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post #11 of 15 Old 08-05-2010, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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why at the moment are you fishes stressed out at home?
I don't have stressy fish........

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post #12 of 15 Old 08-05-2010, 01:36 PM
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I would buy some Hygrophila difformis, Anarchis, Java fern, anubias, or maybe Ludwigea.

They should do ok without ferts, and you can see if it's something you want to invest in more.

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Just make sure your light is 6500k, you should be able to see it written on the bulb. If not, they're only a few dollars.

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I would buy some Hygrophila difformis, Anarchis, Java fern, anubias, or maybe Ludwigea.

They should do ok without ferts, and you can see if it's something you want to invest in more.

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Just make sure your light is 6500k, you should be able to see it written on the bulb. If not, they're only a few dollars.
As long as it's cheap....

THe only problem is that the information isn't present anywhere on the light. It says only wattage voltage and Hz Age......

If the picture will appear.. you'll see 2 different wattages.
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-05-2010, 02:16 PM
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The first picture is of the ballast which is not what you want, its telling you what the maximum output its capable of, the 2nd on of your bulb is the right one but you should take it out of the reflector and see if there is some text you can't see.

I just checked it. doesn't look like all-glass aquariums (aqueon) makes t-8s in anything other then 8000k so your best bet is to go off to a hardware store and look for a new one in the 6500k range.

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I am only spending $10 for one test plant and accessories needed for the tank at the moment. For long term plant keeping i don't mind spending money to keep the tank in order. Only a few plants are what I want to get. I hope to make sure that they are low maintinence and not a waste if i screw up something. If i am successful at keeping the plant alive, I will invest more. I'm trying to make it a step by step procces
Plants are just like fish, they have certain basic requirements that must be met or they will not be healthy and may die. It is not a matter of providing a pile of expensive gizmos and stuff, just one of providing the basics. That series of articles referenced before explains this. It may sound somewhat complicated, but when you boil it all down it is actually very simple.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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