06-06-2007, 03:40 PM
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well we had just your average one light hood at first. then my husband saw the new T5 lighting systems. They are quite pricy for the whole set up. We got just the bulbs and sockets and my husband got a piece of air ventilation ducting from a store for like 10 bucks or something and cut it in half, shaped it and attached the lights in it. cheap but effective. Now we have 2.6 watts per gallon and the plants are almost overgrown. But after we got all that light, then boom, algae. So we did a diy co2 system but the algae persisted. Anyway now we have the lights, the diy co2, we add potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate, and a trace mineral fertilizer. And we add flourish excel, the flourish excel got rid of the algae completely. A bit of a high maintainance tank but you can practically see the plants grow. Our Amazon sword can grow a full new leaf every 2-3 days.