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  1. I've run into this issue in my 50 hex. It has a 24" Fluval 3.0 and since it's blackwater, not enough light reaches the small Amazon swords. They've melted pretty badly at the bottom. Any suggestions as to how I should go about helping them out? I've already removed some of the excess sources of tannins but it's not realistic for me to remove all of them (drawback of mixing soil with substrate). I was thinking of setting up a lamp next to them outside of the tank but I'm not sure if that will accomplish what I want.
  2. The Fluval Plant 3.0 lights are really nice, especially for the scheduling and light-level programming available thru the FluvalSmart app. I have about ten of the Plant Nanos, and three of the 15"-24" models, which are the newest of this Fluval line. Since these are currently the only lights I run, I have spent a lot of time in the app to get things right for my tanks so that I can grow plants, keep algae under control, and get to enjoy my tanks when I am around. I will post my own details in a follow-up message, but I have some general tips to share before that. 1. Firmware Updates: When you do firmware updates, it might look like a two-step process, but you just have to be patient since the bootloader is updated first, and then the firmware, so don't interrupt the process or click what looks like an extra prompt. I have not done a firmware update for a while, so be aware that the user experience might change. If you mess up, or need to do the upgrade again, swipe left on your light in the FluvalSmart app for the option to Upgrade or Remove. 2. Copying Programs: You can copy programs between lights, but not between the Plant Nano and the larger models. So I can use the same program on various Nanos, but for my 15"-24" units, I have to create a new program, which I can then share between those units. The way to do this is to "Save as" your program on one configured light, and then go into the matching target light, and choose "Export", and pick the program. I would expect the option to be labelled "Import", but it is not at the time of this post. 3. Power and Timer: These lights do not seem to have any internal batteries to maintain the time. If you have a power outage or interruption, they will assume the power-on time is 00:00 (midnight), and count from there until you access the light via the FluvalSmart app, which will sync the time. 4. Naming and Password: When editing a light, you can use the three dots to Find, Rename, Set password, and Remove password. I recommend naming your lights, especially if you get more than one. You can even sort them by name or type in the light list, so think about the names in context with your room layout. Password might be useful with too-clever kids, or in a professional environment, like a retail store. 5. Modes: For each light, you have three modes, Manual, Automatic, and Professional. Manual gives you Off, or On, with a custom light level and no scheduling. This is the perfect mode to use for photography, showing your aquariums on off-hours, or if you need to make some darkness so you can sleep in, or film other tanks in the same room. Automatic is an easy scheduling mode with presets for Tropical River, Lake Malawi, and Planted, and you can modify or create your own. It only includes seven set points, so you get a ramp up, a sustained period, a ramp down, an evening low-light period (often just a little blue), and a full night period. Professional mode gives you ten set points, which allows you do do a lot more custom lighting choices, including simulating the sky of a certain region, running a siesta (low or no-light midday period, simulating cloud and tree cover), or even dual siestas, which is what I use. I will add more on this later, once I collect my app screenshots. 6. Plant Nano Tips: The mount only fits on rimless tanks without modification. The metal L-bracket can be used backwards for more height and less reach, which is great for emergent plants and hardscape. If you have an odd size tank, you can also add felt feet and run the Plant Nanos right on a clear hood or glass. I donated a Nano to someone to figure out a 3D-printed rimmed mount, so we might see a cool design come out of that. Our host, Aquarium Co-Op, carries these lights: Fluval Plant 3.0 LED NANO WWW.AQUARIUMCOOP.COM 3 Year Warranty Programmable App Highly Water Resistant The Fluval 3.0 is the best planted aquarium light on the market in regards to functionality to cost ratio. Not only does this perform well, but it's backed by a 3 year... Fluval Plant 3.0 LED Light WWW.AQUARIUMCOOP.COM 3 Year Warranty Programmable App Highly Water Resistant The Fluval 3.0 is the best planted aquarium light on the market in regards to functionality to cost ratio. Not only does this perform well, but it's backed by a 3 year... Here is the 3D print file from @AquariumThoughts for the rimmed mount for the Plant 3.0 Nano: Fluval Nano Light Rimmed Tank Adapter by AquariumThouhhououghts - Thingiverse WWW.THINGIVERSE.COM Hopefully we can share our schedules and tips to get the most out of these lights! Cheers, Jason
  3. After @Cory discussed the water tightness of various lighting options in yesterday's live stream I had no intention of running an experiment. My cats were in the room during the live stream and must have heard the discussion because they ran a humidity torture test on one of my 36" Finnex Stringray lights (the one over the 'Nerm' tank in the dirted tank project). Here was their experimental setup: And from the top: I am not sure how long the cats had the experiment running as I was out for a couple of hours this morning getting cinder blocks and 2 x 12's for the aquarium stand for my two new 75 gallon aquariums. As far as I can tell being completely submerged and running for some period of time had little effect on the functionality of the light. I am pretty sure this voids the warranty, but given the durability of the lights my concerns about the warranty are reduced.
