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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-12-2006, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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I have done cichlids, fowlr, reef and other freshwater, and I am now trying plants. I have set up a 5.5 with leftover equipment. It has a 2X9 watt 6500 k on it. I used eco as my substrate. I started a fish cycle with some fast growing stem plants, wisteria (sp?) and a hyrgo...I am dosing CO2, with this kit that I won...Only thing I paid for so far was the eco, so i decided to give it a shot. Question is, am I on the right track?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-12-2006, 11:11 AM
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2x9W is way to little light for plants
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do you think you can explain why to me? I understand that watt per gallon rule does not apply for small tanks, but why can poeple grow plants with a single 13 watt on 5 gallons then, just trying to learn more...
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That is enough light. Depending on what you want to grow. i'm not experienced with that light on that tank, so you basically have to try plants out and see what works. Not everything will grow in there, that's for sure.

What is this co2 "kit"? Is it carbo-plus or something?

I'd say you are definitely on the right track. What fish are you planning on?
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I am planting plants said to be fairly simple, i guess i will stick to low light, or is it an absolute most that I upgrade? the CO2 i am using is essentially like the DIY ones, but its made for you.... here is the link to it, i won it at my LFS and its actually what prompted me to try my hand at planted tanks. I will probably do a DIY after the supply runs out. I think i am just gonna stick with the white clouds i am cycling with since its just basically trying to learn the basics of planting...thanks for the help.
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Try checking out the section on lighting over at, it should help you understand a little more about lights needed.
In my opinion, 2 x 9W is enought light for a nice low-light, low-tech, low maintainence set-up. You'll still have a ton of plants to play with and still be able to come up with something really nice, you're only limited to your own imagination.
It doesn't hurt to have C02, but it's also not really needed with your lights(2 x 9W)...
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