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Old 11-08-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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I've finally decided that a Dual Lamp T5 HO was sufficient for a planted freshwater aquarium (anyone who would like to confirm this for me, please do so). I am now unsure of whether the tank needs a hood, as the fixture is a few inches above the tank itself. Will a cover decrease the amount of light that reaches the bottom?
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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welcome to the site!
Can you provide more information? that will help members help you
size of the tank
type of light

I have several systems running dual T5HO fixtures but I either have the light suspended several inches above the tank or I'm injecting CO2
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:43 PM   #3
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thank you!!
29 gallon tank. 6,000k and roseate lamps
its kind of mounted above the tank a few inches with feet

i have a CO2 natural plant system thingy in there too..

and a fluval 205 canister filter

plants: anubias nana, darcaena varigatus, darcaena sanderiana, and an umbrella plant...

i've read that the last 3 plants arent even aquatic plants...

right now there are four red minor tetras in there as well.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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If you have the lighting on a timer I would suggest 8hrs. total time or only slightly more. Splitting the photo period several have claimed slows algae growth but I can't confirm that. I chose to do this and vary between 4/4 and 3/5 on my tanks. The times are in the morning for feeding young fish and on again when we are normally in the rooms to enjoy the tanks. You can always adjust things as you go but beyond 8hrs a day doesn't seem to help the plants much if at all.

hope this helps.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...t5-t12-pc.html

its pretty well written.
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well, there's basically nothing covering the tank. i know they sell clear hoods that don't have lights. should i get one of these to put over the tank in between it and the light? or will it block out the light? is that even a good fixture/lamp combination for plants? i obviously have no idea what i am doing...
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:04 PM   #6
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that link is way, way beyond me. :s i do appreciate your help tho! will not be able to respond until tomorrow
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:08 PM   #7
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roseate (pink) lamps are claimed to enhance plant coloring and bloom colors so I use them. Anything between 5K and 10K on a bulb will benefit the plants but each will look different to us viewing the tank.

Glass covers are more to stop evaporation and contain jumping fish. If you keep them clean it effects light levels very little is my understanding. I have them on 90% of my tanks.


hahaha and none of us know what we are doing LOL

but if it's fun and not frustrating then it's all good as long as nobody dies I think.
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Thank you for your info! Can you help me with another question? I'm using a mix of larger rocks (previously used for turtles) and smaller rocks as a substrate. Do you think the plants will survive in this? I wanted to purchase more plants (that are actually aquatic) but I don't want to if they're not going to survive in the substrate. I already have everything set up though and don't want to buy more gravel and start over unless I have to. I would also like to add more fish, but I don't want to put more fish in there if i'm going to have to tear the whole thing apart.

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Old 11-09-2011, 02:33 PM   #9
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It will not work the best in my opinion but can be done without change if you like the look of it. Smaller plants and those used to create carpets are hard to keep with larger gravels but there are many plants that would do just fine. Many simply add fertilizer in the form of liquids to the water and grow very nice plants.
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You could also plant your plants in shallow plastic tubs. The small margarine tubs are good for this. Fill the tub with a good planting substrate, then bury the tub in your gravel. Put a few of the larger pebbles around it and you won't notice it. Some people plant in terra cotta pots and let the pots show, since they are kind of decorative.

Also you could plant on wood or rockwork, things like java fern, java moss & anubias. There are different varieties of java fern and anubias, so you could have lots of variation. These plants grow attached to surfaces, rather than planted, so the choice of substrate doesn't matter.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:40 PM   #11
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I just looked over your pictures again, and that little anubias is one that can be just attached to your rockwork, rather than planted.
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:51 PM   #12
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Thank you both! I like the idea of planting it in a tub. I could move it around if I wanted or needed to. That is a fake rock. I was kind of trying to fill space until I got the plants and fish in there. Do you think it would attach to it? Will it only survive attached to a rock or can it be planted?
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:54 PM   #13
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It's not really the look, I just already had a bunch of it. I added the smaller rocks, because the person at the pet store told me it would work. After setting it up and doing some research, I'm not so sure. Now it's more of an issue of taking everything apart and starting over. It's in an office and the boss doesn't want an empty tank, so I kind of threw everything together over the weekend.
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:33 PM   #14
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Unless you plan to try out carpeting plants, the gravel you have should be fine in my opinion. The suggestion to plant in containers is a good one. If you use organic potting soil, you won't need to fertilize for ages and plants love it. Optionally you can use root tabs or liquid ferts and keep things as they are.

Some of those non-aquatics will last a few months until you can get more plants. I did the same thing when I started.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:32 PM   #15
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The anubias can have the roots in the gravel, but keep the rhizome above the gravel (not buried).
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