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Aquarium Lighting

Hi, Anon.

My hobby has rotten and I’ll try to help you out with what I can remember (based on experience) and by giving you sources. 

First, thank you for stumbling upon the hobby section. I always thought no one goes in there.

Skip the whole thing and go to the bold texts at the bottom of this post for the answer.

About the t5. I really had no experience with t5 lighting fixtures per se. All the lighting I got to use were DIY (do it yourself) and I hardly made effort into looking and buying those specific t5’s. 

What I would do was to look for tubes that had the appropriate color temperatures.

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Cladaphora.
Pictured above is a piece of driftwood with algal growth. 
I took this photo a few days before I left home, and after personally cleaning this 5-gallon aquarium for the last time.
That green life is actually an algae, a cladaphora, and it is the only kind of algae I, as a hobbyist, would allow to flourish inside my tank(s). The other algae hobbyists would want to keep is the morimo ball (yes, Japanese).
The leaf protruding from the algae is actually of a Java fern that has been covered/taken over and got stunted. 
Take a closer inspection and see a small 'dwarf' shrimp near the algae. It is almost a centimeter long and is just halfway its full length.
The bubbles on/in the algae bush are actually oxygen bubbles produced due to photosynthesis.

Cladaphora.

Pictured above is a piece of driftwood with algal growth. 

I took this photo a few days before I left home, and after personally cleaning this 5-gallon aquarium for the last time.

That green life is actually an algae, a cladaphora, and it is the only kind of algae I, as a hobbyist, would allow to flourish inside my tank(s). The other algae hobbyists would want to keep is the morimo ball (yes, Japanese).

The leaf protruding from the algae is actually of a Java fern that has been covered/taken over and got stunted. 

Take a closer inspection and see a small 'dwarf' shrimp near the algae. It is almost a centimeter long and is just halfway its full length.

The bubbles on/in the algae bush are actually oxygen bubbles produced due to photosynthesis.






Cladaphora.
My partly sunlit aquarium that houses some plants and the dwarf shrimps.

Cladaphora.

My partly sunlit aquarium that houses some plants and the dwarf shrimps.






Reset

This is not a painting. It is an art, para mi, of Nature. Algae. 

(I know many of you are not yet familiar, but I used to post my expeditions and updates of my hobby, aquarium keeping. You can click here to see my chronicles and adventures related to this.)

The Sunday before my two-week adventure, that was 8th May, I cleaned my 4-foot biotope aquarium. From there, I knew I made a mistake. I emptied it close to 30% and poured in immediately with tap water. Chlorine. Yep. Just some 3o minutes after, I saw the effects of my hurry. I didn’t take the fish out, so, consequently, they started to become weak. I hastily transferred them into my spare tank. But it was late. Three angelfish and a Chinese algae eater died within that day.

I was already in the province when my brother informed me that the remaining two angelfish followed suit! Now the 4 feet tank is vacant from fauna except for the Malaysian trumpet snails. The fauna, Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, which is so much prone to a condition called ‘crypt melt’, also died days after. (It happened when they experience too abrupt a change on their environment such as water parameters —brought by the huge partial water change.)

26th May

This was taken when I got back home. As expected, all the plants died.

12th June

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Biotope Chronicle: Fauna

Gobies, Halfbeaks, Gouramies, Shrimps: The Process 

2nd January, 2011

Last day of the long vacation, and in fact, my deadline for this project has expired already along with the end of the year.

So I went back, with my ever supportive father, to the place where we first spotted the halfbeaks. 

I was unsuccessful about improvising the suro (big net —analogy: two hand sword) and was only able to bring my two aquarium fish nets. For more than twenty

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Biotope Chronicle: Flora

For the plants, I went to Cartimar, a shopping district in Pasay City. I plan to plant Hydrilla verticillata and Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia. So far, the latter plant was the only available at the time i visited the place. 

Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia

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