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post #1 of 10 Old 09-30-2011, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Can i overplant my tank?

I'm in the process of planting my 38Gl tank, and so far everything is doing well. I have removed my air pump, and the fish are doing fine as well. My concern now is that I might end up over planting it. I don't think I have reached that point yet, but I was wondering if there are any signs that I might have too many. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-30-2011, 03:56 PM
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I'm in the process of planting my 38Gl tank, and so far everything is doing well. I have removed my air pump, and the fish are doing fine as well. My concern now is that I might end up over planting it. I don't think I have reached that point yet, but I was wondering if there are any signs that I might have too many. Thanks.
I do not think you can over plant as long as your fish can swim around lol/ Heavy planting is way better then just having a few plants in your tank this way the plants take up the nutrients that algae lives on which means you should get little or no algae. Is it a low light or high light tank.

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post #3 of 10 Old 09-30-2011, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 24" T8 light that was made for plant growth. I don't remember the exact name. Is that considered low or high? It stays on about 10 hrs a day.
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I have a 24" T8 light that was made for plant growth. I don't remember the exact name. Is that considered low or high? It stays on about 10 hrs a day.
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Good question!! I have the same bulb in a 36 gallon bow (20-inches tall) and would like to know also.
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post #6 of 10 Old 09-30-2011, 06:40 PM
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The only real thing you risk by "over planting" is light not being able to get to all the plants due to density (not to mention no swimming room), its not a matter of having more or higher intensity light as its plants blocking other plants from getting light.
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post #7 of 10 Old 09-30-2011, 06:46 PM
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Too many plants will stress fish out if they are active swimmers. Schooling fish pretty much need some room to shoal. If you have a small tank like a 10g, then it's important to leave a good amount of room to swim. Plant according with a concentration in the background, not too many in the foregound, and room to swim on top.

In larger tanks, or taller tanks, it's pretty hard to over plant.

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My bulb is a:

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-30-2011, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the replies. my main concern was CO2 for the plants, or some other unknown factor that might stress out the fish or plants. sounds like as long as I have a good balance of light and swimming space I should be ok.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-01-2011, 12:08 PM
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First to respond on the previous question(s) about the light:

Saint fu, what is the tube you now have? And what is the length of your 38g tank?

n2fish, the tube you mention is OK as far as spectrum. Over a 36g it is probably pushing it, but low and most moderate-light plants should be OK.

I have a single T8 24-inch tube over my 29g which is 30 inches length.

Second, to the question about plants and space. It depends solely on the fish. If the tank has active swimmers, planting around the sides and back with open swimming space lengthwise in front is essential. This would be required for barb, danio, some (but not all) characins. Opposite,. if you have quiet-water fish like gourami, pencilfish, rasbora, many characins, dwarf cichlids...a jungle will suit them fine. Some of these (gourami) occur in swamps and weed-choked ditches.

Unless the tank is overstocked with fish, you will not have any issues with oxygen/CO2 no matter how many plants (and assuming you are not adding CO2 by diffusion). A natural planted tank looks after itself.

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