Last month I changed out one of my 6500k bulb to Giesemann aquaflora to see if I can bring out more red and give the plants a full spectrum. Giesemann aquaflora reduced my PAR rating by half. I went from mid 50 PAR to low 30 PAR. The plants didn't like that as much!
The plants seem to be not responding well with lower PAR. I wanted to add more light and I wanted to try LED lighting for my bigger future tank. I purchased and installed Finnex Ray 2 DS 7000k yesterday. The fixture is super bright. With this fixture and two T5s, my PAR rating is doubled. My lowest PAR rating in the tank is mid 50 and high is over 100!
This could potentially cause some algae grow so I have increased my co2 and redo my fert to accommodate the increased in PAR. Let’s see how this will do!
Overall, the tank recovery is going really well. All the crypts are growing really well and always throwing out new leaves, and the body is very robust. Even some of the crypts are sending out runners!
Onward to some pictures.
C. ‘Rosanervig’: I love the coloration and veins!
Crypt patch! I have quite a few crypts in there: Bullosa ‘Bario’, KR01, Hudoroi, Purpurea, Keei, Pygmaea, Kota Tingii.
Auriculata: Tiger stripped is doing really well. I think it has fully acclimated to submerse growth. My ‘Betong’ is in poor condition. The bristlenoses really damaged the plant and I think it is stunted. I hope it will recover because I really really like this crypt! It took me almost two years to acquire it!
Patch of Bullosa ‘Sarakei’ and Affinis ‘Red Metallic’: If you look very closely at the bottom right bullosa, you’ll see a little plantlet!
C. Zukalli: I haven’t seen this crypt, throw out a new leaf like this awhile. It must like the new improved condition!
Alternanthera sp. 'variegated': It got stunted from the reduced PAR. This plant definitely like the higher light!