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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:45 am Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

                                                   
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Just  got  done  with  a  water  change,  and  voila,  its  time  to  click  away!  My  usual  turn  around  time  of  100  days!  The  tank  is  just  about  100  to  110  days  old.
 
 Erioculon,  my  favorite  plant  in  this  tank:
 
 
 
 This  is  to  show  the  tank,  in  its  context:
 
 
 
 Front  of  the  tank:
 
 
 
 
 Hi,
 
 Good  Good  GOOD,  its  really  Beautiful,never  seen  like  this  befoore.
 Keep  it  up.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:46 am Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  all   the  encouraging  replies,  and  kind  words.
 
 Actually,  in  my  opinion,  the  photos  dont  do  any  justice  to  the  tank,  as  the  tank  looks  much  better,  and  with  my  limited  knowledge  of  photography,  I  am  really  unable  to  reproduce  the  impact  on  pictures!
 
 Once  again,  thanks  for  the  replies!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:20 am Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 Hi  Nitin,
 Wonderful  tank,feast  for  the  eye
 keep  it  up
 with  warm  regards
 Shishir  Kamat
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:49 am Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 MaxV,
 
 The  tank  was  originally  planned  to  be  24  inches  tall.  I  couldnt  source  the  support  blocks  that  I  needed  to  support  my  light  fixture  with.  So,  I  made  it  27  inches,  and  lowered  the  lights  into  the  tank,  so  it  looks  compact.
 
 Aquarius  Indica,
 
 The  lighting  fisture  is  Made  By  Philips.  Its  actually  the  kind  of  fixture  you  see  in  false  cielings,  in  offices.  This  one  was  originally  made  to  accomoodate  2  feet  tubelights,  4  of  them.  The  best  part  is  the  reflector.  They  call  it  Mirror  Optics,  and  its  amazing.  The  light  reflection  is  so  good,  you  dont  waste  any  light.  These  reflectors  make  a  major  difference.  The  shop  owner  is  very  very  accomodative,  and   really  is  patient  enough  to  answer  all  my  questions.  
 
 You  wont  believe  it  if  I  tell  you.  There  are  soooooo  many  light  shopwallas  out  there,  who  dont  even  know  that  there  is  a  55Watt  range  in  PL  Lighting.  they  look  at  me  as  if  I  am  from  another  planet,  when  I  ask  them  about  wattage,  leave  alone  CRI,  and  Color  Temperature.  
 
 My  man  is  damn  cool.  He  asks  me  about  the  numbers,  when  he  doesnt  know,  and  learns  too.  He  gave  me  a  cool  idea,  when  I  told  him  I  was  looking  for  increased  wattage  of  lighting  in  the  6000  to  8000Kelvin  range,  in  an  area  of  24  by  24  inches  fixture.  I  told  him  I  was  looking  for  a  wattage  of  180  to  220  Watts.  He  then  gave  me  this  solution.  Take  the  fixture  for  the  2  feet  tubes,  and  install  the  55  Watt  PLLs.  They  are  about  18  to  20  inches  long.
 
 Best  part,  he  was  willing  to  take  back  the  ballasts  and  holders  that  came  with  the  fixture,  at  same  cost.  he  was  willing  to  do  the  whole  thing  for  me  at  no  extra  cost.And,  he  would  take  it  back,  if  I  dint  like  it.
 
 The  ballasts  are  from  Philips,  Holland,  and  the  bulbs,  he  couldnt  source  Philips  55  Watts  at  6500K.  So  he  got  me  some  other  Japanese  bulbs,  that  were  6500K.
 
 Thats  how  I  ended  up  with  these  lights.  They  are  fabulous.  I  am  more  than  satisfied  with  these.  Though  I  was  an  ardent  fan  of  MH,  they  dont  really  give  you  what  you  need  if  your  power  source  is  not  right.  And  usually  it  isnt.  I  will  then  need  to  use  step  up  transformers,  to  keep  them  at  that  230Volts.  
 
 For  anyone  trying  out  these  lights  next,  I  suggest  you  try  overdriving  PLLs.  Like  say,  use  the  65Watt  ballast,  for  the  55  Watt  bulbs.  Should  be  great,  I  am  sure.
 
 Heating  is  not  an  issue.  My  ballasts  are  110  Watts,  and  each  ballast  handles  2  bulbs.  I  have  a  12mm  cover  glass  between  the  lights  and  the  tank.  The  glass  insulates  well,  and  I  dont  have  a  heating  issue.  I  make  it  a  point  to  keep  the  window  behind  the  tank  always  open[during  the  photoperiod].  Thats  my  only  cooling  mechanism.
 
 Hope  that  helped!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:19 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 Hi
 
 Nytyn
 
 Splendid,  your  Tank  gives  us  all,  good  inspiration  to  keep  Planted  Tanks  like  yours,  a  Great  work  done,  keep  it  up.  Drinking  
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:23 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 That  really  helps.  Thanks  a  lot  for  the  detailed  description.  And  it  is  always  good  to  have  such  friendly  sellers  on  your  side.  Is  it  possible  for  me  to  collect  some  electrical  stuffs  from  your  man  if  I  come  down  to  Coimbatore?  
 
 Now  I  have  few  more  doubts,  does  your  coverglass  have  holes  in  it  for  the  gases  and  water  vapours  to  escape?  Won't  the  condensation  of  water  vapour  on  the  cover  glass  reduce  itz  transperancy?  What  material  the  hood  is  made  up  of?
 
