slimline Fluorescent Fittings (Link Lights) - QVS Electrical Supplies | Electrical Wholesaler>.
    You need a light for the shelf, the light levels will be too low even for mosses. I'd definitely put the CFL's on the shelf and 2 x T5 for the plants above.

    cheers Darrel
     
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    Hi all
    I doubt there is much in it. The straight T5 emit slightly more light than a CFL, so I think 8W T5 or 9W CFL will be much the the same. The 8W electronic ballast runs T5 lamps up to 13W, but the 14W lamp runs off the ballast that runs up to 24W and they are much brighter.

    The 3 x 8W Boyu light units are quite good, but they still don't chuck out a huge amount of light.

    cheers Darrel
     
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    Hi Dean, I know this thread was way back ;) How did things go ??? That's one fantastic set up you have there:clap:
     
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    Unfortunately I moved so it all went
    It worked really well though
    I have one setup left that has been totally ignored for two years it's under the stairs since I moved with only a 3watt ikea led lamp on it and I'm amazed that's it's not only survived but plants have grown
    I'll try get some pics
     
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    Ho Sorry to hear that :( Looking forward to seeing some photos though :thumbup:
     
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    This has not been touched for 2 years
    Not been sprayed or had any heat
    I mean it's actually been neglected totally forgotten
    It is covered with the same cling film as the day I started it
    Just shows how resilient plants are
     
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