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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 03:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hello im new to the planted tanks i could use some advice i have a 55g acrylic hexagon tank. I have the seacem flourite substrate i have tried growing plants before like hornwort and java moss but ended up killing them. I dont know if i have enough light or if the substrate is wrong. I have leds and the only thing i ended up growing was algea. I could really use some advice on lighting also i dont have co2 to much of a hasle.

This what my setup looks like the leds go over the opening
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 03:06 AM
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I know nothing about LEDs but what exactly do you have? Not sure if they work in kelvin ratings and watts per diode or something but its good info to post up.
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Theses are the leds i bought on ebay hope this helps !!
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Your light is for salt water aquariums not a planted fresh water tank.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-19-2013, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Really? I'm new to this hobby I didn't know what lights to get! what lights would you recommend ?
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Yes. The "Marine" in the title refers to a marine, or saltwater setup. You can also tell since it's in the 10000K range of light. That's usual for marine or higher.

Some lights can be a Finnex, BuildMyLED or Current-USA fixtures.
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Go to the lighting section on this forum and go to the sticky and research the necessitys of a planted tank.
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Ok thank you for the help one more thing how many wpg ?
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Don't buy a new light! That's clearly NOT your problem, 10000k is just as effective for our purposes as 6700k or similar! Assuming your light is made up of 1w LEDs, you should be getting a solid 15w of usable light.

If possible, I'd turn off the blue lights, they're not really helping anything, the 460nm light is only really feeding one of the main forms of chlorophyll, and without hitting the peaks on at least A and B it doesn't add any reasonable growth.

Your tank should work for low light plants. There's probably a lack of vital nutrients (you look like you have a very light stocking level) which may contribute to poor growth/plant death.

People are too often merely stating an assumed truth from flawed observation.
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There's only 4 cichlids in there should I add more fish
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No offense meant but have you cycled your tank?
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Yeah of course I did
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I honestly wouldn't put plants in a tank full of cichlids *they look like Africans correct me if I am wrong* in my experiance they just dig plants up and kill them.
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Ok thanks I always see them eating some algae of the bricks
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But I plan on selling them and start breeding guppies
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