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Hey guys, I believe this is my first post and I am in need of some guidance. This is not my first tank, but it IS my first tank with high lighting. Please diagnose my problem and give me some guidance.

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10 gallon
48 watts of 6700 k lighting, GLO fixture.
Substrate is Seachem's Flourite Red.
Temp 74F-77F
CO2 supply is Flourish Excel and nutrients are provided with the Flourish lineup.









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I haven't had a planted tank for long, but just by looking at your specs, you have too much light. You want around 15W max if you're going low tech. If you're going high-tech, the lighting is OK and you need pressurized CO2
Ahhh man, I was planning on not dropping big money for a small 10 gallon tank. Is it possible that DIY CO2 would work? Or is it possible that my this is due to phosphate or nitrate starving?
 

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ya you are running 4.8wpg, that is HIGH, raise your lights up, or put a layer or two of glass.
The fixture rests on top of a Glass hood. I have 2 regular fixtures that I could use, it standard bulbs. Puts out 30 watts. I thought that would be good, but the last time I had cabomba in the tank, the cabomba died off slowly. The bulbs were even made for plant growth. Maby I'll give that a shot instead and see what happens.

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If it's only 10 gallons, you won't need both strips. If you say combined they are 30W, then one light should be around 15W. I would only stick with 1 light and see how it does. Should be a lot better as you'll be around 1.5W per gallon. Low tech tanks need roughly 1W per gallon.

EDIT: Unless you want to stick with a high tech tank, keep the two strip lights, and you will need to get pressurized CO2 (as I said in a previous post) or you can look into a DIY CO2 (paintball CO2 is prolly your best bet)
 

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The second picture looks like typical melting due to transition to me.
ex. "Crypt melt''
Some plants will melt with an overdose of Excel also.
Give your plants time to adjust.
You need to find the right lighting and plants.
Sorry, but I only use screw in fluorescent bulbs over my ten, so I can't really help you with the lighting.

Types of Cabomba and requirements info;
http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_search.php?search=cabomba&type=Search
 

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If it's only 10 gallons, you won't need both strips. If you say combined they are 30W, then one light should be around 15W. I would only stick with 1 light and see how it does. Should be a lot better as you'll be around 1.5W per gallon. Low tech tanks need roughly 1W per gallon.

EDIT: Unless you want to stick with a high tech tank, keep the two strip lights, and you will need to get pressurized CO2 (as I said in a previous post) or you can look into a DIY CO2 (paintball CO2 is prolly your best bet)
Could you throw some plants at me that are good for low tech tanks besides java fern? Thanks for the advice by the way.
 

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The second picture looks like typical melting due to transition to me.
ex. "Crypt melt''
Some plants will melt with an overdose of Excel also.
Give your plants time to adjust.
You need to find the right lighting and plants.
Sorry, but I only use screw in fluorescent bulbs over my ten, so I can't really help you with the lighting.

Types of Cabomba and requirements info;
http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_search.php?search=cabomba&type=Search
Thanks for the help!
 

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Look at this thread. It's a sticky in the Low Tech forum of this site. These are some of the plants that I will be putting into my 55G once it's set up. If you don't know what what they look like, just google their names and you'll get an idea.

EDIT: Posting in that forum with questions will also get you a lot of advice and they will prolly give you ideas on what plants to get as well
 

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Look at this thread. It's a sticky in the Low Tech forum of this site. These are some of the plants that I will be putting into my 55G once it's set up. If you don't know what what they look like, just google their names and you'll get an idea.

EDIT: Posting in that forum with questions will also get you a lot of advice and they will prolly give you ideas on what plants to get as well
Thanks a lot!!!!
 
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