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[APD] Re: Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 6, Issue 11

Hi Tom,  Thanks for replying...I have a 40 G four foot long aquarium, just recently my coralife 2x65w broke so i had to go back to using those lights of america shoplights i had lying around (each one holds two t12 40 watt bulbs).  I'm concerned that each shoplight will not put out exactly 80 watts since it's shoplight-quality, and the reflectors are not the best.   In your opinion, would those shoplights produce enough light for my tank?  I'm deciding between using 1 shoplight or i could fit two over it that would cover the entire top.   

For CO2, I'm currently running two separate 2-liter bottles into two HAgen CO2 diffusers side by side (it looks cool, all the people that come to my home for bible study really dig the bubbles going up the ladder, myself included =D)    

I'm feeding my fish twice daily, the fish load is medium (4 white clouds, 10 guppies, 2 mollies)   

Substrate is 100% flourite..  my water temperature is 74 degrees F ...   

i dry dose 1 tsp of KNO3, 2 ml of trace mix (Lilymiller Vitamin B1 Plant starter with chelated iron),  and add 1 tsp of Seachem's neutral regulator(it has phosphate buffers in it)     every two weeks after a 25% water change.    

Please feel free to critique any of my methods as i'm still learning....

Also, in regards to the 2.1 w/gallon tank that had eusteralis, gloss, and rotala,  what is the water changing regimen, water quality, co2, fert dosing regimen, etc..  i would like to model my own tank after this one.



""""> From: Joey Choochootrain <hubbahubbahehe at yahoo_com>
> Subject: [APD] Rotala Macrandra under medium light
> To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
> Hi Mr. Tom Barr, are you there?  or anyone else that can answer this
question.   I think i remember you saying that you can grow all plants 
in 2
wpg  or is it 3 wpg (it was back when you were talking about glosso 
under lower lighting), i forget, but that's why i'm asking,    can 
macrandra be grown under those same conditions???

2 watts a gallon.
I have plenty of prime examples as do every single person in SFBAAPS 
attest to also including Neil Frank, Karen, Claus et al.
Steve's tank as done by him and later Jeff Kropp and now folks at 
It's a standard 24" deep tank also, no super duper lights really.

It's 2.1 w/gal, had beautiful Glossostigma, Rotala, E. tennellus, 
Eustralis, whatever nice plant you want to add.
Standard 2-3 mm lapis lustar sand+laterite etc.It's also being done to 
very high level of aquascaping.

I really do NOT care what other folks want to claim about Gloss etc 
high light plants, I and many other folks have seen it and KNOW it 
with LOW to moderate light. If it cannot be done how is it possible we 
all wrong for so many years?  

It is simple: we are not.
It's not Tom Barr shoehorning his "methods".
My "methods" are simply an amalgam of many folk's experiences and 
They are not "mine", they are everyones. 

Tom Barr """""""

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