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Buying Cool Looking Plants
Old 12-18-2006, 05:19 PM   #11
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Something that seems to be catching on in the hobby is going out and finding new plants from foreign and/or local cuisine. There are a lot of herbs that are used in many different ethnic foods that can be grown submerged. Some restaurants will have live plants they grow that you might be able to buy from or order them. Ethnic shops also have some [plants too that might works, the odoratum (genus, I think) is a coomon one as well as lymnophila aromatica.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:24 PM   #12
In my 35+ years in the hobby I have found that quality of lighting has a resounding effect on plant growth not necessarily the number of watts or the brightness of the bulb. You obviously have found the balance. However, as you add plants that tend to grow lower(pygmy chain swords, ect) you may want to increase the intensity. Keep in mind, however, that the spectrum of light must NOT be compromised for the sake of intensity. By using glass canopies in lieu of traditional black plastic hoods, one can easily add an extra light thereby increasing the lumens used. Lumens is a number used to inform one of the intensity or brightness of a light bulb. The higher the number, the brighter the light.
I'm glad to see more aquarists using live plants again. It is not much different in theory than keeping fish. All you need to do is meet the requirements needed to keep'em healthy.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:06 AM   #13
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if money permits...u may want to check into some t5 lighting.
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