|01-29-2015 03:47 AM|
|AEWHistory||Wow, great minds think alike! When I got back into the hobby in 2008 I got myself a slew of 5&10 G tanks as well as some large plastic containers to grow stuff out and experiment. I needed lots of lighting and this was one of the first things I experimented with. Worked like a charm. In fact, in some containers it worked a little too well and I ended up with a veritable jungle of plants competing for resources. That what I got for trying to do way too much too soon..... I'm glad to see others have latched onto this idea--at the time I didn't even realize it was a new idea in any way.|
|01-28-2015 09:20 PM|
I'd like to do something like this with my tank (55G 39L x 16W x 22H) which I'm converting to a Amazon Biotope with Frogbit and possibly sword but no other plants. What kind of bulb should I get LED or CFL? I do like the shimmer of LED but I'm a bit lost! I basically want enough light for my Frogbit to thrive and the colours in my fish to stand out. Can someone kindly advise on what I need and how many bulbs and shades I'd need?
|01-28-2015 05:11 PM|
I have put an order for osmocote plus root tabs.
unfortunately I damaged the PAR meter and I am waiting for components to redo. Will return with readings as promised.
|01-22-2015 09:08 AM|
I do know a lot of people use Job's plant spikes, but from what Ive read you're asking for a nightmare if you ever up root them down the line. Dont ask me why.
Personally I would only use Osmocote Plus specifically, or aquarium brand root tabs. The latter can be very expensive compared to Osmocote+. Also you have the added advantage of making your own tabs with however much you want, or just adding the individual balls. That what I did with the DHG. I took tweezers and poked down single balls all over the place.
Fwiw Osmocote Plus contains both macros and micros. Regular Osmocote only has macros.
|01-22-2015 08:38 AM|
|01-22-2015 07:53 AM|
As far as root tabs are concerned, I found the following:
- 6.5 NO3
- 8.5 NH4
- 4.8% soluble potash
Suggests application 2-3 times/year so I suppose its slow release. Is this a good candidate for root tabs? I will be ordering some ready made osmocote plus root tabs - if I can find someone willing to ship here
|01-21-2015 09:09 PM|
Can't tell by the photo but did you leave it clumped together? Seems that would be a no no.
I'm guessing light is not an issue.. Planting and types of fert. might be.. Finicky little plant..
|01-21-2015 08:00 PM|
Anyway, just sharing my own experience with that particular plant. Looking forward to those PAR measurements
|01-21-2015 07:33 PM|
|01-21-2015 08:48 AM|
First of all what a nice looking set-up you have! Im no expert on dhg, but I wonder if it needs a more nutrient rich substrate? I recently grew a nice little patch in 100% sand, (medium to high-ish light, EI, CO2). It just sat there for a couple of weeks in a state of slow decline, until finally I stuck a bunch of loose balls of Osmocote+ underneath the entire area. Did them one at a time with tweezers. Few days later it started taking off.
I would think you have enough light, but again Im no expert. Very interested to see what your PAR readings are though, please post them when you can.
|01-21-2015 08:03 AM|
I am running 3 x 32W CFL 6500K bulbs over a 50G tank. Tank is 35cm (13,7") tall, lights (lower rim of pendant) is at 55cm (21,6") from substrate.
I run pressurized CO2 (bbs beyond count), dose EI, run a 2000LPH (520GPH) sunsun filter on a spray bar at the long side of the tank. Substrate is clay (cat litter).
I can grow plants, but I am struggling with Eleocharis Parvula, cannot get it to carpet. I already "killed" a batch, I am on my 2nd attempt. Its been planted in mid November 2014. Only a few runners. I can see other people achieving a full carpet in less than 2 months...
I have just about finished the close enough par meter and will be taking readings soon.
But still, this begs the question: should I rule out light being a problem here?
Ideas & suggestions welcome.
|07-22-2014 02:51 AM|
Here's my 20H grow out tank with DIY Co2. I use it to propagate cuttings and experiment with different things. CFLs have worked great. Had 23 watt bulbs for a while but they were a little too bright. Now using 18 watt 5000K Ulitech bulbs from Lowes.
Some pics from various stages -
Recent (18watt bulbs)
Initial set-up (23watt 5000K Ulitech bulbs)
1 week later
|07-10-2014 08:23 PM|
|cornbread_5||Are the spiral cfls ok to use or nah?|
|06-19-2014 08:43 AM|
Just wanted to pipe in with my own setup using 5 CFL fixtures on all 3 of my planted tanks.
The lamps used are the typical walmart ones that come in black. I was kind of apprehensive since the fixture is supposed to handle 13w max, but I went ahead and put in a higher wattage bulb anyway
I think I can grow anything with this setup on my 20 Long (also running 2x2 liter DIY co2 - soon to be replaced with paintball setup).
The lamps on the left and right run 26w GE 6500K bulbs @ 1600 lumen.
The middle lamp is a Great Value 19w @ 5000k and 1300 lumen.
The 20 High has a Jebo power compact fixture running 48w and I include the lamp with the same 19w bulb for an extra boost for about 2-3 hours per day once I get home from work.
3 gallon on top is running a 14w Great Value bulb, 5000k @ 800 lumen. The pearlweed has already started to carpet after a week
|06-19-2014 03:24 AM|
|AGUILAR3||As long as you're able to place the lamp directly over the tank and its able to handle the watts your cfl is rated for, anything will do.|
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