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2 13 cfls on a 5g tank is just asking for disaster. That's an insane amount of light for such a small tank.You should be fine with a single 10w.

What plants are you planning on growing?
What this guy said. Basically, 13 watts on a 5.5 gallon tank is almost 3 watts per gallon. That's almost high light, and without co2, you could easily grow algae. If you're using two, that's definitely more light than you'll ever need. Be careful there.

Also, all three plants that you described can grow easily in medium light, with glosso being the fastest grower. Anubias and Fissidens both grow pretty slowly. I have glosso in my high light, co2 injected tank and it grows like a weed...
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What this guy said. Basically, 13 watts on a 5.5 gallon tank is almost 3 watts per gallon. That's almost high light, and without co2, you could easily grow algae. If you're using two, that's definitely more light than you'll ever need. Be careful there.

Also, all three plants that you described can grow easily in medium light, with glosso being the fastest grower. Anubias and Fissidens both grow pretty slowly. I have glosso in my high light, co2 injected tank and it grows like a weed...
I have 1 13w cfl on there right now.. I may end up putting some sort of cloth over the light so that it restricts some of the light..
Right now I have it set to do an 8 hour photoperiod.. Any thoughts on that?
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8-9 hrs is fine. If you start to see hints of algae, raise the light up an inch or 2. I was having algae issues in my planted 1.75g vase. Light was 6" above the waterline but when I raised it to 8", algae disappeared and has yet to return in 5+ months.
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8-9 hrs is fine. If you start to see hints of algae, raise the light up an inch or 2. I was having algae issues in my planted 1.75g vase. Light was 6" above the waterline but when I raised it to 8", algae disappeared and has yet to return in 5+ months.
Hah... My light is way closer to the waterline than that... I might need to change that.. It's about 3.5" to 4"..
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You don't necessarily need to add a cloth over the tank. A single raised 13w cfl will be fine. Just try to limit algae growth. If algae starts to grow, lower the photoperiod.
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You don't necessarily need to add a cloth over the tank. A single raised 13w cfl will be fine. Just try to limit algae growth. If algae starts to grow, lower the photoperiod.
Alright sounds good. At this point I would be pleased for the plans I have to simply stay alive, but growth would be great I don't have ultra high hopes because I know realistically this is my very first try and I can't just expect phenomenal results the first go-round. I've been thinking of making myself a DIY CO2 setup because its easy to make, cheap, and it sounds like it might really help my plants out.
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Update!! Added a rock to stop the flow of the filter. I'll add a picture soon. In the meantime I'm hoping my plants are slowly growing and not slowly dying
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As promised, here is the picture. https://flic.kr/p/neUX4M
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You should add a lot more plants than the java fern. Java fern are slow growing, and usually it is recommended to get a lot of fast growing plants.
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I love the fact that the title still reads "56k warning"
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I love the fact that the title still reads "56k warning"
Ha well I'm too noob to figure out how to directly show pictures like other people do.. Should I change the title?
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I tried posting one of your pics and it says "sharing is restricted for this photo". It may have something to do with your privacy settings on your flicker account.
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Flickr's new format is so inconvenient.

On the page you're linking from, in the right hand column where all the options are, you'll see three dots in a row about halfway down. Hover it says "more actions". Click that and select "download/all sizes". In the window that pops up click "view all sizes"

Select the size you want then right click the image, and select "copy image location" (or something like that, what it says exactly depends on your browser)

Paste that here between [img ] paste link here [/img ] - no spaces.


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Flickr's new format is so inconvenient.

On the page you're linking from, in the right hand column where all the options are, you'll see three dots in a row about halfway down. Hover it says "more actions". Click that and select "download/all sizes". In the window that pops up click "view all sizes"

Select the size you want then right click the image, and select "copy image location" (or something like that, what it says exactly depends on your browser)

Paste that here between [img ] paste link here [/img ] - no spaces.


I've been doing that but with no luck.. Maybe there is something there I'm not doing correctly.. Here, I'll retry.

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YES I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much it was becoming a serious pain in the butt
By the way my plants are looking better than when I got them so I assume (hope) that means they are growing or at least alive! I'm looking forward to adding some anubias or java moss soon. I'm excited to see what I can turn this tank into.
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