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Second lighting fixture on 44g?
Old 05-25-2010, 07:11 AM   #31
 
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I have a ton of crypts, my dwarf saggitaria, and one sword plant so I have quite a few root feeders and I was just (I guess randomly) refering to those. The dwarf sag seems to be not growing at all and the algae is starting to take over the leaves. The anubias is actually growing decently for how I think an anubias has grown. Maybe 4 new leaves since I got it a month or two ago? I know they grow slow. I'll keep watching it. But the algae seems to be spreading very slowly, but since the anubias leaves NEVER die (they just sit there for like months) I guess that's why.


Anyways, I guess I will just keep watching it. The difficult part for me and trying to control the algae is I'm not sure what exactly is lacking but it's hard to know...

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Old 05-25-2010, 10:30 AM   #32
 
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I have a ton of crypts, my dwarf saggitaria, and one sword plant so I have quite a few root feeders and I was just (I guess randomly) refering to those. The dwarf sag seems to be not growing at all and the algae is starting to take over the leaves. The anubias is actually growing decently for how I think an anubias has grown. Maybe 4 new leaves since I got it a month or two ago? I know they grow slow. I'll keep watching it. But the algae seems to be spreading very slowly, but since the anubias leaves NEVER die (they just sit there for like months) I guess that's why.


Anyways, I guess I will just keep watching it. The difficult part for me and trying to control the algae is I'm not sure what exactly is lacking but it's hard to know...
Sorry if this seems to be repetitious, but the point is that when the light is balanced with the available nutrients the plants out-compete the algae. Some algae will be there, it is natural; we just ensure it is in check.

A good comprehensive liquid fert plus adequate light is all there is to it.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:36 AM   #33
 
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I also don't encourage critters to be introduced as a problem solver (algae eaters for algae, loaches for snails, etc) but I have 1 exception to the rule...

I purposefully introduce MTS to all my tanks for their benefits- eating algae, aerating the gravel, etc. and sometimes ramshorns for algae cleanup. (Not to get rid of an infestation, but perhaps to clean up once the problem is resolved)

The only reason you would want to add another bulb, is because with higher light, CO2, and ferts, the plants grow faster. Faster growth does mean less stable in most cases... (plants grow fast, and outcompete the bacteria, which isn't really a problem... until you trim the leaves, and trigger a cycle because the plants can't use all the ammonia anymore)

If you added another bulb, you would probably have to consider CO2 supplementation (along with constant ph and nutrient monitoring to know when to dose. High-tech can 'crash', with disasterous consequences for plants and fish.)

I'm plan on setting up a "middle-tech" tank soon, but it's strictly for selling plants. I want to see if it's profitable, even though it probably won't be. (I have 2 unused 10 gallons right now, so meh.)
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:08 PM   #34
 
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What's wrong with adding fish/animals to help maintain the tank? I can kind of see why, but as long as you don't see them as "lesser" than any of the other fish what's the problem? @_@

But thanks for the reply redchigh. I guess we'll see how the plants grow with 1 light. Guess we'll see what happens. :)

Goodluck with your middle tech tank. I don't think plants can be all that profitable esp. with 2 10g tanks only. But maybe make a few bucks. :) Might be fun too.
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:49 AM   #35
 
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Just felt like saying my Red Tiger Lotus sent out a leaf I think. :) It is coming back!!! ^___^
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