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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-14-2006, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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lighting over a 5.5 gallon

Hey. Ok so i have a 5.5 gallon and want to grow hc/glosso quickly, ive never really had a small tank and i realize the wpg rule doesnt apply so i was thinking maybe 3 or 4 x 10 watts of screw in pc's?
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4 to me it sounds like it would be enough light to grow hc/glosso but as you know Co2 and fertilizer will be needed to really get the stuff to grow fast.
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thankyou. i have made a hood that houses 4 x 15 watt max bulbs, im going to run 4 of those mini compact bulbs that are 10 watts. My new question is i have had some flourite sitting in a 10 gallon with 4 small plants for a few months, is the flourite still good? or should i get some new stuff? Also should i dose excel or actualy try diy co2? and wat ferts? lastly, wat filter would you recommend, (hob is not an option) . thanks in advance.
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How is the temp on that hood you may need some venting on hood maybe even a small fan. For the flourite it should still be good but if looking for fast growth then some new flourite could help a little. I have read of people using the excel and having it be successful but the DIY Co2 is not that hard and is cheep (hey you will also be recycling too ) as for the fert. i dont have to much experience with it since i use a general fert. But there are good sights on the net that give the specifics on each fertilizer and its benefits. Remember each chemical is used in a specific growth function in the plant so it is a big puzzle that can be confusing at times. If there are no fish in the tank then you could use more but after a certain point it will burn the plant. As for filter a jet could do the trick if there are not to many fish. Get other advise to since I am not a complete expert the best way is go to other forms and ask questions that relate to your tank. good luck
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