  4. Greetings! I have a 20 gallons high fish tank. Currently all plastic plants, but I want to convert it to real plants. I will try to focus on low/medium plants. No co2. I don’t want special effects on my light - it’s on a timer anyway. Or at most, sunrise/sunset effects. There is so many choice but not all are available in Canada. I think the fluval 3.0 would be a bit over kill so maybe Nicrew? But then there is Classic, SkyLed, etc, etc. After analyzing with my very limited knowledge, I would go with the Nicrew Skyled plus 24 ‘’. What are your toughts?
  5. I wanted to add a bit more about why I like dual siestas, but I thought the topic should be separate from the Fluval 3.0 lighting thread. My dual siesta reasoning is 90% human, and 10% for a little bonus in organic soil Walstad tanks. I am not trying to promote it as a special formula for fish rooms or all tanks. I rejoined the hobby in 2018, after running marine tanks for a while until 2011, and under-gravel, plastic plant tanks as a kid. I spent a lot of time researching lighting, especially after I setup my first organic soil tank, and started to understand the balancing act between light, decomposition, algae, and plants. The corner case I was trying to solve involved the following: Organic soil Walstad tanks, bedroom setup, weekday enjoyment vs weekend enjoyment, and algae vs plants. I wanted to be able to grow my plants, let plants out-compete algae, and see what was happening when I was in the room, without disrupting anything. I could setup a weekday schedule, which was frustrating for weekends, or the opposite. There was no way to do a consistent 6-8 hour schedule without missing a ton of tank-viewing time. Before we got Fluval Pro Mode, I watched a few of Bentley Pascoe's videoes about using timers to trick the lights into more control points by resetting to midnight on a power-cycle. I also started reading Diana Walstad's book at the same time, where she discusses soil decomposition, CO2, plants, and algae, as well as siestas. My understanding is that plants ramp up photosynthesis faster than algae, so every slice of darkness-to-light favors the plants for a certain amount of time. In the meantime, with an organic soil substrate, the darkness allows for more production of CO2 from decomposition. The CO2 from decomposition is much lower than CO2 injection, but it is real. Once we got Pro Mode, I tried to find a way to slice up the time schedule so that I could get the equivalent of 6-8 hours of sustained light in a broken-up format, so I could wake up with my tanks at 07:00, enjoy them throughout the day, and have one hour of 1-2% blue from 21:00-22:00. I am getting 6-8 hours of normal light in 14-15 hours. That is what I tried to do with those schedules. I had to use triangle peaks rather than sustained peaks, since we don't have enough set points, but if you were to slide those triangles together, and overlap the middle ramp-ups, and ramp-downs, it would look more like a regular 6-8 hour schedule. I measured the pH changes with my Apex, along with temperature changes. Cheers
  6. Hi all, I am in need of replacing my light and I want an easy option I don’t have any demanding plants just low light ones ( anubias, Java fern, hornwort) I was curious if anybody has any shop lights or if I should just go with a Finnex stingray 48” I’m not too picky I have Finnex stingrays and love them, but wanna try maybe the super budget options that still grow plants I’m not afraid to scrub some algae;)
  7. I think I understand some of the benefits of using light siestas and have seen a lot of the programming complexity people get into. I have a Finnex Stingray for my 10 gallon as well as an outlet timer. What methodology do you use (and what variables play into) determining an appropriate on/off cycle?
