Received all the supplies that I needed to begin work on my DIY led lunar lights that I will be mounting onto my Nova Extreme light fixture. I will post a list of the supplies I am using later tonight.
My plan is to have the lighting wired by tonight so that I can tape them to the fixture where I plan on putting them so I can test it and make sure that I get the desired look in the water before I begin to drill holes into my light fixture in order to get a completely finished looking lunar light built in.
Pics to come!
Ok so we are trying to be patient with this cycle but its been 16 days and the ammonia hasn't budged!
Here is the timeline for the tank:
11/04- began the cycle of the tank without substrate. Dosed the tank with ammonia up to 5ppm.
11/9- Drained the tank in order to add the substrate and driftwood. Redosed back to 5ppm.
11/10- Removed enough water to add live plants without making a mess then put that same water back in. Ammonia still 5ppm.
11/16- Removed enough water to add more live plants without making a mess then put that same water back in. Ammonia still 5ppm.
Other then those times we have not touched the tank.
Temp is at 82, ph is 7.4, ammonia 5, nitrites 0, nitrates 0, we have well water that is softened. I've tested the water from the tap and everything is okay.
Are we missing something or should we just continue to impatiently be patient and let the tank do its thing?
On another note we also have a 26 gal bowfront tank that was given to us complete with everything. We needed to start it up. It too is cycling and doing nothing. Though I think I may have jump started that tank by doing a water change and bringing the ammonia down to about a 3. Originally I dosed that tank to a 5 also then realized that it was too much. Ammonia hasn't budged yet but the tank has gotten slightly cloudy (white) over the last day or so. We are hoping that is a good sign!
After an adventure and a half the custom LED addition to our light fixture is complete and I am very happy with it! It gives just enough light to see into the tank at night. I will have Tobinkinz post some pics from that project when she has some time.
DIY tip: check for the location of the light ballast before drilling holes for LED lights!
So finally have some time to post some updates to our tank. As Brian mentioned in the posts above, we are impatiently waiting for it to cycle. We keep going to the LFS (I know, a mistake) and drooling over our future tank citizens.
Brian wanted me to post some more info and pics on his custom LED setup, so here goes.
First pic is of supplies and tools:
Dark picture but showing the lights installed into the NovaExtreme and the spacing:
more pics to follow....
Full tank shot now that the corkscrew vals and moss is in:
Close up of the java moss tucked into the rocks. Still not exactly happy with these stones but I think the moss helps.
Center of tank showing off the vals:
Waiting to see if anyone has any ideas on the cycling or if we are just being impatient! Happy Thanksgiving!
I would try lowering the ammonia to around 4ppm (no higher). Sometimes when the amount of ammonia gets higher than 4ppm, it can slow things down.
I think once that moss grows all over those rocks, it will give your tank a even better look. You tank is looking good, nice job with it so far
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Your tank is realy comeing together. Great job aquascaping.
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Looks GREAT! Love what you have done so far!
Livestreaming my 220 Gallon Aquarium
5.5 M Betta
10 Pea Puffers
20 Harlequins, Neons, Platies, Guppies, Cories, Nerite Snails
55 Silver Dollars, Pearl Gourami, Hillstream Loach, Mollies, Serpae Tetras, African Dwarf Frog, Leopard Bush Fish, Bleeding Heart Tetras, Chocolate Talking Cat, Banjo Cat
55 Red, Blue, Boesemani Rainbows, Zebra Dainos, Zebra Loaches, Platies, Moonlight Gourami, Bristlenose Pleco
35 Red Tailed Shark, Amazon Puffers
220 Black Skirt, Lemon Tetras and Bala Sharks
21 days in and still no nitrites... at a complete loss as to what to do! Started a post under "cycling" to see if anyone has any ideas.
SO the cycle is moving along well now. We still have high ammonia but now we also have high nitrites and nitrates, so things are working.
The question I have is when it is cycled how should we go about stocking the tank? Can we add the full stock? Or do we have to break it up into bunches? I thought i had read that you can add your whole stock at once when doing a fishless cycle but I just read another post on this site that said adding 20+ fish at once will overwhelm the bacteria and cause some issues. If its not a good idea to add everything at once then what order should we introduce the fish?
10 silver hatchets, 10 rummynose tetras, 1 angel fish (small so it grows with the tetra), 4 bolivian rams, 1 bristlenose pleco and 10 panda cory