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Old 02-11-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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I need plant suggestions!:)


Hi there. I'm getting ready for a massive plant order from peabodies paradise. I have three (kinda 4, I need some floaters for my chi) I have a 20 gal axolotl tank that will be lighted by two 100 watt 6500k bulbs, a 10 gal serpae tank to be lighted by two 100 watt 6500k bulbs and a 5 gallon that will be lighted by one 100 watt 6500k bulb. And the chi doesn't have special lighting so I'm just gonna find a hardy low light floater for that tank. The 20 gal need to be planted hardy, the 10 gal is open to anything (my serpaes love plants but don't pick at them) and the 5 gal needs to be heavily planted for a pea puffer I'm getting in a few weeks, so fast growing would be great. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-11-2014, 04:21 PM   #2
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Forgot to mention, all three will be dirted.

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Old 02-12-2014, 12:59 AM   #3
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my planted tank experience is nano: seems like a lot of light for low tech tanks, particularly the two smallest tanks. Plants can't take advantage of all that light without CO2 supplement (aka high tech)....

I suggest going to the Plants forum for suggestions. My low tech (13 w/ using Excel for CO2) tanks are most successful with java ferns of all types, bolbitis fern, and (unexpectedly) microsword.
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:41 AM   #4
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Thank you! I was planning on getting liquid co2 from dustinsfishtanks, do you think I need it?

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Old 02-12-2014, 04:14 AM   #5
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That's a buttload of light! I had low light plants growing just fine with a 24watt bulb. You would need Co2 and daily dry ferts to avoid bad algae. And lotsa plants. Do you have any other options for lights?
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:26 PM   #6
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Should i get a lower wattage? I was under the impression that I needed that light for my setup.

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Old 02-12-2014, 03:04 PM   #7
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Are you sure these aren't 100w equivalent bulbs?

For example I have a 13w CFL bulb which is equal to a 60w incandescent as noted on the box.

I believe the CFL that is equal to the old 100w incandescent bulbs is a 26w

On the other hand if your bulbs are actually 100w incandescent, I would be concerned with HEAT!
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Old 02-12-2014, 03:32 PM   #8
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Oh! They're probably 100 watt equivalent. I'm new to lighting.

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Old 02-12-2014, 05:20 PM   #9
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Lighting can be complicated. But I would still be cautious. Those have alotta power
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:46 PM   #10
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2 100W bulbs for a 20G? Wow. I barely run 2x25W CFL's and it's already melting all my floater plants. If you can raise the lights high enough from the tank maybe it would be fine.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:35 AM   #11
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Okay, so I'll definitely get lower wattage. What wattage would be correct?

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Depends on what kinda lights you're gonna use.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=184368

This thread helped me alot
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:52 PM   #13
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I'm using the aluminum clamp-type lights. I found the idea on here and thought it was great. The clamp lights can go up to 100 watts so I figured that was good.

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Old 02-13-2014, 09:53 PM   #14
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By "100 watt" do you mean the actual power the bulb uses, which might be 25 watts, or the number quoted by the manufacturer as the size incandescent bulb this replaces?
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Should i get a lower wattage? I was under the impression that I needed that light for my setup.

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when I first set up my 75 gal everything I read (before joining this site) said you need more light to grow plants. So I built a light set up using 7 26 W CFL bulbs (100 W equivalent) 5000K. Which gave me 2.4 watt/gal which some say is the high end of medium light.

When I joined this site I found out I had too much light with out a "High tech" CO2 and fertilizer program. The general info out there about lights coming with your aquarium not being enough are only part of the story. And watts/gal is an outdated system with advances in lighting.

I don't want to use compressed CO2 so I need to cut my light down. I've dropped to 5 bulbs and still debating if that is too much. Thinking I'll add liquid CO2 and traid out some bulbs for 20 W CFL (75W equivalent) 6500K bulbs

I'm setting up a dirted 20 gal tank and will be using 2 13 W CFL (60 W equivalent) 6500K to start with and will adjust if needed. That is the nice thing about CFL lights you can change wattage/amout of light with different bulbs not having to get a whole new fixture.
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