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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Planted tank setup feedback?

Hello all. I have a 50 gallon 19" deep tank with approx 2" of fine substrate. I have two shop lights on top of the tank with 2 x 32 watt full spectrum bulbs in them = a total of 128 watts. I have co2 injection running at 2-3bps with a green drop checker. Is my setup ideal for my plants? (Wide variety of plants...) Would this be considered medium or high lighting? Is my PAR acceptable? Thanks in advance!
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I think you have medium lighting and should be able to grow a wide variety of plants. There isn't a specific ideal setting for plants. It just really depends on what plants you want to grow and if you're able to find the right balance between light, CO2 and nutrients. Your lighting shouldn't restrict you to low light plants, so you should have a lot of options. If you use EI dosing, then nutrients won't be an issue either. From there, it's just a matter of fine tuning your CO2.
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What ferts are you dosing?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 11:47 PM
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Those are t8 bulbs?? I say medium. If you can even lower the light strip lower than 3" above the water surface, you would be in the medium high. The is that the more t8 bulbs you add, they don't translate into greater par. Just greater coverage throughout the whole tank.

Yeah, you need to figure your ferts. Looking up EI dosing and you are all setup. However, you would need to adjust your CO2 level when you have more plants and plant mass. More plants equal to greater demand for CO2.


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substrate at 2" is going to be a problem in a tank that size. i would add another 3-4 inches for rooting.


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