 And  some  more  things,  what  timer  are  you  using  to  regulate  the  light  and  co2.  How  much  does  it  cost  in  coimbatore?  And  the  solenoid  valve?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 12:31 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 Hi  nytyn
 
   Â   Thats  a  bueatiful  tank!!!!  Â Clapping  Â   Clapping  
 
   Â Really  like  the  Eriocaulon.I  have  been  tring  to  get  this  plant,  where  did  you  get  it  from??  Do  let  me  know  what  you  think  of  my  4  ft  tank!
 
   Â   Regards
   Â   Â   Harshal.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:27 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 About  the  air  flow,  there  is  a  gap  on  either  side  of  the  light,  so  there  is  a  bit  of  air  circulation.  Condensation  is  very  very  minimal,  or  next  to  zero.  I  need  to  clean  my  cover  glass,  once  a  month,  or  month  and  a  half  only.
 
 Look  at  the  gap  from  the  top.
 
 
 
 Maybe,  if  I  need  more  ciculation  in  the  future,  I  will  install  fans  on  either  side.  Maybe  4  small  fans  pushing  in  air  at  one  side,  and  4  small  fans  pulling  out  air  through  the  other  side.
 
 And,  this  is  how  the  hood  looks  from  the  front.  Goes  in,  so  I  dont  really  need  a  hood.  Just  the  lighting  fixture  would  do!
 
 
 
 And  about  timers,  I  use  the  Frontier.  Same  thing  the  Bangalore  guys  use.  Look  at  how  cluttered  my  cabinet  is.
 
 
 
 Take  a  look  at  my  panel.  I  have  a  cool  electrician,  who  does  all  this  for  me.  Doesnt  charge  me  much,  doesnt  ask  too  many  questions,  and  doesnt  charge  too  much  too!  I  just  realize  that  I  have  been  lucky  to  have  so  many  good  things  around  me!  Notice  that  I  have  2  timer  controlled  sockets  and  two  direct  sockets.  The  timers  control  the  CO2,  and  the  lights.  I  prefer  my  Co2  to  kick  in  1  hour  before  lights  on,  and  switch  off  1  hour  before  lights  off.  Thats  why  I  have  2  timers.  I  strongly  believe  that  this  is  not  absolutely  necessary.  You  could  still  make  do  with  one  timer,  and  I  DO  know  people  with  absolutely  stunning  tanks,  with  their  CO2,  and  lights  on  the  same  timer.  Just  a  personal  preference  thing!
 
 
 
 Thats  it  for  now!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:35 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 Harsha,
 
 I  love  the  Eriocaulon.  I  got  it  from  Bangkok,  as  small  babies.  They  have  grown  to  be  lovely  specimens.
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 Ah!  whithin  that  time  you  got  some  good  pictures  to  explain  the  whole  setup.  How  sweet  of  you.  Thanks  a  lot  for  all  the  help,  it  has  now  become  like  a  photo  tutorial,  it  is  great  to  have  all  the  open  minded  helping  people  like  you  around.  
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 Was  toying  with  settings  in  the  manual  mode  of  my  digicam.  I  would  like  to  first  admit  that  I  am  zero  when  it  comes  to  photography,  and  am  only  familiar  with  the  auto  mode  in  my  camera!
 
 here's  what  I  came  up  with:
 
 
 
 
 
 Hope  you  enjoyed  it!
 
 Thanks  once  again  for  all  the  words  of  encouragement  and  appreciation.
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 And  nytyn,
 Can  I  have  a  look  at  your  pressurised  co2  setup  too?  Where  have  you  hided  your  co2  cylinder?  
 
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Was  toying  with  settings  in  the  manual  mode  of  my  digicam.  I  would  like  to  first  admit  that  I  am  zero  when  it  comes  to  photography,  and  am  only  familiar  with  the  auto  mode  in  my  camera!
 
 here's  what  I  came  up  with:
 
 Hope  you  enjoyed  it!
 
 Thanks  once  again  for  all  the  words  of  encouragement  and  appreciation.                

 
 Ah!  I  know  you  were  trying  the  amano  style  photography  Very Happy  Did  you  use  a  tripod  when  you  shot  those?  And  what  is  your  camera  make?  A  sony  DSC  -W7  ??
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 Thats  another  story.  Though  things  were  planned  meticulously,  my  CO2  cylinder  arrived  a  bit  late,  and  then  I  realized  that  it  wouldnt  fit  into  my  cabinet.  Its  a  small  cylinder.  
 
 Sorry,  forgot  to  answer  the  question  about  my  CO2  equipment.  I  use  a  Dymax  regulator,  thats  got  a  needle  valve  and  solenoid  built  into  it.  
 
 You  can  see  a  picture  of  the  regulator  below.  Badly  maintained,  LOL,  needs  cleaning,  I  agree.
 
 
 
 Here  you  can  see  a  picture  of  my  cylinder.  
 
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:33 pm Post subject: Re: Planted Tank Pics, finally! Reply with quote

 Yes,  its  a  DSC  W7.  I  do  have  a  tripod,  but  I  was  too  lazy  to  get  it  out  of  its  box,  and  use  it!   ROFL  
 
 Anyways,  I  use  the  tripod  only  when  I  get  fuzzy  images.
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