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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby HEMADRI » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:40 pm

Hi friends,

Rajan would murram the red soil in birbhum suffice for the laterite?

Any alternative to expensive lighting systems. I am a DIY sort so if i set up abt 10ft of led under the hood will it do. I am restricting myself to anubia ferns n moss fr the time being.

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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby sreepadma » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:52 pm

PLL, T8, T5 .... you can easily DIY very good light fixtures with these.
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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby HEMADRI » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:56 pm

Tks
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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby amitava » Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:31 am

HEMADRI,

First of all very warm welcome to the forum and the fantastic hobby.

You can jolly well use laterite and sand for the base only check is that you sock the laterite overnight and drain out excess water to make that a thick mud. Use that as your base substrate and top up with sand. Sand should be around 3-4mm thick grain. That will not compact and will not block the roots. Laterite is lying plenty on the side of Bombay road. Just pick them up.

Go for DOLPHIN or SUNSUN filters which are having around 1000 lts. per hour rate.

For the light, you can use 4 Cheap LED flood light setup or normal house hold tubes. For you kind of setup, use 6 of philips truelight tubes.

CO2 setup is not very expensive. you can talk to Buro at Galiff any Sunday regarding that. will cost you around 2.5 - 3 K.

If you want to have local plants, go for those. But please sock the plants if potassium permanganate solution for 5-10 mins and wash them good before planting. That will kill all the unwanted guests.

Use your power head for circulation and CO2 mixing as well.

You will surely face lots of issues like algae etc.. Don't bother. That's the fun his wonderful hobby.
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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby HEMADRI » Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:29 pm

Amitava
Thanks for your advice. The guidance I have received on this forum has been great.
Lights - T8's 6500K
Laterite- Took a bagfull free frm the roadside t6500K
Gravel - River sand 4mm + frm a local construction site
Filter-Sunsun with uv
And much more.
My substrate, lighting, filtration systems are set up for a fully planted box. Initially however Ill be sharpening my skills with easy plants and if required DIY CO2.
By the way Im mixing 3L of Platinum with the laterite.
I am waiting fr all the equipment to arrive frm on line stores before pouring water.
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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby HEMADRI » Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:00 pm

Hi Friends,
Today taking Sreepadmas advise I rigged up 3 T8 lights
6500K
30W LED each
2400 Lumens each
They are blindingly bright. Is that much light needed. 70 gallons box?
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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby HEMADRI » Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:56 am

Hi
Wud appreciate some help regarding the light query. Also what would the minimum number of hours the lights require to be kept on.
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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby sreepadma » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:44 pm

Just the 3 T8 should be good enough for a low light planted tank.

But why those 30 W LED?

6 to 8 hrs of photo-period is good.
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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby HEMADRI » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:47 pm

Sreepadma
The t8's r 30w. No other lights. Tks fr the photo period info.

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Re: Information overload - Help

Postby SanamMarik » Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:10 pm

HEMADRI wrote:Sreepadma
The t8's r 30w. No other lights. Tks fr the photo period info.

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Dada, putting LEDs inside a cylinder of 1" diameter doesnt make it a t8 tube. It will b led lamp only. Nd leds are measured in Length x breadth.

T4/t5/t8/t12 are measurements for fluorescent tubes only afaik.

@Sreepadma, jst being curious-why t8 nd nt t5?
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