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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:15 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

 Nice  looking  forest  now   Thumb Up
 BTW  which  LED  lights  are  you  using?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:49 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

                                                   
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Nice  looking  forest  now   Thumb Up
 BTW  which  LED  lights  are  you  using?                

 
 Thanks.  I  bought  it  off  aliexpress,  works  well  for  low-tech  and  low-height  tanks  IMO.
 Here's  the  product  link:  
 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1pc-Underwater-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Fishbowl-Light-SMD-11W-50-CM-LED-Light-Lamp/32496366052.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.IlYy8R
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:23 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

 Quick  update:  I  am  done  installing  the  temperature  controlled  DC  fan  setup  and  this  tiny  thing's  now  keeping  my  tank  temperatures  between  26  -  27  degrees  C.  Bought  it  off  aliexpress  and  works  like  a  charm.  Needs  a  little  bit  of  simple  programming  and  you  are  good  to  go.
 I  have  specifically  set  a  hysteresis  of  1  degree  C  to  keep  the  fluctuation  at  a  minimum.  Keeping  it  to  2  lead  to  higher  evaporation,  requiring  more  frequent  top  ups  for  such  a  small  tank  and  thereby  greater  TDS  fluctuations.  The  fans  are  started  once  temperature  hits  27  and  are  shut  off  on  reaching  26.  Once  shut  off,  the  temperature  creeps  back  up  to  27  in  about  90  minutes  which  I  think  is  fine  for  a  difference  of  1  degree  fluctuation.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:04 am Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

 Is  just  2.5W  LED  light  enough  for  a  15Litre  tank?  I  read  many  articles  saying  it  be  2X  per  gallon,then  i  beileve  it  should  be  atleast  8W.  isnt  it?
 
 
                                                 
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Hi  Friends,
 
 Hope  you  are  doing  great!
 I  am  returning  to  this  hobby  after  a  short  break  and  want  to  seek  your  guidance  to  avoid  any  obvious  mistakes  that  I  might  make,  out  of  haste  or  excitement.  But  if  I  may  say,  I  do  have  little  experience  (~2  years)  in  fish  keeping  and  planted  tanks  and  am  aware  of  some  of  the  basics.  So  kindly  guide  me  accordingly.
 
 Below  is  my  what  I  possess  and  also  what  my  target  is.  
 What  I  am  most  concerned  about  is  if  the  LED  lights  I  have  are  good  enough  for  the  low-tech  forest-like  setup  I  am  planning.
 I  will  try  to  post  some  pics  shortly.
 
 Tank:
 18Lx7Wx6H  (approx  15  litres)
 
 Light:
 Chinese  made  White+Blue  LED  Clip-on,  around  2.5W  power  consumption
 
 Filter:
 Chinese  HOB,  200LPH
 
 Substrate:
 Few  kgs  River  gravel,  approx  3-6mm  grain  size
 
 Target  Setup:
 Low  maintenance,  low  cost(?),  low-tech,  forest  look  (no  fancy  scape)
 
 Target  Flora:
 Anything  low-light  that's  small  enough  to  fit  in  my  tank,  works  with  my  lights  and  can  resemble  a  jungle  look  
 
 Target  Fauna:
 Single  Betta,  with  may  be  few  RCS
 
 Back-up:
 I  have  all  the  required  ferts  and  liquid  Co2  spared  from  my  previous  setups,  but  want  to  NOT  use  any  of  these.
 
 Hope  to  hear  from  you.  Thanks  so  much  in  advance.                
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:58 am Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

 I  am  not  an  expert  on  lighting  but  I  believe  I  received  a  go-ahead  with  the  proposed  setup  owing  to  my  7"  inch  height  tank  and  the  low  light  requirement.  From  what  I  have  read,  the  WPG  rule  was  coined  for  T8  lights  and  are  not  really  valid  for  today's  LED  setups  we  see,  however  its  still  used  as  a  general  guideline.  LED's  are  much  more  efficient  and  can  squeeze  out  higher  brightness  (read  lumens)  for  the   same  wattage.
 
 Also  please  note  my  final  setup  changed  from  my  initial  plan  and  I  don't  have  the  2.5W  light.  I  switched  to  a  6W  LED  light  that  has  given  me  good  results  with  EI  and  excel  dosing.  Hope  this  helped.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:50 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

 Thanks.  Do  you  use  co2  in  your  tank?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:00 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

                                                   
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Thanks.  Do  you  use  co2  in  your  tank?                

 
 Yes,  like  I've  mentioned  in  my  posts  above,  I  use  only  Seachem  Excel  for  liquid  carbon.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:49 pm Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

 What  do  you  mean  by  EI  in  the  below  post?  Iam  new  to  all  these  so  please  bear  with  me.
 
 
                                                 
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I  am  not  an  expert  on  lighting  but  I  believe  I  received  a  go-ahead  with  the  proposed  setup  owing  to  my  7"  inch  height  tank  and  the  low  light  requirement.  From  what  I  have  read,  the  WPG  rule  was  coined  for  T8  lights  and  are  not  really  valid  for  today's  LED  setups  we  see,  however  its  still  used  as  a  general  guideline.  LED's  are  much  more  efficient  and  can  squeeze  out  higher  brightness  (read  lumens)  for  the   same  wattage.
 
 Also  please  note  my  final  setup  changed  from  my  initial  plan  and  I  don't  have  the  2.5W  light.  I  switched  to  a  6W  LED  light  that  has  given  me  good  results  with  EI  and  excel  dosing.  Hope  this  helped.                
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:54 am Post subject: Re: Restarting hobby - Planted pico setup [Pics Updated] Reply with quote

 EI  ->  Estimative  Index,  its  a  method  of  fertilizer  dosing  for  planted  tanks.
 
 I  would  suggest  you  read  up  on  the  following  concepts  before  you  start  with  your  first  planted  tank.
 There  are  tons  of  posts  explaining  all  these  here  in  IAH  and  a  quick  search  should  get  you  started  on  the  right  path.
 -  Nitrogen  Cycle
 -  Starting  with  a  planted  tank  (there's  a  great  series  by  late.  Trevor  sir)
 -  Planted  tank  substrates
 -  Low  light  planted  tanks
 -  Liquid  Carbon  dosing
 
 Hope  this  helps.
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