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post #1 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys im new to freshwater plants how do you know if your plants are growing ? i cant really see much or any growth ...
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 11:54 AM
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*resists the strong urge to post facepalm picture*

umm, they're growing when... they grow. it should be noiticeable
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post #3 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 12:07 PM
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Some plants grow slowly. I have a Java Fern that hasn't grown as far as I can tell since I got it in November. On the other hand, my hornwort has doubled in size in half that time. I depends on the plants, the lighting, and any other 'plant food' you are feeding them.

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post #4 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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well maybe yall can help me. I have a 55 long with stock lamps but i changed the bulbs to 2 15 watts aqua-glo t8 18,000k. i don't really have money to buy bigger lights for the tank. Will that be good for my plants to live/grow on ?

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post #5 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 04:49 PM
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I may be wrong, but I believe that is SW lighting. You may be able to get a bulb for the same fixture intended for fw setups, but I am not sure. When setting up a planted tank, aim for 6500k (full spetrum "daylight" bulb).

What kind of plants do you have?

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FireOasis - 3g
Zachary the Halfmoon Plakat

CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
0.0.7 Black Widow Tetra
1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

HermitBase - 10g
Zephus & Monoculus the Purple Pinchers (Coenobita clypeatus)

BreedingProjects
x1 Convict Cichlid Pair (actively breeding)
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post #6 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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lol i use to have a sw tank but it kind of helps to have a job before you start one -.- lol i post pictures im not sure what they are called
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post #7 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 05:02 PM
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18000K are actinic bulbs. Go buy some "daylight" 6500k bulbs from wal-mart. They are only a few dollars.


Next, buy some Flourish Comprehensive liquid fertiliser. Pro Plant is also a good brand, but less concentrated.
With the liquid ferts and decent lighting (ie whatever fits your hood), you should have good luck with most plants.

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post #8 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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alright cool i have the liquid fertiliser but will 2 15 watt bulbs work for the tank ?
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post #9 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 05:51 PM
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Depends on your tank size and whether we're talking about T12 (the older wide tubes), T6 (the new super-skinny ones), or the T8's (in the middle.).

I'd go with T8s if you can, but you have to get T12, it'll do.

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post #10 of 16 Old 02-02-2011, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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i have t 8s
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