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Old 01-23-2013, 10:58 PM   #16
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Also, one more thing. Do I have enough lights to see some serious plant growth and have a healthy heavily planted tank or will I need to upgrade if I want to do that?
I think you have sufficient light to grow healthy plants. What do you define as "serious plant growth?" Different people may have different ideas!
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:03 PM   #17
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I mean I see a lot of tanks that are heavily planted and their plants are always growing at good rates and looking lush and healthy. My plants do not seem to grow very well, so I thought it could have been a problem with the lights
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Anubias will not grow rapidly, and, with lots of light, the leaves which are done growing will soon grow a crop of black brush algae. If you can shade the anubias with taller plants they may do ok with your light, but they are truly a low light plant. The tanks you see with healthy plantings growing at a fast rate are almost certainly planted with stem plants, which can grow fast enough to discourage algae attacks. And, you can be sure that they get very good, very regular tank maintenance to keep them looking that way.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:25 PM   #19
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I have seen some anubias in high light set ups. Few of Tom Barrs have them, how do they prevent algae breakouts on them? I will take your advice and put them in some shade. Thank you
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:40 AM   #20
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I shade mine, with 28watts over an 8 gallon I get decent growth with 1 leaf or more each week. I keep it shaded also, I can't imagine it being in direct light
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