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Old 03-18-2007, 06:26 PM   #21
 
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Awesome, that's really helpful. I was pretty impressed by the fish. Blue rams? What are the small plants that the rams are in, glossostigma? Also, if I put the ottos in the tank, will I need to worry about stable CO2 since they'll eat up all the algae anyway?
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Old 03-18-2007, 06:33 PM   #22
 
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In the larger pic, those are Bolivian Rams. They grow to 3 inches, but my adults are a bit bigger, about 3 3/4 inches. Those plants they are in are Brazilian Pennywort, Hydrocotyle leucocephala. They are fairly easy to grow, and need Medium Light. They spread fairly fast too, but not overwhelming, and fish love to hide in them. They can be planted, or be used as a floating plant for fry.
http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide_viewer.php?id=126
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:08 PM   #23
 
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:14 PM   #24
 
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I forgot to mention also, Otos will be just fine with and without CO2. You should always supplememt algae wafers anyways to keep them healthy.
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:23 PM   #25
 
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I've been thinking about that 96 watt CF light... Does anyone think that it would be too much for a ten gallon tank? What are everyone else's opinions? I was thinking that maybe 65 would be the upper limit for lighting
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:44 PM   #26
 
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A hood with screw-in CF's and 2 25W bulbs will allow you to grow just about anything, and yes, you will be required to run CO2. If you don't want CO2, then 20W bulbs work well or less. I have 2 tanks, 1 with 20W and no CO2, and one with 25W bulbs, and it has CO2. I tried the 25W without CO2 and algae took over. Started from scratch and added CO2, no more algae, or very minimal. And yes, you can grow any ground cover with it, IMO. HC grows rather fast with the 25W bulbs. You just need to find the proper bulbs, and make sure they are either 6500k or 6700k. Not the 3000k. Also, IMO, 20W bulbs puts you in medium light and 25W puts you in high light. And this does account for restrike, and what I'm able to grow in both tanks.
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:16 PM   #27
 
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Would having such a powerful light (96 watts)be counterproductive to plant growth though?
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:25 PM   #28
 
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What do you mean by counterproductive? With 96W on a 10G, you will need to be on your feet at dosing all the nutrients so they don't drop out, and inject CO2 at levels of at least 40ppm. Also, growth will be at such a fast rate, it will be hard to keep looking good. If you neglect it, you will need to duct tape the hood on, as the plants will fill the tank very fast.
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:21 AM   #29
 
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I was worried about pretty much giving my plants a sun burn due to over lighting them. Is this not an issue?
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:49 AM   #30
 
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No issues there.....
You won't burn the plants.
When I have my CO2, which I need to bet my bottle refilled, I run 520W on a 75G. And talk about excitement, lol.
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