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ok sounds good ill do that and how long do i keep the lights on is it still the 8 hours a day?
Yes.

By growing the HC emersed for a bit, the plant will root much better. Plus, you don't have to worry about dosing or CO2 or algae (in most cases) while it is emersed.
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But the HC may have a small % of die-off when the water is introduced.

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Grate visual,
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now my light is a t5 h/o 39watt x2. is this too much for the tank while im growing it immersed? will it dry out the hc? i was planning on removing one of the bulbs and just running one 39watt. lmk what you think about that.
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But the HC may have a small % of die-off when the water is introduced.
Correct, but what a trade-off! I had a HECK of a time getting some to root in an established tank, I'd definitely go emersed.

I like the new layout better, heading to the river today to find some goodrocks
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now my light is a t5 h/o 39watt x2. is this too much for the tank while im growing it immersed? will it dry out the hc? i was planning on removing one of the bulbs and just running one 39watt. lmk what you think about that.
Isn't 78w of t5 already a lot for such a tank? This tank has a low height and is only 12g after all. I would do what you suggested and run only one bulb, even when you fill the tank.
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Isn't 78w of t5 already a lot for such a tank? This tank has a low height and is only 12g after all. I would do what you suggested and run only one bulb, even when you fill the tank.
Yeah i tried looking for a normal output t5 but couldn't find one anywhere locally. This is the only cheapest fixture i found and it was a t5 h/o. ill just remove one bulb save me some money on electricity anyways. lol
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I removed all the plastic wrap from my tank because when i came home, inside the tank was really warm. I guess my lights heated up the tank. Is this normal? should I still keep the plastic wrap on the tank to prevent evaporation?
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That looks great. It should look killer once things grow in.

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ok well its been over a week since i planted this tank. It seems that the HC is really slow at growing. Now is this normal for a dry start? I always thought that growing HC emersed is faster than submersed.

I removed the other 39 wat bulb and have been running only one bulb. should i leave it as is or will adding the other bulb and having more light intensity allow for faster growth?

I have had the plastic wrap on the tank off the whole time and was just misting the hc about 3 times a day.

Hopefully the roots are growing.. all that i see growing are the riccia embeded in the bunches. I have been painstakingly remving these a little at a time.
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now my light is a t5 h/o 39watt x2. is this too much for the tank while im growing it immersed? will it dry out the hc? i was planning on removing one of the bulbs and just running one 39watt. lmk what you think about that.
immersed = under water grown
emersed = dry start method

I find that if you have CO2, immersed after the first three weeks is faster. The HC really takes off.

ALso make sure all the riccia is out of the HC...it will take over and strangle the HC.
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I still havent recieved my co2 regulator.

in your opinion would i see better growth if i filled the tank with water now even without the co2 injection or just leave it growing emersed?
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You would have better growth emersed. There is virtually an unlimited CO2 supply in the air.

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Tank is really starting to shape up and looks realy good.

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Any updated pics? this setup looks great
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