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Hello all! I started this hobby two years ago. Now I have a 29g and a 10g. My 10 is planted with some very low Requirement plants (java fern) that are growing pretty well with just the stock hood. I decided to go out and buy lots of plants yetserday for my 29, bad idea. I only have a 1x20w bulb, and my canopy only holds one bulb. Im in a little bit of a fix. Im looking at a 1x65 watt light canopy from corallife, but I dont quite have the cash yet. I Blew it on the plants and a new bulb, and Im really kicking myself now . I was wondering if there was anything I could do to help keep my plants alive until then-I have seachem flourish, and am working on a diy CO2 system. Thanks for helping me guys.

Edit: In the tank now are Amazon Swords, Anarchis, Wisteria, and an Umbrella Plant.
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[QUOTE=Pac-Man;416927]I was wondering if there was anything I could do to help keep my plants alive until thenQUOTE]

Light from any source is better than not enough how about a bucket next to a sunny window for a few hours a day? This might help temporarily but its not perm...

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Like take the plants out and put them next to a sunny window?
Would 1x65 watt be good?
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Like take the plants out and put them next to a sunny window?
Would 1x65 watt be good?
Yes if they are having a problem growing in the light you have until you can buy more lighting,

1x65 is roughly 2 watts per gallon or medium/low light. If you want more demanding plants that require higher light levels then you'll need to double or triple the light amount.

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I dont want to have to inject c02, so Im not going with a 2x65 watt system. Could I DIY c02 with a 1x65?
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I dont want to have to inject c02, so Im not going with a 2x65 watt system. Could I DIY c02 with a 1x65?
Yes.

Here's a link for some advice I think works very well.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...o2-thread.html

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This is a tank I use to have setup W L D each 15.5" 1x65 watts. Newly setup it was great but I used DIY no jello and no ferts except liquid "Tetra" Brand. Tank worked great for about a year then I moved and tore it down to sell.

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I now use the light on a 29 gallon tank in bedroom
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TY for all the help dude, should I hold off on DIY c02 until I get the more powerful lights?
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You might want to look at a 1x55 watt kit from AH Supply. You will get more usable light into the tank with that setup than the 1x65 name brand light.
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TY for all the help dude, should I hold off on DIY c02 until I get the more powerful lights?
No not really as the smaller amount of co2 obtained from yeast will not harm the tank any with what you have. or you can wait depends on your timeframe of getting the light system.

Rex is right though i believe the systm he recomends is not encased so you would have to construct some sort of hood/canopy for the unit to be in or just lay it on top of the glass (if present). If you are not the builder type then getting one that is already constructed might be your only option.


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Rex, is there a cheap hood/canopy for him?

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Thanks for that link, Just Wondering why would a 55 provide more light as opposed to the 65 I mentioned?
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Thanks for that link, Just Wondering why would a 55 provide more light as opposed to the 65 I mentioned?
The reflector used by that bulb is more efficient and the bulb type is brighter.

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Thanks again. I got DIY c02 up and running so maybe my plants have a fighting chance! Should iIdose with flourish everyday also?
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Thanks again. I got DIY c02 up and running so maybe my plants have a fighting chance! Should iIdose with flourish everyday also?
I'm not the floursih expert here but...

Lower amounts of co2, lower amounts of ferts. Try every 2-3 days to start IMHO. Raise later if needed.

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You can dose as much Flourish as you want. But it adds almost no macros to the water.

You can buy a wooden enclosure from AH Supply or just mount the kit in your current strip light.

Take a few minutes and read my Guide. Lots of stuff covered in there you have not even yet thought to ask.
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