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Old 01-03-2015, 08:11 AM   #1
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New Journal ( need some questions answered!!)


Cross post with full from lighting but with all my information.

I purchased the finnex Ray 2, love the slimness of it. While it looks bright enough, I'm afraid it's not enough to grow the ground cover plants (Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo', dwarf baby tears, and dwarf hairgrass). Any par ratings I've found seem to suggest that at around 18" (mines 15" from the light source) that I only have medium light whereas the plants mentioned need high light.

I'm also dealing with brown algae which I hope will be diminished by the new light. I've also begun a full fertilizer regiments, all seachem products.

I don't know how to run my "journal" yet, so here is a little about my setup:

29 Gal 1.5 months old:

Eco-complete base substrate with fluorite sand on top ( to give the baby tears an easier time to root)

2 German blue Rams
5 neon tetras
2 golden Australian killifish
3 corydoras sterbai
6 ghost shrimp (2 now pregnant)

DIY Co2 setup bubbling through a small air stone.
Marineland 30-50 gallon filter (upgrading soon to eheim canister)
Heater
Circulation pump @ 425 gph

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Old 01-03-2015, 08:27 AM   #2
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I'm hoping to gather information and insight ( warning, lots of questions to follow):

So, as you can see, all my current information is listed above.

My questions:

1.) I've heard the algae is normal. The light is new as of 3 days ago. Flow is new as of a week. Will I ocntinue to have problems with algae if I'm dosing with the full line of seachem ferts and have the new light?

2.) For 100$, how extensive a co2 kit could I get? I'm getting the sense my ground cover plants need a better co2 injection

3.) does anyone use the api GH/kh test tube and solution? I'm trying to determine what exactly the number of drops translates into in terms of actual hardness.

4.) is my lighting enough for the dense ground cover?

5.) can anyone help me identify my plants that are in the background? http://m.imgur.com/account/howardrya...images/V4Z3Lbt

6.) ph is 7.4. Should it ideally be lower?
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:17 AM   #3
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1.) I've heard the algae is normal. The light is new as of 3 days ago. Flow is new as of a week. Will I ocntinue to have problems with algae if I'm dosing with the full line of seachem ferts and have the new light?
Brown algae occurs in some new tanks. It goes away on its own most of the time. Not all algae is bad. Fish like the green algae that grows on the glass.
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2.) For 100$, how extensive a co2 kit could I get?
For $30 you can do a citrus Co2 system. The kits are sold on no ebay links allowed
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