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Old 10-30-2011, 08:30 PM   #11
 
I just replaced my hood and light to a florescent bulb that its a T8 8000K I put one peacock fern in with some more gravel and fertilizer tabs at some point I want to do more plants and completely replace the fake ones
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:20 AM   #12
 
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Have fun doing it....im so glad I went to a planted tank with mine. Have not taken a picture in a while but with the DIY co2 in there as well everythin is growing really well. I hope you get the same results! :O)

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Old 10-31-2011, 11:41 AM   #13
 
Yup, that is awesome, I researched the peacock fern just to find out it isn't an aquatic plant as PETCO said it was. It came in the small tube that said Live Aquatic Plant. This is the last time i'll go by what the pet store guy says. I kind of figured PETCO would be a little better than my last pet store i went to.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:28 PM   #14
 
TBH I would of kept your old hood. You just needed to swap out the light bulbs which would of cost $5. You technically had more watts with the old hood. Though you probably wouldn't need them. Given the choice I would of prefered the CFLs over the T8.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:32 PM   #15
 
The old hood was Incandescent lighting and I still have it and could return it but I really like the look of the florescent lighting in the aquarium. I also just picked up a little bit of Rotala Indica for my aquarium. It looks nice and hopefully will take root.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:44 PM   #16
 
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I've never personally kept this species, but I don't think its the easiest plant. It requires high light and high nutrients. To give it the best shot, you might want to start dosing with Flourish Comprehensive and the dose recommended on the bottle (which I think would be .83ml weekly for 10 gallons). If it does thrive for you, it will grow quickly which is just what you need right now. But it not, the species previously listed are a easier for most people. Good luck!
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:46 PM   #17
 
Thanks, I put root tabs in the gravel for nutrients so in a week or so I should see how it is.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:52 PM   #18
 
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Root tabs work great for certain plants that like to feed from their roots. Swords are notoriously heavy root feeders, for example. Most other plants, like floating and stem plants, feed primarily through the water. I believe Rotala is a stem plant, and would benefit most from a fert that is added to the water column.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:09 PM   #19
 
Okay thank you for the input i will look into that. I am going to be slowly but surely switching my fake plants for real ones and switching over to a planted tank in time.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:23 PM   #20
 
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Mina is correct with it being a stem plant. I have it in my 55 gallon it has always done well for me. I don't have "high lighting" either. Though I probably have what is consider moderate or just a little more. Just keep the plant in the main light and get some liquid fertilizer and it should be fine.
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