Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Clarksville, TN
Lighting and plants
Wasn't sure where to post this question, so I thought I would here in the general area..
I have a 46 gal bowfront, non CO2, moderately planted with mostly low light plants. I have a 39X2 watt T5HO. I came to realize this was too intense, so after a couple weeks of running them on 4, off 3, on 4, I diffused the light with some screen material. Worked quite well, so well in fact I believe that my plants are not happy with the light reduction. I have dwarf sag that was sending out runners and growing well. That is no longer the case. They are not growing, it seems, at all. I understand they need more moderate to high lighting to do well. Here is my question: for a non CO2 tank, dosing glut and dry ferts, what is a better lighting arrangement, to have full strength light but a break midday or diffused light on 11 hours?
Plant stock consists of: swords, vals, wisteria, ludwigia repens, anacharis and dwarf sag. My swords are alive, but not flourishing. I just started dosing dry ferts last week, I do use root tabs near the swords