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What is my lighting good for, and advice on parrots feather and water sprite!
Old 07-17-2012, 10:49 AM   #11
 
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So, if thats at the top of a 24 inch tall tank, would the light reach plants at the bottom?
Some light will obviously reach the substrate, but it may or may not be sufficient for plants, or certain plants. I have two 24-inch deep tanks, my 90g and 115g, and two 48-inch tubes over each. I have no problem with low and moderate light plants. And while I haven't tried the "difficult" carpet plants, I doubt they would do very well. Microsword barely survives.

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I dont have enough gravel to plant in the substrate, though ive read that you can pot Water Sprite and parrots feather, so ive potted some in my QT tank, [12 inches tall] and i have one of the 6500k lights on it. I plan on putting them in my big tank if i can get em to grow. Is that light too high?
I would need to know more about the tank size (volume, length) and the specific light to respond on the last question.

Which water sprite? Ceratopteris cornuta is much better floating; it does not do well planted, and it is high light (floating solves this problem). PF I've never tried.

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:48 PM   #12
 
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The only plants I would have on the bottom is java moss. I'm assuming it'll grow with very little light.
Also, potted parrots feather..though they'll grow to the surface anyways.
My grow/qt tank is a ten gallon, 20x10x12.

I'm not sure which water sprite, though there are pictures on my journal.

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Old 07-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #13
 
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Is Mopani wood safe or not??

So I have a new 10 gallon tank I wanted to add a piece of wood to. After continually reading how good wood is for attaching plants and softening water I bought a piece of Mopani wood. I then wanted to check about soaking/boiling it and have found so many old posts about getting slime on the wood that had killed fish that now I don't know if I should use the wood or not!

Please help.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:22 PM   #14
 
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So I have a new 10 gallon tank I wanted to add a piece of wood to. After continually reading how good wood is for attaching plants and softening water I bought a piece of Mopani wood. I then wanted to check about soaking/boiling it and have found so many old posts about getting slime on the wood that had killed fish that now I don't know if I should use the wood or not!

Please help.
Malaysian driftwood is so much better, and it's true that some mopani wood endangers fish, though I have no experience personally. I would make your own thread, then people can give you personalized help!
Good luck!
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:31 PM   #15
 
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OK. I am new to this forum, how do I make a thread??
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #16
 
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At the top of the page, there is the tropical fish keeping logo, click on that, and it will bring you to all the categories the forum has. First is salt water, then freshwater, and in freshwater there are subjects for aquarium in general, fish, plants, diseases, and others. Your best bet is the aquarium in general, when you click the link, you'll go to that forum, and you'll see a list of threads. The top right hand comer is a button that says "new thread"
There you go!
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