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post #11 of 18 Old 09-30-2010, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
First two pics are the bottoms of the two original plants. With the low light they were growing pretty much straight upward, and and as fast as the new leaves could sprout at the top, the lower leaves would die off. Once I added more light they started to grow outward. The third pic is the tops of the first two.
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post #12 of 18 Old 09-30-2010, 06:34 PM
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That leaf shape is due to low light, so that answers the question of light. I'll have to look into these T6 tubes. Could you give me the name of the T6, manufacturer and any info you can, so I can look them up online and see what I can find out?

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post #13 of 18 Old 09-30-2010, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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That leaf shape is due to low light, so that answers the question of light. I'll have to look into these T6 tubes. Could you give me the name of the T6, manufacturer and any info you can, so I can look them up online and see what I can find out?
They're Coralife brand "square-pin" style CFL, 6700k. Don't know why I was thinking 6500k.
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post #14 of 18 Old 10-12-2010, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
Is there a way to find out my CO2 ppm? I got into an algae discussion on another forum, and they're pushing me to use excel.
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post #15 of 18 Old 10-12-2010, 11:22 AM
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Some people swear by excel as a way to get rid of algae.

Personally, I've never done it, and have always kept algae by tweaking the system a bit.
Before you run out and buy stuff, have you tried shortening the length of time the lights are on?

Do you have any 'cleaners' in your tank? (I use snails.)

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post #16 of 18 Old 10-12-2010, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Some people swear by excel as a way to get rid of algae.

Personally, I've never done it, and have always kept algae by tweaking the system a bit.
Before you run out and buy stuff, have you tried shortening the length of time the lights are on?

Do you have any 'cleaners' in your tank? (I use snails.)
That's the thing... originally I thought I had a CO2 issue, then I was told it was low light, now I'm being told CO2. No matter how long the lights stay on I get algae either way tho lol. I'm probably getting some nerite snails. I just need to know for sure if it's the carbon or lighting route I need to go before I add my next plants.
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post #17 of 18 Old 10-12-2010, 11:35 AM
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Do you still dose flourish 1-2 times a week?
Did you raise the light to what you had originally?

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post #18 of 18 Old 10-12-2010, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
still using flourish... lighting is about 3w/g, 10-13hrs/day depending on what shift I'm working. money was non-existing this month, so still no timer and couldn't afford bulbs for the fixture that's going to replace the T8s.
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