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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Victoria,British Columbia, Canada
So my lights are proving to be WAY too intense at full brightness, even for a short period. I have not been able to keep up with CO2/Nutrient demand and has allowed hair algae to flourish.
On the up side, with the full intensity I was growing several stems at a rate of about a half to a full inch per day. The LED's are working, just time to do some fine tuning.
I've cut my lighting to 50% (Which is what I was running for my weekend days) and increased my CO2, balancing my Ph around 6.4. For the next few days I'm doing water changes to remove most of the offending hair algae (its almost all gone tonight after a 20 gallon water change).
On saturday I have a box of plants and shrimp flying in for me from Vancouver so that should help. I have 6 pots of HC, 2 pots of Ammania gracillis, 1 pot of Pogostemon Helfri, 1 pot of Bacopa australis, and 1 pot of Sunset Hygro coming along with my first batch of Crystal Reds.
That should be enough HC to get a carpet going pretty quick so I may actually crank the light for another week or two to get it rooting/spreading quickly.
I'm also looking for a remote trigger for my camera so I can set up a week long time lapse shot of the aquarium so I can show what the growth rate looks like. It's actually quite shocking, I have never had a planted tank grow this fast before. The last planted tank I ran had 4 x 96w Power compacts, and 4 x 65w Power compacts over it with full CO2 and ferts and it didnt even come close to this.
Pics coming soon, just waiting for the tank to clear up.