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post #11 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 03:52 PM
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Yes I actually have two t8 18" lights, one for each side. I'll be going to home depot or lowes to pick up some better tubes for them and hope for the best.
I would probably stay away from wisteria. Especially since you have 2 18" bulbs. That won't be enough light for that plant. You might be alright letting it float but even then I don't know.
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post #12 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 06:37 PM
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Yes, I wouldn't waste money on Wisteria. I can guaranteee it will look nice for a short time, then start to fall apart. I have no luck with it in my 4-foot tank with two 48-inch tubes.

On the tubes, you want daylight or similarly named, with a kelvin of 6500K. I know Sylvania, Phillips and GE make these [I currently have the Phillips in the 48-inch length, and have used Sylvania's], but possibly not in every size (length of the tube is what you look for). If not, I can suggest others that will be more expensive (unfortunately) than those from the hardware store.

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Would I do any better with water sprite?
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post #14 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 07:32 PM
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Would I do any better with water sprite?
Yes. Water Sprite is an excellent floating plant, one of my favourites. Being floating (read our profile, it explains the difference between the floating species and the other) it is close to the light, and it can assimilate CO2 from the air.

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Sounds great. I'll try to update this thread with pictures as I go.
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post #16 of 42 Old 11-06-2011, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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So I was able to pick up 2 swords and 1 java fern yesterday to start out my plants. I also got some flourish comprehensive and I think I will be dosing twice a week. With only these 3 plants should I maybe only dose once a week?

I went to home depot and they didn't have any decent philips t8 tubes that I could find so I picked up the plant and aquarium ones. When I got them home and put them in they looked horrible and made my water look super yellow. I looked online for the kelvin on the bulbs because I couldn't find it on the packaging and found out they are only 2600k. Anyways, I took them back this morning and went to lowes and picked up the GE daylight bulbs. They look great in the tank.

I went ahead and removed the two fake plants I had in the same position and put in the swords. I then placed the java fern on my drift wood with some black string. I think it looks great and can't wait for the swords to get taller.

I'm thinking this tank will have to stay pretty sparsely planted as my wife doesn't really care for a lot of plants.

These pictures look a little yellow as I still have some tannins in my water from the driftwood.





I got a decent picture of one of my Angels
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post #17 of 42 Old 11-06-2011, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well I tried to resize the pictures but I don't think it took. If I have some time later I'll make them smaller.
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Looks good. Nice plants. Light should be fine. On the Flourish Comprehensive, I would say once a week. Other nutrients like carbon have to balance and CO2 will not be plentiful so no point in wasting the Flourish and feeding algae.

I really would suggest some floating plants. The angelfish will be more relaxed, and floaters are super at assimilating nutrients including ammonia. There are floating plants in our profiles, and some stem plants which are usually inexpensive work very well left floating too.

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post #19 of 42 Old 11-07-2011, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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My plan is still to get some Water Sprite, I just couldn't find any locally. I'll probably have to order it online. Thanks for the advice about the Flourish Byron.
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post #20 of 42 Old 11-22-2011, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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I am getting new submersed leaves growing on my swords, but the entire new leaves are transparent. I see that this is usually a nutrient deficiency. I am currently dosing once a week with flourish comprehensive. I have been looking for root tabs but haven't found them at petsmart or my LFS. I have one other LFS to check with but I'm not hopeful. Would it be worth it to buy these online; would it solve my problem?
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