havent really done much with this tank or journal...but my patches of glosso growing in the window sill are doing quite nicely...Ill probably have enough to seed/start this tank next month
in the meantime, I bought a par meter sensor and was surprised to discover how grossly underwhelming my lighting was
in my 2.5 tank (for a future betta...I had one, but he went carpet surfing one night...I found him the next morning still alive, with all of his fins dried out, stiff and crispy...) I had a spectacular level of 8PAR w/ (1)-13w spiral CFL about 1' from the substrate...so switched that out with a 23W and now have about 30PAR
in my 10gal (that I was using to grow out some vegetables for my garden before shutting it down in April or so when I moved the plants outside) w/ (3)-15W bulbs directly on top of the tank, I had about 100PAR...which would explain why I could grow things in that tank like gangbusters (before the algae would move in because I missed a week or two with work)...shutting off 1 bulb I got the par down to 20 w/o any water...which means when I fill it...itll be a low light setup ...its at 35PAR now
in the 20 gal in this journal...w/ the (2)-24W T5HO about 2' from the substrate
my par reading was an amazing 8PAR
bought some new bulbs and it bumped it up to an astounding 12PAR!!
so after draining the tank and playing with it a little..I got the par up to 40...then decided to fill the tank and see what happened...
my par actually went up to about 55 at the substrate level (did some research and adding water causes par level to go up and then drop SIGNIFICANTLY almost instantly)
so have par values of 50-60 at substrate level all around the tank
next up...Im going to move my fish...drain my tank and do a soil substrate capped with the flourite
wait a month and then transfer my glosso and an a. sword to the tank and then go from there
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