Plants in Portland? I'm setting up a 75 gallon this Sunday and needed to get some plants. I've done reef and Discus, but I'm completely new to planted tanks so i better go with some of the easier to keep. My lighting is 2- 54watt t'8s. If anybody has anything plz send me a PM
I am guessing you have 2X 54 watt T5HO? The Wet Spot in NE Portland had the best selection of plants of the LFS in Portland when I visited down there last spring. Your fixture with two bulbs will put you in the 'High Light' category. The good news is you should have sufficient light to go just about any species; I hope you are running CO2 or algae may become an issue fairly quickly. Start with a short light period, maybe 4 hours total and increase slowly over several weeks.
Just don't skimp on your regulator. Get the best rig you can afford- I made the mistake of going cheap and in the long run it has cost me more than a good rig would have to begin with. It's totally worth delaying satisfaction for quality.
It also would be worth getting a 10lb tank rather than a 5. It pays for the difference in about 3 refills.
Generally with your lighting, it can last a few months.
Lighting is what drives the need of Co2 and Ferts
As with dosing, you can try the two more popular methods in this hobby. PPS-Pro or EI (Estimative Index) that was invented by Tom Barr (plantbrain on the forum).
I've used both and personally I prefer PPS-Pro as I'm a junior in high school and I don't have the time to dose daily. Setting up an autodoser (also viable with EI) and not doing water changes is the way to go with me
My 10lb lasts me 3-4 months or so on my 120-P (65 gal). I say a 10 rather than a 5 because it's not much bigger, but it lasts considerably longer and my refills are only $3 more. For me that just made sense. A 5 will do just fine though.
Thanks, I'll have to wait to get one. The current tank I'm fixing up has a lot of flaws. I drove down to salem to get it and by the time I got there it was dark. The Tank is so scratched up I'm probably just going to buy a new one and salvage the stand.