  8. I have a Planted Marineland 75 gal aquarium. I recently purchased a 46.5 " Finnex 24/7. I have it set on the preset 24/7 setting. Can anyone tell me what this setting is considered for light, low- medium or high. I do not run Co2, I do dose with Easy Carbon, 7 squirts every other day, Easy Green, 7 squirts on Mondays and Thursdays, I also use Co-Op root tabs. Plants include Anubis (Coffeefolia, Barteri,Nangi) Java fern (Windelov,Thin Leaf, Regular), Jungle Val, Reg Val, Dwarf Sag, Swords (Amazon, Red Melon, Red Flame), Crypts (Wendtii Red), Banana Plant, Red Dwarf Lily, Java Moss, Spiralis, Water Sprite, Asian fern and African fern,and a couple others I am unsure of names maybe more Crypts or Aponogeton ulvaceus. Some (most) are doing great, others are alive, but don't seem to grow at all.
  9. Looking to order a Fluval Plant 3.0 light for my Innovations Marine Nuvo Fusion 20. It is a rimless tank that is 23-1/2" wide rim-to-rim. I'd like to go with the 24" light to get better coverage, but I'm thinking the 15" may fit better. Anyone have exact dimensions on these two lights, or any input? Thanks
  10. Hi guys. I'm a big fan of the co-op from Brazil and would like some help. I'm having problems with my plants growth, and i don't have easy options for fertilization or light. My plants seem stagnant, they don't die, but they aren't thriving. I don't have access to a fluval 3.0 or something like that, they are not sold here. The plant specific lights are really expensive and i can't afford them. So, this is my ~20g planted tank, picture was taken October 28: At the time of these pictures the tank was inhabitated, but now I added 5 albino corydoras (pics from today): I have tried to add more hardness to my water with calcium and magnesium carbonate but that didn't help with plant growth (that's the white dust all over everything). I use a popular substrate from a brazilian company by recommendation of other fish-keepers that have had success with it, which has these specifications: Formula: TiO................................ 0,05% K.....................................0,24% Ca................................. 1,05% Mg............................... ..0,84% Fe................................. .0,27% Al................................. ..1,16% Si.................................. .6,35% N.................................. ..0,40% P................................... .0,07% S.................................. ..0,34% Na............................ ..0,0009% PPM: Mn....................................166, 9Zn....................................292,5 Cu......................................14,2 B........................................63,8 electric conductivity 1.600 (umnhos)CTC...................15,5(me/100g) humidity.............................10% My light is a 50w led reflector like this: These are my tests results from last week (i use SERA tests): PH= 7.5 GH= 3 drops KG= 2 drops nitrate= 10ppm Temp: ~80º F I don't have CO2. I have these fertilizers at hand, but they don't seem to do anything (even dosing 2 times the recommended amount.): Each dose adds the following: NPK: 6.0 PPM NO3 1.0 PPM PO4 3.8 PPM K 0.6 PPM Mg Micro: 0.07 PPM FE 0.01 PPM B 0.06 PPM MG 0.05 PPM MN 0.01 PPM ZN 0.01 PPM CU Potassium: 2.5 PPM K Iron: 0.4 PPM FE Any idea of what i'm doing wrong? Thanks in advance. Sorry about all the information.
  11. Hello! I have seen this really interesting and unique kind of aquarium light but I don't know what it is or how it works. It almost seems like there is a light as a background. Does anyone else know what kind of light this is? Thanks!
  12. I have my 150 gallon in front of a 6 ft window. Anyone had success with a large aquarium in front of a large window? 🙂
  13. hey everyone, I'm building a rack using Cory's system of cinder blocks and 10 foot long two x fours. I plan on having eight twenty-gallon tall aquariums on the rack. Does anybody have suggestions to cheaply light this rack and how to mount the lights on this rack system? Thanks everyone!
