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post #1 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Is this enough lighting?

I just joined this forum so bear with me. I'm half-way done aquascaping my 75 gallon planted aquarium. So far I have several low-light plants in it. I was thinking of upgrading my lighting to a pair of shop light fixture that holds 2 t8 bulbs. I know the correct kelvin rating and everything, but would this amount of light allow me to grow microsword plants?
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 10:19 AM
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If you plan on increasing light, then you should plan on dosing fertilizer and possibly injecting CO2. Lights, nutrients, and CO2 availability must be in balance. Otherwise you will have problems with algae.

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post #3 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks. I plan on dosing Excel instead of injecting C02. Do you have any reccomendations on fertilizer brands?
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post #4 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 01:30 PM
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For a large tank like that dosing Excel really isn't too convenient, and you'd need to buy large quantities of it. You'd probably be better of getting an actual CO2 system, but if you can put in the time everyday to dose Excel then it could work. As for fertilizers, Seachem's line has worked well for me, but for a large tank like that you may want to look into dry fertilizers, as they are cheaper.

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post #5 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 01:35 PM
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I agree, in a tank that size it would be a smart idea to either invest in a co2 system or go with less light and low light plants like annubias and java fern/moss.
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Just went to the LFS and they didn't have excel, but they did have this: NutraFin CO2 Natural Plant System at PETCO. I'm on a budget, so I'd rather use this or DIY C02. Do you think it would be adequate?
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 02:32 PM
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That system and DIY CO2 really only work for smaller tanks, as they don't produce enough CO2 to be of any use in a larger tank. Excel can be purchased in bulk online.

If you really want to keep costs down, you'd be best off with a low tech tank. There are many plants, such as a large variety of Cryptocoryne species, that will do well in low light.

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post #8 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 02:35 PM
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I have seen terrific results with DIY co2 so I would say give it a try. the product mentioned is basically just a marketed version of DIY co2. personally I would make my own.
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. I'll see about buying excel online and I'll get Seachem Flourish Comprehensive from my lfs. I there anything else I need to know.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-21-2012, 02:53 PM
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What substrate are you using? If it is not soil or a plant specific substrate, you should look into getting root tabs. I've had good experiences with a company called Root Medic (they can be found online), but I know of many people who have gotten positive results with Seachem root tabs as well.

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