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Lighting Requirements for 125 gallon Planted Aquarium

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Lighting Requirements for 125 gallon Planted Aquarium
Old 03-24-2011, 10:32 AM   #11
 
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Hi Byron! Thought I'd give you an update on my tank. I changed out all my bulbs (holy cow I didn't realize the old ones were so dull!!!) and things are going well. The black algae has stopped spreading and everything is starting to perk up. Then... my light hood dies. The switch went on me quite a while back so I was just using the plug but then it stopped coming on at all. Figured it was time for a new hood. I bought a coralife hood that has compact florescents - gives me a little more wattage.

Anyway - things are going good and all my plants and fish seem to be happy. I've seen some really good growth on my plants since changing my bulbs and lots of bubbles on them (I read somewhere that the bubbles are the plants giving off oxygen as they photosynthesize - not sure if that's true but I hope it is!).

Thanks for all your help!
You're welcome. Glad things have improved. Yes, "pearling" is the release of oxygen so fast it forms small bubbles. This is a sign of high light and nutrients.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:42 AM   #12
 
Is Co2 necessary because I guess I could get one going but it might not be. With My 38 and all the fish in my signature would I need Co2?
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:54 AM   #13
 
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Is Co2 necessary because I guess I could get one going but it might not be. With My 38 and all the fish in my signature would I need Co2?
No. But, it depends upon what you want from your plants in the area of growth.

Plants have differing needs with respect to light and nutrients. Some do very well in low light with minimal nutrients (Java Fern, Anubias, etc), some in low light with more nutrients (crypts, etc), some with moderate light and nutrients (Vallisneria, Sagittaria, some stem plants, etc), some with moderate light and more nutrients (Echinodorus, other stem plants), some with higher light and nutrients (yet other stem plants)... you get the picture.

The first decision is what you want in your aquarium. If your goal is to grow high-light stem plants, have them flower, etc., you will need more light and higher nutrient levels, including CO2 diffusion. If your goal is to have a healthy planted tank with the minimum of "extras" such as my tanks in the photos, minimal light and minimal nutrients (and no CO2 diffusion) will achieve good plant growth.

In a couple of previous posts in this thread I mentioned the balance that is essential. Won't repeat.

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Old 03-24-2011, 06:52 PM   #14
 
thank you
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:57 AM   #15
 
Byron - I now have a white, slightly gritty deposit on my plant leaves. I can rub it off with my fingers. I'll take a picture to post later if needed - my camera is charging...

Any ideas what it might be? I was thinking it might be because of my hard water.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:35 PM   #16
 
that is weird
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:09 PM   #17
 
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We'll need that photo.
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:11 PM   #18
 
A photo is worth a 1000 words
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We'll need that photo.
OK - here's a couple pics. You can see the upper portion of the plant where I've rubbed it off this morning...

I read online somewhere that if you have too much magnesium in the water it can do something to the calcium???
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:04 PM   #20
 
I looks like little bubbles. If they are bubbles it is a sign of photosynthesis
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