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Id's, max lighting questions

Can anyone tell me what these plants are in the 1st 3 pics
2ndly what are the string of bubbles coming off my plant in pic 4
3rdly what is a max lighting i can have on a 10g tank before i start burning off plants like java ferns/anubias and other beginner style plants?

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In the 4th picture it's your plants pearling and I wouldn't go over 1 watt per gallon also the third picture is some type of cabomba
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The second picture is dwarf sag and the plant in the back looks like some form of hygro but I can't be as certain as I am with the dwarf sag. The first photo is a sword plant, I am going to say its a red rubin with a few deficiency issues.


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The last picture is naja grass


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And the plant at the bottom of the second photo is a Marsilea species.

The beginner plants you listed tolerate low light but they flourish in bright light too. Unless they get the carbon and other nutrients they need they may get covered with algae faster than fast growing plants is all. I ran 2-17 watt screw in compact fluorescents over a 10 gallon tank and dosed with Excel for carbon and weekly put in a pinch of the nitrate, phosphate and micros the big tank got and the tank looked great. Java fern grew fast, Anubias nana had no GSA, barely needed to clean the glass. I started with the smaller 13 watt bulbs and they were fine as well.


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ok thanks for all the input. I got the plants from a friend who's starting to fall out of the planted tank scene so yeah the plants were definitely less than cared for. Now they have anywhere from 1w-5w/gal now for lighting depending on what lights i have on and weekly flourish doses and CO2 going. Im sure it will take a little bit but hopefully they recover well. I have a 75g tank that has some large (75lb,25lb) petrified wood in it and sand that will be my new project as money is available. So i got some plants from my friend to try and start growing them a bit larger and healthier before I start my 75.
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You can't judge the light by watts per gallon. And, your plants won't burn in any way with any amount of light you could reasonably expect to try to use. Instead, if you have more light than you should have, and don't give the tank the intensive care it needs with that much light, plus using good CO2, you will run into serious algae problems. Or, if you don't also keep up with the fertilizing needed, and make sure you have enough CO2, some plants will do poorly since other plants will hog those nutrients.

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