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post #182 of (permalink) Old 10-01-2012, 04:27 PM
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Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Chicago
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Recently I set up two of the smaller dome reflectors seen in this thread above my 10G. I'm using 14w 5k CFLs about 14in from the substrate. The lamps are on for 9 hrs a day.

While I have seen an increase in plant growth over the past two weeks, its nothing like most of the posters in here are experiencing. I only have about 6-8 plants in the tank, mostly assorted crypts. I dose excel daily, flourish weekly, and use fluorite substrate. Am I missing something? I've read that heavily planting a tank is the way to go but I am unsure if I want to invest in a bunch of plants if I wont get the growth that I'm looking for. Ill post pictures later today.
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