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2.3 wpg low tech advice

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I currently have a low tech 36 gallon with a dual 24 watt t5ho fixture which makes it about 1.3 wpg. I have DIY co2 when I keep up with it. I don't have much growth on my plants. My Vals, anubias, crypts, and swords are grow thing abysmally slow. My java moss is growing a little bit faster but still slow and my flame moss is slowly dying. I'm thinking of buying another dual t5ho 36w fixture which would boost me up to 2.3 wpg. I'll be going off to college in the next year so I'm sure I couldn't get my dad to keep running my co2 consistently. I'm curious if 2.3 wpg would cause algae problems without co2. Secondly, I want to know if this will boost my growth so that I can grow flame moss, weeping moss, and potentially have a glosso carpet as well. Ive got my glosso growing in my high tech with 3.25 wpg and DIY co2 phenomally. Finally, I'd love some plant recommendations that would grow well in 2.3 wpg. Btw my current water conditions are as follows: ph-7.8, temp-78/80, ammonia-0,nitrite,0,nitrate~3/5ppm.


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Please read this thread for information about why Watts Per Gallon isn't a great way to determine the amount of light you've got.

What are the dimensions of your tank and how far is the light from the substrate? That will help determine the level of lighting you've got.


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I'd say my light is about 18-19 inches from substrate


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You have decent light already. Wpg rule only really applies for older lights. With a dual t5ho you already have high light the only way to see increased growth would be ferts or more co2
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Are you feeding these plants at all?
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Are you feeding these plants at all?
I've got floramax substrate with seachem root tabs and occasional fluval plant grow liquid fert


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