04-18-2012, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
Yes if you want to really do high light you will need a full dry fertilizer regime with daily dosing. I would suggest 2 T5 HO bulbs to get you into high light levels. FIY pressurized CO2 does not make things easy, I can guarantee you will have algae at first even with it and you will have to work to balance your fertilizers and CO2 to the light levels to get rid of that algae. High tech is just as much work, if not more then a well done low tech tank with good light on it.
I use CO2 and medium-high light tend to stick with low-medium light plants and just grow them really fast. Its hard to keep high light plants happy with lower light plants unless you are constantly pruning back their competition. I've grown some high-light plants before but with only weekly pruning they always get over run and smothered by the other plants.
This is sound advice, all of it, but the point about combining different-requirement plants is one not often considered and applies to any aquarium. Just as fish has differing needs, so do some plants.
On an unrelated note, Mikaila, I thought of you during my last trip to the Vancouver Aquarium. Their aquatic caecilians had bred, and they had five youngsters about 5-6 inches long in a mesh net to keep them apart from the parents (presumably). Did you ever breed yours?