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post #1 of 5 Old 01-05-2013, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Plant ID -- micro sword?

Hi, new here but am amazed at the wealth of information already! I'm setting up a new 55g and have a question about one of my plants that I purchased from the LFS. It was labeled as a micro chain sword but the worker didn't sound confident. Is it an actual micro chain sword, or something else?
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-05-2013, 06:10 PM
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I am inclined to think that is Lilaeopsis brasiliensis. The leaves are usually up to 6cm (about 2.5 inches) long.

This is not an easy plant; brighter light and CO2 diffusion definitely help it. I have it in my 70g and it is very slow, to the point of scarcely spreading. My pygmy chain sword overtook it long ago.

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post #3 of 5 Old 01-05-2013, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 55 gallon tank with 4 4' t5 6500k bulbs on it. I'm not venturing into the world of CO2 at this time. Think it will grow ok?
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I have a 55 gallon tank with 4 4' t5 6500k bulbs on it. I'm not venturing into the world of CO2 at this time. Think it will grow ok?
I'm going to assume it's T5HO. That is a lot of light. I really don't think you can have all that and not use CO2.
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Agree. I would not have more than two 48-inch tubes over a 4-foot 55g. If you have T5, and you can light only two of the four tubes (I'm assuming they are one fixture), then using two NO (= normal output) tubes will be OK. But even two HO [= high output] tubes will be a lot of light. I've had this, and returned them for T8. [T8 is about the same as T5 NO. T5 HO is about 1.5 times more intense than the same type in T8.]

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