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Old 10-18-2009, 12:41 PM   #11
 
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by the photocynthesis period you mean light on??
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:43 PM   #12
 
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by the photocynthesis period you mean light on??
yeah
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:47 PM   #13
 
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ok!! some middleschool science is coming back to me lol...after doing some reasearch on the 2 plants a mentioned it seems the dwarf hygrophila does do better with co2 injection??
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Old 10-18-2009, 12:55 PM   #14
 
its a very easy plant to grow in my experience
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:00 PM   #15
 
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with or without co2?? and if co2 is needed is there any DIY
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:03 PM   #16
 
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with or without co2?? and if co2 is needed is there any DIY
I will be fine without CO2 with the lighting you have, the Easy carbo i recommended, is a CO2 alternative, you may have to use excel in the states as im not sure if easy carbo is available.
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:08 PM   #17
 
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oh boy....more stuff i dont understand....lol.....but again VERY willing to learn i will google the easy carbo/excel
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:37 PM   #18
 
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so i went to my lfs and told them what i was looking for and they didnt have anything instock.....how ever they did rec. this one plant...it looks nice....but they said fish sometimes like to nibble on it so they gave me a clipping to tryout before i went and spent money on it and just had it become tonights main course......i dont recall the name but i have to go back up in a bit to pick up a fish and i will have them write the name down for me
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:16 PM   #19
 
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You can grow anything with that light over a 20 gallon, but some plants will require injected CO2

if you just want to grow easy plants, like anubias, echinodorus and crypt species etc, then you will be fine with an inert substrate, but dosing an all in one fertiliser that will provide your plants with full NPK+trace (TPN+ if your in the UK) elements so they can thrive, when you plants are thriving, algae will not, its as simple as that.

i take it your still cycling? fish in?

I would not add plants until your cycle has finished, as they will be covered in algae whilst ammonia levels are elevated.
i would suggest adding your plants while it is cycling as this will cyle your tank faster since they act as filtration. any algae that gets onto your plants can be easily removed by just rubbing it off of the leaves
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Old 10-18-2009, 05:34 PM   #20
 
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i did get one plant today fighttest....thanks for the feed back
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