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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Good advice, all. I've also seen plants shed their hydroponic - grown leaves when immersed in my tank. New growth took a several weeks to completely replace the emersed leaves, but it should happen.
But you do need more light. If you're on a tight budget, you can add 80 watts to your tank for about $25, which will increase your light levels from 0.6wpg to 2.0 wpg.
Home Depot sells shop light fixtures (white, sheetmetal bodies) for about $10 that house two 40W 48" flourescent bulbs. A good bulb to use is one that Home Depot also carries called the GE Plant&Aquarium bulb. Should be about $6 a piece.
I've got one of these strips on top of my tank, in addition to a CSL 130 watt power compact flourescent. But with the strip light alone, I did get some decent plant growth.
Here's a picture of the strip light on top of my tank...
- Sam P -
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