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Old 01-22-2013, 06:55 PM   #21
 
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i really like the Echinodorus Kleiner Prinz i ahve looked into it before. I cant remember the exact wpg that it requries, but it is moderate tending to more needing high light. So you'd have to look into that. Its also quite small, like around 12'' tops so thats good for not overshadowing etc, AND it flowers underwater, not prolifically but the flower is pretty haha

very nice!! The flowering would be stunning to look at. What would you recommend for a 20 Long light set up? Keep in mind I don't have a ton of room because the tank is in the corner of my college dorm room.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:03 PM   #22
 
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Okay thanks, that is reasurring! My light set up is just a MarineLand LED Bar I will look into the Ludwigis Repens, from what I have seen it is very pretty.

Is this light set up going to be adequate and do you have any recommendations?
I would have to see this to say much, and from the data online I can't tell about its effectiveness for plants. It so happens that I am looking at the double bar one for one of my tanks.

Green-light plants generally manage under less light than red-leaf, so bear that in mind. This light may be OK for green but not enough light for red. This is only my surmise, since I can't find much data.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:10 PM   #23
 
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I would have to see this to say much, and from the data online I can't tell about its effectiveness for plants. It so happens that I am looking at the double bar one for one of my tanks.

Green-light plants generally manage under less light than red-leaf, so bear that in mind. This light may be OK for green but not enough light for red. This is only my surmise, since I can't find much data.

Okay, I did some research before I bought it and I found that people said their plants were growing fine and it was much better on space than traditional lighting. I pulled the trigger on it and so far it has worked fine. I guess I could try it with a cheaper red plant of sorts and see how it does.

I am going to order 1 Water Sprite, 2 Amazon Swords and 2 Pigmy Chain Swords. and Then go pick up 3 more Corys like you previously mentioned Byron.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #24
 
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Skimming through I think this was missed, the cories like groups, but so do the loaches so you will want to bump them up too (they also like sand like cories). I would however wait until your plants arrive so as to not overload the tank all at once, the plants will help keep the water in good condition.
If it counts for anything, crypts are my personal favourite plant. They do have a reputation for melting (dying off then regrowing) but I've never had this happen to me (and I abuse my plants a lot). I have a crypt that's almost at the top of my 20 gallon long (probably about 8" high) and I love it.

It looks good so far. A quick and easy "design" tip is, to take some black bristle board paper and tape it on the back. A black background looks very good, puts the focus on the fish, and if you use paper it's very cheap to do.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:13 PM   #25
 
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I bought a led light for the first time last thursday.......
the growth has been great! elodea doubled basically, the red plants that had greened off under inadequate lighting has return and they are really starting to grow too even as slow growers.

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I guess I could try it with a cheaper red plant of sorts and see how it does.


thats what i did...should have just trusted it though.........and i bought the highest light requirement plant i could - 3wpg or something...
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:16 PM   #26
 
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Welcome to the site.
Skimming through I think this was missed, the cories like groups, but so do the loaches so you will want to bump them up too (they also like sand like cories). I would however wait until your plants arrive so as to not overload the tank all at once, the plants will help keep the water in good condition.
If it counts for anything, crypts are my personal favourite plant. They do have a reputation for melting (dying off then regrowing) but I've never had this happen to me (and I abuse my plants a lot). I have a crypt that's almost at the top of my 20 gallon long (probably about 8" high) and I love it.

It looks good so far. A quick and easy "design" tip is, to take some black bristle board paper and tape it on the back. A black background looks very good, puts the focus on the fish, and if you use paper it's very cheap to do.

Okay thank you Olympia! I will make that background for it this week!! Also I will wait till the plants come in and get settled before I get 2-3 more loaches as well as 2 more corys.

Nilett, do you happen to know which LED light set up you have??
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:26 PM   #27
 
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Indeed i do.

High Quality LED aquarium fish tank lighting tube, white, blue and UV UVGI | eBay

they custom build it though - so i had the UV's stripped off, and went with about 80/20 white to blue. blue obviously adds nothing but prettiness
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:37 PM   #28
 
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Indeed i do.

High Quality LED aquarium fish tank lighting tube, white, blue and UV UVGI | eBay

they custom build it though - so i had the UV's stripped off, and went with about 80/20 white to blue. blue obviously adds nothing but prettiness

Awesome! That is really cool. I saved them to my favorites list on eBay so if and when mines goes bad I will purchase from them. I'm glad they do ship to the U.S.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #29
 
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ok, i have a thread, actually i'll link it, where you'll be able to see how the plants do under the lighting....

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-124866/page5/

I'm also going to keep it updated with lots of pics, including full tank ones weekly so i can keep track of its progress
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ok, i have a thread, actually i'll link it, where you'll be able to see how the plants do under the lighting....

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...-124866/page5/

I'm also going to keep it updated with lots of pics, including full tank ones weekly so i can keep track of its progress
Awesome!! I will save this so I can watch the progress.
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