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Old 12-25-2009, 01:15 AM   #16
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Under the 18W it'll grow pretty much at the same rate either way. Personally I'd say try growing it submerged first, then if thats too slow drain the water and grow it emmersed.
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interesting, honestly I'm a little confused. Is it because the lower light intensity doesn't usually cause the algae problems that the emmersed growing method is intended to prevent? Or is your reasoning due to the slower growth rate of Marselia minuta associated with the less powerfull lighting?....or does it have something to do with some other characteristic of the plant in lower lighting conditions?

sorry for all the questions.and thanks in advance!

I've seen a few nice looking tanks witha sand layer over the soil. Is this purely aesthetic? are there other benefits to this practice? Or reasons to avoid doing so?
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interesting, honestly I'm a little confused. Is it because the lower light intensity doesn't usually cause the algae problems that the emmersed growing method is intended to prevent? Or is your reasoning due to the slower growth rate of Marselia minuta associated with the less powerfull lighting?....or does it have something to do with some other characteristic of the plant in lower lighting conditions?

sorry for all the questions.and thanks in advance!

I've seen a few nice looking tanks witha sand layer over the soil. Is this purely aesthetic? are there other benefits to this practice? Or reasons to avoid doing so?

There are a ton of benefits to dry starting a tank. The tank is essentially cycled a week or two after adding water. The plants take root much easier. There is no algae to deal with.
The only thing with the M. minuta is that it will grow tall, it's emmersed form, and will convert to its submerged (short) form after filling.
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:04 PM   #19
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There are a ton of benefits to dry starting a tank. The tank is essentially cycled a week or two after adding water. The plants take root much easier. There is no algae to deal with.
The only thing with the M. minuta is that it will grow tall, it's emmersed form, and will convert to its submerged (short) form after filling.
thank you, that makes sense. im going to try to find a large quantity. and just hope it grows happily.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:50 PM   #20
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Order #1:
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Default which bulb should i buy?

I can pick from these ones.

I'm inclined to order the 6500K lamp,

but they also offer the 10,000K-12,000K daylight.

I should probably order more than one, so I wanna get the best of the two.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:10 PM   #22
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i run 6k and 10k in my tank.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:13 PM   #23
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my fixture only houses one bulb, which should I choose

edit: I got the 6500k bulb.
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my fixture only houses one bulb, which should I choose

edit: I got the 6500k bulb.
Good choice. I have bulbs like that over my tanks and they work well.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:14 PM   #25
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Im pretty stoked.

ordered the minijet 606,
amazonia soil,
cool rocks,
good bulbs.
couple pouches of purigen.

I cant wait to start playing around with hardscapes and stuff.

I will start a tank thread once everything shows up

THANK YOU!!!!

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Old 01-07-2010, 02:51 AM   #26
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When i started my 2.5 gallon planted I grew both HC and dwarf hair grass emmersed. The hair grass sent out a few runners and the HC just grew a better root system but honestly there was not much carpeting. I grew them both emmersed in a covered tank(to keep the heat in) for 21 days and didn't see much. When I filled the tank however the plants took off so don't be discouraged if your plants aren't growing as you hoped. I grew HC emmersed so that I wouldn't have to deal with it uprooting when I filled the tank. So definitely consider the emmersed method if you aren't in a hurry to set up your tank! Also if you are still thinking about using hair grass I recommended using dividers in your gravel. I cant say for sure if they work because I just added mine but hopefully it will prevent the hair grass from sending runners under my HC and uprooting it further. Good luck!
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this sounds like it's gonna be a great setup! love the stones you picked
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:25 AM   #28
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pump, and lights came in, just waiting to receive the soil and the rocks. i need to start seriously thinking about fauna.
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If you plan on planting heavily, i think celestial pearl danios are one of the most beautiful nano fish. they are shy and need places to hide though
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:10 PM   #30
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i got sidetracked...tank sat dry for a while. but here is the tank, and some "kyoto grass" from petsmart which i am willing to remove....i just got tired of looking at the tank empty on my living room floor. been set up for less than 24 hours. as I type this i am securing some hemianthus callitrichoides which should be on its way soon hopefully. im gonna try planting it submerged (obviously) but i don't foresee any inhabitants for a while....so i can always drain it down and try it emmersed.

i need some planting advice in regards to hemianthus callitrichoides. im guessing i will just have to plant it in clumps with a long pair of forceps. but im all ears....

the water has severely yellowed in less than 24 hours. but im assuming that it is just from the soil? im assuming i need to just wait it out, but im open to rhetoric here as well.

hows the aquascaping?
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