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Nothing Will Grow (I'm getting HORNWART-IDLY desperate)
Old 12-06-2008, 09:04 AM   #21
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I think your problem is in the lighting although I'm definitely not even close to being an expert. 20 watts over a 33 gallon just isn't going to grow anything. What I would do is just get a glass canopy and a standard home depot light fixture which you would hang over the tank. Then, just get some good plant bulbs (I would aim for 2-3 watts per gallon and if you can't find that in a one bulb fixture, then get 2 or 3). And I agree with what has been said about the 80 gallon tank. It will cost you a lot, so get it sorted out first in the 33, then aim for the 80.

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Old 12-06-2008, 11:58 PM   #22
 
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Would it Hurt?

Because for NOW I only have the 20 watt tank light (On the hunt for higher wattage) Would it hurt my fish to leave the light on for longer. I know I would have to turn it off at night for a couple hours for my plecos to come out and get their veggie wafers but is it ok?
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Old 12-07-2008, 12:08 AM   #23
 
No, plants need darkness as much as they need light. The lights should be on no longer than 10 hours a day. Leaving the lights on longer will not help the plants, just cause other problems.
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