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post #1 of 78 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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This is my first planted tank. It is 125gal it has a rena XP3 filter florite and sand substrate CO2 system on it. I do not remember most of the names of the plants that I put in there there are so many. There are alot of fish in it also I think that I could sit down and name all of those. This is my first time on here and I need advice and your opinions please. Thanks

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Well it looks good to me. Maybe a black background. What is your lighting? How many watts per gallon is on this tank? Are you running CO2 at all? Can you put together a list of plants and fish? From the Picture I see a dwarf Gourami, Platys, Cremsicle Lyretail Molly, Flame Tetra(?), a female guppy, Anubias, Vallisneria or Onion Plant and it seems a dracanea sp. is in there too but a better pic would be needed.


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I will try to get a better picture of the tank but I am not sure about what plants are in there I just picked all of the ones that I liked. The fish guppies mollies, neon tetras, glow light tetras, african dwarf frogs, upside down catfish, gouramis, hatchet fish. There may be a few more in there. There is a CO2 system on there. The light is the stock on that came with the tank. Do you think that is enough light or do you think I need to get another one to add to it.
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Im unfamiliar with how many watts a standard 6' bulb is so maybe someone can help you there. Im sure it is lowlight as all strip bulbs put you at lowlight. Depending on the plants you want to grow you may need more lighting on the tank.


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The lights are F30T8 36" 26k Eclipse Natural Daylight
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room for improvement;
single XP3 on a 125gal tank?
Bubble wand while diffusing Co2?

if you give us the dimensions of
the tank, we can advise you on
lighting upgrade possibilities.


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The tank is 72x18x23
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I would get a pair of 36" fixtures
each with T5HO 2x39 watt bulb.
that pink bulb enhances colors.



you can get a square acrylic bar to
hold them both up from the center,
and get rid of the glass canopy, as
these fixtures come with wire-legs.

a pair of 1x96w 36" fixtures would
also work, but it's hard to find one
without a half Blue bulb. Blue bulbs
are less helpful with planted tanks.



these fixtures are narrow enough
that you could double up on them
later should you want to get into
more high light demanding plants.


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what about these Actinic White 12000K T-5 HO Fluorescent Tubes
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please elaborate the context or provide a link when asking such a question.
white bulbs between 6500-10,000 are generally used for planted tanks.
you can use 12,000 bulbs, but they may make your tank appear too blue,
and lack power at the red end of the light spectrum your plants also need.
generally white bulbs in the 10-20k range are used for saltwater reef tanks.


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chris, you started this thread asking for advice and opinions.
maybe you should tell us why you are not satisfied with your tank?
I mean, clearly you need more filtration and light, but maybe you
should tell us how much money you have to spend, and what is
it about your tank that you most want to see improved?

please elaborate; what is the "CO2 system on there" ?


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Here are most of the plants











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the bamboo stem plant
and the white stripped
leaf plant, or not meant
to be kept under water.


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here is a pic of the CO2 system
http://a1272.g.akamai.net/7/1272/112...1_FS21173P.jpg
I just want to make sure that the plants have plenty of everything they need. I have already spent $1800 on the tank and everything in it I am willing to spend a little more money on it but I want to spend as little as possible.
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