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  1. Barbels
    08-11-2010 05:42 PM - permalink
    I did not mention which light fixture I'm using...

    Another big mistake I made which had to do with plant-buying, I bought way more than needed. I had more plants on my hands than I'd needed, and as they grew, I realized I could have made do with much fewer plants. It wound up costing way, WAY more money than it should have.
    I bought some from (Arizona Gardens) or something like that. A couple others, but I don't remember who.
    This time around, I will shop cheaper - much, much cheaper. I think I'll try the forum's swap n shop, and sometimes eBay has some decent deals.
  2. Barbels
    08-11-2010 05:21 PM - permalink
    It said the same thing...same explanation...
    Well, I have rambled on to only say that at the TPT forum you will find people who know what they're doing, and have amazing information that you need. Just type in the search box or feel free to post your questions, which I'm sure you will have done, by the time I've finished yacking and gotten this sent to you.
    I'm sorry, I wish I could advise you, but I do feel honored that you'd call on me. Do let me say that it's nice to have you at TPT, welcome!
  3. Barbels
    08-11-2010 05:20 PM - permalink

    I won't be trying anything fancy this time. I'll be thrilled with low-light, easy slow-growing plants.

    Of course, algae is normal in all tanks, and just part of tank maintenance, but if you have lighting that is too bright, and no Co2 or unstable Co2 or an imbalance of fertilizers, it'll probably become a horrible algae nightmare.
    Sorry, I'll try to make better sense;a better way of saying it is that high lighting causes fast plant growth, causing the plants to really need the other things; if they don't get it, they suffer and algae takes advantage. High-tech tanks require Co2 in correct and stable amounts, and the right amount of fertilizers. Low-lighting causes slower plant growth and so a lower requirement of those things.
  4. Barbels
    08-11-2010 05:19 PM - permalink
    As I tried to send this off to you, it wouldn't let me send because, 'The text that you have entered is too long...Please shorten it to 1000 characters long.' I couldn't reduce my gabbing to 1000 characters, as much as I tried, so I will try this experiment. I am going to try to send it in 2 parts. So if you only get half of my answer, you will know why...

    Well hello, a big welcome to this hangout! I'd feel so proud of myself if I could give you good answers. I only have 'planted tank obsessed' because I've a certain number of posts.
    My tank ended in a horrible black brush algae death caused by too high lighting & imbalance of other things. It was 75 gallons/220 watts compact fluorescents.
    I am getting ready for a 55g NO-TECH, LOW-LIGHT tank. Personally I'll be using Normal Output lighting(you'll see it called NO lighting at the forum)because I won't be using Co2 or a whole lot of ferts, if any.
  5. nicks7.1985
    08-11-2010 06:58 AM - permalink
    hi i have a question.....would i be better off using 130 watts compact florescent lights or 108 watts high output florescent. iv never been on this site before and i dont even know if its ok to ask ppl questions randomly. thanks anyway.
    your name said planted tank obsessed..i figured u may be able to help

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