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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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need help/suggestions for plants

Tank dimensions
48.5" L x 21.125 H x 18.5 W Works out to 82G

Pool Filter Sand 2" depth

Decor: Big piece of drifwood, which the Pike cichlid has made a home to hide under..

48" Current-USA Nova Extreme 2x54W T5HO will be hanging 12" from the top of the tank to create Medium Lighting.
Which buld to use:
10 000k + 6700k
10 000k + Pink bulb
2 6700k
6700k + Pink bulb

Filtration: Ehiem Pro 3 2075 + Rena XP 2

Current inhabitants: 7" Pike Cichlid and a 7.5" Common Pleco

No Pressurized CO2, would like to avoid this.

I need to add structure(add rocks and Plants) so the Pike can move around and ambush it's prey(live food). I already know what type of rocks to use but don't know what types of plants. My wife wants colors, other than green. Which plants can I use?

In order to support the suggested plants in medium lightling, what will be needed: Flourish Excel, Roots tabs, ferts? What would be needing and what will be the amounts and dosages?.
If I'm ok with medium light plants with no pressurized CO2, wasn't there a list of plants catigorized by the level of lighting?

What do you think?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 06:30 PM
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Is this a 82 gallon tank? Or 80 gallon?

If so, you would probably have around 1.3 watts per gallon (Which would only provide enough light for low light; In your case, no C02). There are quite a few plants that could go in low light, take a look at this thread: Excellent List Of Low Light Plants - by Homer_Simpson

See, when you are planting, just be wary of your Pike Cichlid. Pike's do like to rearrange aquarium decor, but should refrain from uprooting plants (Always watch out though).
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-31-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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It works out to an 82G tank.

According to Hoppy's light charts my current light suspended 12 inches puts me in the medium lighting range.

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