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gazelle
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)10:51    Post subject: Newby trying to prevent mistakes Reply with quote

Greetings

Question: Do I need to pack my tank with plants when starting off to prevent algae? If so can I add some cheap plants like elodea until the desired plants grow and spread? I have heard that CF lighting is actually a little stronger than typical florescent lighting, if so how many watts per gallon do I have (lighting info below)?

I appreciate any help and suggestions that you can offer. I have searched the archives for a few hours and have not seen an answer to these questions. Please offer any other suggestions that you may have. I know that my substrate is a little odd but I had drift wood decide to float to the top mixing everything up during my first setup attempt so I just mixed everything and made it my first layer. Great site, I have been a lurker for a few months now.

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Gazelle


Setup:

I have a 37 gal tank 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 223/4
CF lighting 2x65 (was sent 55 watt bulbs is this OK)
1 Plant Growth Pink 6500k bulb
1 6500k Full Spectrum bulb
Substrate is
Layer 1 2.5 inches, 50% flourite, 25% soil, 25% sand
Layer 2
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number6
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Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)12:08    Post subject: Re: Newby trying to prevent mistakes Reply with quote

gazelle wrote:
Question: Do I need to pack my tank with plants when starting off to prevent algae?
I prefer to setup my new planted tnks that way. Elodea or similar floaters at first to use up excess nutrients and take them out when they have served their purpose.

gazelle wrote:

CF lighting 2x65 (was sent 55 watt bulbs is this OK)
lower wattage in a higher wattage fixture is usually OK. I know the 55w bulbs are fine in the 65w fixture.

Colour is most important to you for looks. Anything should be acceptable to the plants at those light levels.
I would suggest 2 bottles minimum for DIY CO2 with those light levels.
This is a high light tank withthat much juice on top.
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anonapersona
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PostPosted: 2005.05.02(Mon)12:57    Post subject: soaking soil Reply with quote

Since the wood floated, it may be good that you have a bit of time to let that soil soak. Often, with soil, there seems to be a huge algae outbreak as a lot of organics rot and there is a burst of stuff available for the algae. So, be sure to change out the water when you are ready to plant.
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