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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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First tank shenanigans

Well im very new to this hobby. my tank has only been set up for 2 weeks now. its a 7.5 gallon with flourite substrate and a thin layer of sand on top(most of it has settled under the flourite) with a 24w t5. i now realize thats ALOT of light for a little tank. in my uninformed newbiness i thought the more the better right?!? anyway i have now killed a clump of dwarf Sagittaria and a potted watersprite.
I just started using flourish and flourish excel. my question is what kind of plants can i grow somewhat easily with this setup. i currently have 2 last clumps of Dwarf Sagittaria 4 serpae tetras and a nice piece of driftwood that i found soaking. (boiled it for 3 hours before hand) and a few dollars left :P
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-13-2012, 09:33 PM
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I know riccia fluitens is a moss that enjoys very high light, and rich ferts in the water. I also know it sells for quite a bit if you can grow it successfully (I do).

10 gallon acrylic fw planted. 6 HET rasboras, 2 otos, RCS, pond snails & MTS, ludwigia repens, Marimo & java moss, Eheim Classic 2211, Finnex Planted+ 17W LED, Hydor ETH 200W In-Line Heater.
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You will have great success with algae.

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You can start with the easy stuff like java moss.

With that amount of light, you may want some water lettuce or similar floaters to cut it down a bit or adjust the light hours per day.
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You will have great success with algae.

OP, I would try to lift the light at least 6" above the tank.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 11:09 PM
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I agree I would raise that light. That's the first thing I would do before anything else.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 04:51 AM
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Raise the light, get some floating plants and plant some fast growing stems and watch them take off!
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