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Hey guys as I said in the title I just got a 75 gal tank all set up and ready to go and now I am going to start getting into live plants. I have done this before with little success so this time I thought that I would try a lot harder. I know that it has to do with my lighting set up and I just don't know what to buy to get the plants to grow. I am using a CO2 booster to increase the amount of CO2 in the water to help out. Any advice is greatly appreciated thanks in advance.
 

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Couple of questions:

What kind of plants are you looking to grow.

What is your substrate.

Will you be dosing fertilizers.

What do you mean when you say CO2 booster

Have a gniess day. -Scott
 

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I am looking to grow amazon swords, java fern, and right now there is water wisteria and modo grass in it. I would like the swords to be able to grow the most.
My substrate is a mix of florite and sand.
Umm if I have to use a fertilizer then I will, but right now I am not. Should I be?
And I got told to use API's CO2 booster in the aquarium to help the plants along. Should I be using that?
Thank you for the help, Justin.
 

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If you're asking about what lighting you need with the plants you mentioned, you probably could just use a 2 bulb t8 shop light. Although I'm not sure what Mondo grass is or its light requirements.

Amazon swords are heavy root feeders so using root tabs would help them.



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As Snow said you can go with a T8 fixture from a hardware store. I've found spectrum is just as important (if not more important) than intensity. Most of the plants you mentioned are low/medium light so T8s should be a good range.

If you want more intensity you can go with a four bulb fixture (or two, two bulb fixtures). For bulbs my favorite temperature is 6500k (Daylight). It's a nice mix of whites with a slight tint of blue.

Here are a few shots of the light I made for my 29g (this one has LEDs but the 55g is made of T8s). It's a simple design and easy to make with some 1x6"s. You may also need to purchase a three prong plug and wire into that. It's not difficult.



 
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