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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2010, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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more lighting! need ideas!

i just tripled the light in my 50g tall for a total of 120 watts. here are some pics of my tank which looks terrible due to the lighting restrictions on my tank before. Any plant ideas for my tank that arnt too costly? im looking for something tall at the back and some nice foreground plants.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2010, 07:02 PM
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Is this 120 watts of T5HO lighting, or some other type of lighting? You probably have quite a bit of light over your tank regardless, so you should be able to select from and grow a wide variety of plants.

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42 watts are t5 and the rest are 12
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i just want some good ideas for plants that will form a nice wall at the back of my tank
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these recommendations are based off of your 50G tank, wouldn't use them on just any tank

Background: Rotala roundifolia, Alternanthera Reineckii Var. Roseafolia, Ludwigia repens

Foreground: Cryptocoryne wendtii, Sagittaria subulata,

These plants are all simple and not to demanding.
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are my lighting conditions ok for dwarf hairgrass? i don't have co2
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You probably have high medium light intensity, just from the 2 x T5NO bulbs. You need pressurized CO2 to go along with that light. With that you can grow just about any plant you wish. Valisneria will grow without CO2, and it makes a "wall" of tall plants at the back of the tank, but you will have to wait for them to recover and start growing after you plant them.

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