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I have a 37 gallon aquarium that I have set up as an African river biotope. I have a few Anubias species but would like to add some other plants that are native to Africa. I have a 130 watt Coralife PC fixture with 2 6,700 K bulbs. What else could I put in plant wise?
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go to here: http://plantgeek.net/ its a great plant website....
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1 65 watt bulb is plenty for any anubias. Crinums, nesaeas, bolbitis, and ammania are all African. I hope you are injecting CO2, I had horrible algae problems when I had a 2x65 watt fixture over my 37 without CO2.

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Ya, you are close to needing co2 or excel or something for carbon supplement.

I like using APC's Plant Finder, you can search for species native to Africa.
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Okay, someone help me here. I don't want to get too crazy with the CO2 and all. This tank is in my shop so I will not be able to monitor it constantly. What is Excel?
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The plants on APC's are great. I love the Ammannia Gracilis. Now where to find any of them...Also, how difficult are Madagascar Lace?
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Madagascar Aponogetons are considered a "difficult" plant. It's almost certain that you would need CO2 to grow that plant. Even with lots of light, nutrients, and CO2....I've still seen the plant just melt away.

If you don't want to run CO2, you don't have to. But, I agree with others - if you don't want to use it, you should only run one of your lights. Stick with hearty plants that can live easily in a low-CO2 environment. Certainly anubias should be on the list - consider Sagittaria subulata, Valisneria sp., many crypt sp., and java ferns. There are many more. Most online shops that sell plants tell you if they are easy or difficult. Without running CO2, stick with the "easy plants" .

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I don't want to run just one bulb though. There is no option other than CO2? I want to have the Anubias but I also want Aponogeton, Ammannia, Lagarosiphon, Nymphaea and Nesaea. If I have to go with CO2, I will but is it okay that I will only be there to monitor the system 8 hours a day? What about CO2's affects on fish? I am sticking with African river fish and plants.
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The nuts and bolts:

Plants require light to build sugars via photosynthesis. Sugars are molecule chains that contain Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Carbon. Water has plenty of H and O , but very little available C. This is why we add CO2 to the tank. Without an abundant Carbon source, photosynthesis comes to a hault. When this happens, algae growth starts to take over, because it can get by with much less Carbon than vascular plants. Thus, if you pound a tank with light, but do not offer your plants the materials to perform photosynthesis, your plants will suffer and algae will break out. This will happen.

Flourish Excel is a product that put available carbon into the water via a liquid form. It's a CO2 alternative (or additive), but is not a substitute that works equally well. It's mainly used in smaller tanks, and to give large tanks a kick start.

Here's how CO2 affects your water, fish, and pH.
http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/art_plant_co2chart.htm

And here is some good info re: how to set it up in your tank.
http://www.rexgrigg.com/co2.htm

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Okay will the Excel get me through a couple of weeks until I can get a CO2 system going?
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