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Re: [APD] Re: light intensity issues

With some elbow grease, you can do high tech, low tech,
simple or complicated aquariums on a budget. For example,
you can add CO2, including an external CO2 reactor, to your
tank for only a few dollars worth of materials.

Tarah Nyberg, are you lurking? Can you give some pointers
on Keeping Aquariums on a Budget? Tarah did a workshop on
this topic at the last AGA Convention. I haven't had a
chance to view the CD yet, so I don't know how much of the
workshop is on the CD.

Scott H.

--- Jessica <hopewelt at sundialup_com> wrote:
> I have a 125g with barely over 2wpg. peat and sand
> substrate. no co2 
> added. heavily stocked. i have more swords than i know
> what to do with. 
> Crypt wendtii's getting 6-20" (so much for a foreground
> plant :-S ) the 
> growth is awesome. Sure i prune every week or later, (so
> call me lazy), 
> but things are flourishing and looking awesome. dwarf
> lilies are 
> dividing..rotala is spreading in all directions...I know
> i have too many 
> species of plants in that tank... but they *all* are
> thriving.  I'm 
> thrilled. I also don't have a problem with ANY algae in
> that tank.
> honestly i'm thrilled what i'm learning about glosso..
> i've wanted it 
> ever since i saw it, and the fact that i stand a good
> chance of growing 
> it in my tank thrills me (especially since the crypts are
> going up up 
> up. I shall put some in my tank as soon as i can get some
> and see how it 
> does. And what do you bet Tom is right?
> Don't disqualify low-tech tanks. When working to set my
> 125g up, info 
> was scarce, everyone said you needed high ligh and co2
> and this and 
> that. I couldn't wing the lighting and co2 unit, i bought
> my plants with 
> the bits of advise i could find on the archives and the
> krib. If someone 
> had told me what Tom is saying now, i would have loved
> it. This is an 
> issue that needs addressing. Imagine being able to have a
> healthy 
> growing beautiful big planted tank on a limited budget?
> John Wheeler wrote:
> >Hey gang,
> >
> >Tom Barr offers:
> >  
> >
> >>Or be willing to pay the price of the ticket.
> >>Less light should be the trend hopefully, 1.5-3w
> >>max/gal
> >>    
> >>
> >
> >Why on Earth would we do that? 
> >
> >  
> >
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S. Hieber

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