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2 plant issues! Anyone mind helping? =)
Old 12-16-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
 
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2 plant issues! Anyone mind helping? =)

#1 Duckweed! I used to like it, now I hate it! I can't do anything in the aquarium without coating my arm/hand/net/whatever with it! I want it gone! Do I need to spend 4-5 hours completely getting out every little piece or is there an easy solution? It's starting to grow in my two other aquariums as well, though not as bad, but I want it gone! My 44g aquarium is beginning to grow it and I have fry hiding near the top so it's very hard to scoop it out I have to put it into a bucket, make sure there is no fry, and dump.

#2 Well, not really an issue, but I bought a Life-Glo 2, which is 20w for my 29g aquarium. I could not find the lumens on the packaging. It is 6700 K which I know is acceptable, but I am wondering if the lumens are strong enough. I'm guessing them are, but just want to make sure this light is acceptable. I couldn't find a regular life-glo.

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Old 12-16-2010, 07:31 AM   #2
 
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#1 Duckweed! I used to like it, now I hate it! I can't do anything in the aquarium without coating my arm/hand/net/whatever with it! I want it gone! Do I need to spend 4-5 hours completely getting out every little piece or is there an easy solution? It's starting to grow in my two other aquariums as well, though not as bad, but I want it gone! My 44g aquarium is beginning to grow it and I have fry hiding near the top so it's very hard to scoop it out I have to put it into a bucket, make sure there is no fry, and dump.

#2 Well, not really an issue, but I bought a Life-Glo 2, which is 20w for my 29g aquarium. I could not find the lumens on the packaging. It is 6700 K which I know is acceptable, but I am wondering if the lumens are strong enough. I'm guessing them are, but just want to make sure this light is acceptable. I couldn't find a regular life-glo.

Thanks guy! :)
i cant help you much on question #2 but number 1 is simple lol some people consider duckweed to be a pest because of its fast growth rate and the mess it makes,blocks out alot of light, plus it can clog your filter. The only way to remove it is to take all the bits one. May take awhile...especially if you want to save the fry...
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:29 AM   #3
 
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The Life-Glo 2 is fine; I have one of these on my 33g if you care to check out the photos. The Life-Glo (without the "2") is more expensive and a bit more intense light due to the coating on half the inside of the tube that reflects light.

Duckweed can be hard to get rid of; near-invisible bits will be on plants and the only way is constant (weekly) removal of what you can see/get. Fish do like to eat this, especially vegatarians. But I find even my pencilfish and tetra eat it, though not to any great extent of course; not suggesting this as a means of getting rid of it, only that it is useful.

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