  14. I apologize if this was addressed somewhere else I did a search and couldn't find anything on it. But my co-op Scarlet temple has started melting away. Should I trim away at it or let it go on its own? I inserted the basket into the easy planter with root tabs. I'm also using the easy green/iron. I added some pictures any suggestions would be appreciated.
  15. I am in the process of setting up a medium light tank. If I move over some of my low light plants, like Anubias, will they appreciate the extra light or curl up and die?
  16. Does anyone change their light settings with regard to Daylight Savings Time? Most of my tanks are entering their first, and I never really thought of it before, but now I am, and am adjusting their feeding and light schedule to reflect this change. Does anyone else, and if so, what do you do?
  17. Has anyone put one of these on the marine land 5G portrait tank? Fluval Plant 3.0 LED NANO WWW.AQUARIUMCOOP.COM 3 Year Warranty Programmable App Highly Water Resistant The Fluval 3.0 is the best planted aquarium light on the market in regards to functionality to... The light that comes with this tank is useless IMO. I had my betta in this tank then decided it was too small and dark. Now I think I will take it to work and put some shrimp in it but want to be sure I can grow some foliage as well. I have removed the back inner divider and have a small sponge filter in it if that matters.
  18. Which light is better for seeing more nocturnal fish, blue or red? I want to use it a couple of hours before I go to bed to see some of these fish. I have a fully planted tank.
  19. I’ve heard Cory say that plants can’t see blue light and only algae can in a live stream or video. Is this true and if it is then why do companies even put blue leds in lights? I’m battling this hairy green algae growing on my val and some other plants. I have no idea what type of algae it is but I can only describe it as a dwarf green hair algae and it’s not regular green hair algae.
  20. I'm biting and purchasing a 3.0 for my 50 hex and not sure which size would be best for viewing, the 15-24" model is what fits my lid but I'm not sure if that's what would be best for viewing. I was thinking of purchasing a 24-34" model and rigging it the way I've done shop lights previously but I'm unsure which would be better for my tank. I'm concerned the larger light may be too much for my tank. The lowest-down plants are jungle/leopard val, Crypt wendtii, and an Amazon sword and the tank is 31" tall.
  21. Hi, I'm hoping for a little advice on lighting for my trio of planted nano tanks. I was wondering if something like these plant grow lights would work for me? I like the idea of having one plug with three lights on the goose neck. I think they'd look pretty neat and give me room to grow up and out of the tanks. Am I missing something important? My tanks are only 8" deep to the very top of the glass. Many thanks in advance ☺️
  22. I just bought a 500 gallon acrylic tank. It's 8ft long, 3ft high and 3ft deep. I want to plant it for freshwater south american cichlids. I plan on using fluval stratum. What kind of lights will reach 3 feet deep? And I know I will have to do CO2, what setup do you think i will need? I have 12 tanks already, so I know how to take care of fish. But I am new to the planted world (except my 33 gallon long which gets all the light with my fluval sky). Please help, I need advice!
  23. I have a 55 gallon where I have a DIY basking area over half the tank. Above that, I am shining a UVB bulb for my turtles. The basking area is made of egg-crate so more than 90% of the light can still go through. Is this considered high light, low light, or what kind of light? What effect should I expect for it to have on my plants, which are mostly Java Fern and Anubias?
  24. Hello! So I’m starting a 20 gal long planted tank (waiting on my Co Op plant order as we speak!) and had a lighting question. I ordered predominantly easy low light plants since I’m brand new to this, and I have a FluvalSmart aqua sky light. How do I know if this light will emit low, medium or high light? I understand the depth of the tank matters (12 in high), and the light sits directly on top of the glass lid, maybe an inch gap. Does anyone have any experience with this light for planted tanks?
  25. Greetings! I bought the Marina 10 gallons aquarium LED kit. My substrate is flourite black. Can the LED light included in the lid grow any live plants and/or moss? I will use the aquarium for 5-6 guppies and cherry shrimps. My hope would be to grow a carpet of moss using 2 meshes tied together so the shrimps can hide in it. Is it possible with that light? If yes, should I use fertilizer/root tabs, anything? Any other type of plants, moss or floating plants could grow? Thank you! Karen
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