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Fishnerd101 08-21-2012 08:56 AM

Is this enough lighting?
I just joined this forum so bear with me. I'm half-way done aquascaping my 75 gallon planted aquarium. So far I have several low-light plants in it. I was thinking of upgrading my lighting to a pair of shop light fixture that holds 2 t8 bulbs. I know the correct kelvin rating and everything, but would this amount of light allow me to grow microsword plants?

fishkid 08-21-2012 10:19 AM

If you plan on increasing light, then you should plan on dosing fertilizer and possibly injecting CO2. Lights, nutrients, and CO2 availability must be in balance. Otherwise you will have problems with algae.

Fishnerd101 08-21-2012 12:59 PM

Ok, thanks. I plan on dosing Excel instead of injecting C02. Do you have any reccomendations on fertilizer brands?

fishkid 08-21-2012 01:30 PM

For a large tank like that dosing Excel really isn't too convenient, and you'd need to buy large quantities of it. You'd probably be better of getting an actual CO2 system, but if you can put in the time everyday to dose Excel then it could work. As for fertilizers, Seachem's line has worked well for me, but for a large tank like that you may want to look into dry fertilizers, as they are cheaper.

TayTayTheFishFreak 08-21-2012 01:35 PM

I agree, in a tank that size it would be a smart idea to either invest in a co2 system or go with less light and low light plants like annubias and java fern/moss.

Fishnerd101 08-21-2012 01:36 PM

Just went to the LFS and they didn't have excel, but they did have this: NutraFin CO2 Natural Plant System at PETCO. I'm on a budget, so I'd rather use this or DIY C02. Do you think it would be adequate?

fishkid 08-21-2012 02:32 PM

That system and DIY CO2 really only work for smaller tanks, as they don't produce enough CO2 to be of any use in a larger tank. Excel can be purchased in bulk online.

If you really want to keep costs down, you'd be best off with a low tech tank. There are many plants, such as a large variety of Cryptocoryne species, that will do well in low light.

TayTayTheFishFreak 08-21-2012 02:35 PM

I have seen terrific results with DIY co2 so I would say give it a try. the product mentioned is basically just a marketed version of DIY co2. personally I would make my own.

Fishnerd101 08-21-2012 02:48 PM

Ok. I'll see about buying excel online and I'll get Seachem Flourish Comprehensive from my lfs. I there anything else I need to know.

fishkid 08-21-2012 02:53 PM

What substrate are you using? If it is not soil or a plant specific substrate, you should look into getting root tabs. I've had good experiences with a company called Root Medic (they can be found online), but I know of many people who have gotten positive results with Seachem root tabs as well.

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