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Some basic planted tank questions
Old 09-29-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
 
Some basic planted tank questions

Its been quite a few years since Ive had a fully planted tank and amazed at how much stuff Ive forgotten. Its slowly coming back but can't help but feel things are being forgotten. Was hoping to go with a mid-light tank - get some vals and just expand plant options.

37Gallon tank (30"W X 12"D X 22"H)

Here are the things I'm looking at going with - please let me know if there are better options out there - or if I'm missing something

-Adding flourite to existing gravel - so would be 50-50 mix

-Aqualight 30" T5 dual fixture - was hoping to get one 10K and one blue for daytime and night time ... would one bulb be enough? Looking for fixture that has individual switches for each bulb. Do not remember if the compact or T5 was a better option ...

-Flourish or flourish trace for ferts

-Was hoping to not have to go with CO2 - this tank does not have undertank storage so limited options. Curious about others opinion on this.

Anything else that is being missed??

Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:42 AM   #2
 
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You want at least one bulb that's a full spectrum if you are going to be running a 10,000k bulb.

Also you want Flourish comprehensive. The flourish trace is just trace minerals such as Iron being one. Depending on your setup and plants I guess those won't hurt but the comprehensive is the fertilizer.

Are the lights you are wanting High output T5s or Normal output? As high as that tank is I think either way you probably can get away with either lights and not have to have Co2. You might have to play with the light duration and your fertilizing regiment.
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
 
Thanks for the clarification with the ferts ... I do remember taking some time to get the ferts down. Back then I had purchased individual chemicals and dosed each separately - was hoping to keep it simpler.

The fixture I was looking is a standard t5. Did not realize there was an high output t5. Will probably stick with the bulbs 6700 and 10K and run both and then adjust from there. The 6700 is the full spectrum right?

Do you have any thoughts/ideas about the bottled Co2 booster from API?

Thanks for your help Boredomb
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
 
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Thanks for the clarification with the ferts ... I do remember taking some time to get the ferts down. Back then I had purchased individual chemicals and dosed each separately - was hoping to keep it simpler.

The fixture I was looking is a standard t5. Did not realize there was an high output t5. Will probably stick with the bulbs 6700 and 10K and run both and then adjust from there. The 6700 is the full spectrum right?

Do you have any thoughts/ideas about the bottled Co2 booster from API?

Thanks for your help Boredomb

Welcome to the forum!!
I have the 2XT5HO lights in a 29G tank. They really perked up the plants when I replaced the standard single T8 bulb and hood with the HO fixture.

I use the Seachem Flourish and Excel (liquid CO2) but I cut the dosage to every WC and about half the amount. I have wisteria, Val, anubia, swords and bacopa and frogbit floaters, They are all thriving.

I had to cut back on light duration to reduce algae. I looks like I might reduce it more to take care of a different species of algae.

I really get the forgetting bit but I also think the technology has come so farthat the old stuff doesn't apply and the hobby has gotten more sophisticated so its not forgetting but leaning lots of new stuff.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:07 PM   #5
 
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Thanks for the clarification with the ferts ... I do remember taking some time to get the ferts down. Back then I had purchased individual chemicals and dosed each separately - was hoping to keep it simpler.

The fixture I was looking is a standard t5. Did not realize there was an high output t5. Will probably stick with the bulbs 6700 and 10K and run both and then adjust from there. The 6700 is the full spectrum right?

Do you have any thoughts/ideas about the bottled Co2 booster from API?

Thanks for your help Boredomb
If you go with a standard or Normal output T5 you should have no problems. 6700k bulbs will be fine I run Zoo meds ultra sun super daylight bulbs in my T8s they are fullsspectrum lights at 6700k. Not sure if the brand you are looking at will be a full spectrum bulb or not but regardless you still have the right spectrum with 6700k.

I don't know much about APIs Co2 booster but if its like Excel I personally werent use it. It can make some of your plants melt such as Vals and be hard on fish if not dose correctly. Some ppl can get it too work with Vals as avraptorhal has stated but I just wouldn't use it. Soo you can ask avraptorhal or others that more experience getting it to work if you so choice too. I am not downing the product as soo many ppl use it with success its just something I wouldn't use.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #6
 
Thanks everyone for the help and the warm welcome! Not liking that I'm learning all over again things that I used to have mastered ...

Im going to stick with the standard t5 - w/ 6700 and 10K ... adding some vals and swords. Will start with Flourish Comprehensive and go from there. Figure if I get more into it and decide to upgrade fixture - that would be easy enough.
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