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Almost No plants growth...why?

Hi all,

Been a while since ive been on here. I have DIY CO2 set up, its been producing for about a week or so, Im currently not dosing anything besides the CO2 and my plants seem to be doing no better.

Are other ferts needed if so could you give me suggestions on what i could get and how to dose.

Ive got a 20 gallon tank with eco complete substrate

Plants:
Moneywort
Amazon Sword
Ludwigia repens
various forms of rotala
and a few others i forget the name of

Thanks,

TECK
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-09-2013, 11:27 PM
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What kind of light?
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Just a marineland led single bright i believe, its the stock hood and light that came with the tank.
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Well, that's probably why. you should probably upgrade your lighting. I'm pretty sure the only thing those lights can grow its java ferns, moss', and anubias, if even that.

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Im on a tight budget, what kind of fixture would you suggest? Do I need the lid? etc im a noob when it comes to lighting, i know you have high and low light and that what i have now is terrible for lighting lol
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I found this thread to be a great starting place for me with information on lights:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=184368

I would suggest taking a look at that, it should be a good place to start
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I have read the article if its the thread about lights, I just havent purchased a fixture yet because i dont know exactly which brand is reputable
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heck one of those cheap T8 fixtures would probably even be better than the LED
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heck one of those cheap T8 fixtures would probably even be better than the LED
Cheap t8 fixture?


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I'm sorry maybe it's a T12 fixture? it's some of those cheap Fluorescent lighting that usually comes with aquarium kits.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/fish-s...3733/9662?s=ts

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What do you recommend?


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Recommendation depends on your budget. I suggest you read through the lighting section some more. That way you know all the type of lights available, ie: spiral cfl, t8, t5, etc. Broad or generalized questions often lead to people throwing a lot of info or recommendations that are all over the spectrum. A better understanding of the balance between lighting, co2, and fertilizers will make it a lot easier on you sustain a successful planted tank.
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Home Depot or Lowes has some good compact florescent screw in bulbs that are affordable.
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I'm thinking a 24 inch t5 fixture will be sufficient?


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^ Aim for 2 watts per gallon. T8, T5, LED, any of those would work, but you need the output. I had the same problem with my tank when I started. I wasn't putting enough wattage so the plants didn't really grow.
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