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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Aquatic plants of Lake Ontario

I'm starting a new low tech 55. 108W T5HO and no CO2 injected...

I'm heading to upstate NY next week for vacation. Most of my time will be spent on Lake Ontario. I know the Lake is teaming with aquatic plants but does anyone know some good species native to the area that I might be able to gather?

Obviously, I'm only working with about 2 watts per gallon so I won't be able to grow high light species. I'm looking for hardy plants that are tolerant to an aquarium enviornment (the Lake has much colder water temps than most planted tanks so I need plants that aren't too temp sensitive).
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I wouldn't know of any aquatic plants, but 108 watts (or around 2WPG) of T5HO is an insane amount of lighting. Unless you get pressurized CO2, I am afraid the only thing you will be able to grow is algae. I would either hang the light above the tank, get CO2, or get a new fixture. The WPG rule is outdated because of T5/T5HO and PC fixtures which are way more powerful then the old T8s and T12s.
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You have an algae farm waiting to happen with that light and no CO2. You will need to suspend the lights at least a foot over the water and have a severely reduced photo period to avoid algae. Your best bet would be to run just one bulb and suspend that about 8" above the surface.

Or you can just go pressurized.

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