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Old 01-28-2013, 01:27 AM   #1
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Planted 5 gallon Noob-Tank


5 Gallon tank that's been running for about 6 months, decided to plant.
- Added a "AqueonŽ Mini Compact 50/50 Fluorescent Lamp"
- Bought Seachem Flourish
- Yes I am using gravel, sorry.

Have currently the following in the tank:

2x Fancy Guppies
2x Ghost Shrimp
5x Hygrophilia Polysperma 'Sunset' (One is floating at the top for now)
Too Manyx Italian Valisnaria Spiralis

Day 2:
(1-26-13)
Added about .25/.50ml of Seachem Flourish
Added two Fancy Guppies

Day 3:
(1-27-13)
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Could use arranging suggestions, or anything you think is necessary to tell me.

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Plants can be so much fun. I like your set up. I do have one suggestion. You might want to look into replacing that 50/50 bulb. The actinic (blue) in it won't do anything for your plants, and I've heard it can lead to algae problems. If the compact fluorescent is the screw in type, you can pick up the spiral ones at any hardware store or w-mart. You want a bulb with a color temperature around 5,000 or 6,500K (Kelvin). It will usually say daylight on the packaging. That spectrum is what is beneficial for plant growth.
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Welcome to the forum! Plants can be so much fun. I like your set up. I do have one suggestion. You might want to look into replacing that 50/50 bulb. The actinic (blue) in it won't do anything for your plants, and I've heard it can lead to algae problems. If the compact fluorescent is the screw in type, you can pick up the spiral ones at any hardware store or w-mart. You want a bulb with a color temperature around 5,000 or 6,500K (Kelvin). It will usually say daylight on the packaging. That spectrum is what is beneficial for plant growth.
The bulb I have says it is 50% 10,000K Daylight and 50% True Actinic Bluelight.
Is this not good enough? Sorry, still a noob at this.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:39 AM   #4
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Day 5:
(1-29-13)

Water change and re-arranged plants.
Obvious growth in the sunset plants.
Excuse the mess, picture was taken after water change.

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