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new to planted tank

Can someone please help.
Have a 40 gallon breeder tank i believe. Have 5 neons, 3 plectcos, 4 cherry shrimp and 2 cory cats. I will be getting more corys and shrimp soon. Have val for live plants and these seem to be flourishing. I have a 24 inch 4 blulb t5 on the tank. Had a horrible case of bread algae happen so dropped lights from 2 to 1 and. It is a old grow lamp with 6500k bulbs. have pressurized co2 stoped nutruiets due to algae growth. But want to start introducing high light plants but whenever i put more light bulbs in i get bad alage outbreak any idea??
also some of my plants have been shedding leaves(they turn a clear color and float not attached anymore any ideas???


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First off welcome to TPT! Secondly, how long has this tank been setup? How long do you have the lights on for?

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tank been up for over a year. Lights are on for 8 hours a day on a timer at this time.

Bump: and my java moss really isnt doing anything
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2015, 10:06 PM
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First, there are two basic types of tanks. Low Tech and High Tech...
In order to successfully run a High Tech tank you need to have ALL of the ingredients.
Only using some of them causes various negative result.
4 bulbs is part of High Tech.
The fist link explains plant growth. Just because the link suggest CO2 does not mean you need to use it if you have a low tech tank. But it does explain it's importance in the set-up. The tank already has CO2 but/w high tech you NEED to add more.
The second link discusses lighting. From it you can choose the correct light for what you want.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...php?t=107303#2
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...368&highlight=

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I do have co2 thinking I need to go with more bubbles???
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