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Old 10-10-2012, 03:47 AM   #1
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Lights or CO2 First or no lights?


Hey everyone,

I'm getting ready to work an overhaul on my low tech system (55 gallon currently low light according to WPG) and I'm wondering how I should do this:

I am adding the following:

ONE - 2x54w t5ho light system (currently 2x18w t8)
ONE - some type of pressurized CO2 system (Currently only dosing gluts)

Reasons for doing this:

My poor java fern just isn't growing the way I want it to grow in fact it's receding. my wysteria isn't doing all that hot growth wise either and my xmas moss is growing but it's nowhere near what it should be

The tank is in a room with a lot of ambient but no direct sunlight (I do have a slight amount of BGA in the tank) so do I really need to jack up the lights or would just adding a CO2 system be better?

If I don't need the lights I will be investing in starting a shrimp tank
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:34 AM   #2
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A good light for you would be either a Coralife 2 bulb T5HO, or a FishNeedIt 2 bulb T5HO. Either of them will give you good low light, enough to grow a lot of plants, even more if you add CO2 too, even DIY CO2,. If you want a bit more light the Odyssea 2 bulb T5HO light should give you low medium light, where CO2 is almost essential to avoid lots of alge problems.
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Ok so my lighting is a bit low and I should be adding the CO2 them at the same time
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:35 AM   #4
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CO2 is a very good addition to any planted tank. Whether you should add it is a decision you need to make based on your expectations for the tank.
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