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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with my 20 Long

Ok I have two planted tanks setup. One is a 10 Gallon tank with 3 guppies in it along with some snails (came with plants). This tank has a Fluval 104, CO2 running into the intake sponge, and then a 15W GE Plant & Aquarium bulb. Now anything I put into this tank flourishes, even if it was in my 20 Long and not doing anything.

Now in my 20 Long I have the following equipment: Cascade 700, 2 soda bottles for CO2 injection going into the intake line, and then a Coralife Freshwater Aqualight T5 fixture (1 - 18W Full Spectrum & 1 - 18W 6700K Plant Bulb). Anything in this tank does not seem to do anything, it just sits there. I thought that 1 2 Liter bottle of CO2 mixture would be fine, but after nothing happened in the 20 Long, I added a 2nd. I still have yet to see any impact (after about 2 days). Also the plants in this tank always seem somewhat dirty. There are snails in there for cleanup, but they dont seem to maintain it too well. I cant put any fish in there since it is home for my Fire Belly Newts. I am stumped at to what is up. Any ideas!?!? PLEASE HELP!
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The DIY co2 is pretty much worthless with the small amount of light you have. You should either only keep low light plants in that tank, or upgrade your lighting. A 20 gallon long is a hard ank size to light for, but there are many options if you are willing to upgrade. Right now you only have low light and thats fine if you want to grow low light plants like java ferns, moss, anubias and maybe even a sword plant, but if you want to grow more than that, you really need to upgrade your lighting.
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What is a reasonably priced lighting kit that you would recommend?
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I think the easiest solution would be to add another one of those Coralife T5 strips.
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Problem is I dont have a custom canopy.... Can you just sit the ahsupply kit on top of the tank? Would 1 55W kit be enough?
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I think the easiest solution would be to add another one of those Coralife T5 strips.
Would that be enough lighting?
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Would that be enough lighting?
Yes, you'll be able to grow pretty much anything.
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Would that be the best solution/cheapest?

Or should I sell my current lighting and buy a different strip light?
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My 20 gallon, soil based, non CO2 tank does quite well with two 20 watt strip lights.

I also have a 10 gallon, inert gravel, non CO2 tank that is doing very well with half of a 40 watt shop light.

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What light strip would you suggest. My main concern is not to add too much heat to many tank as newts prefer colder temps (72)
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