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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 41, Issue 1


I'm nearly in the same situation as you, but have a 2 week  
headstart.  I have a 55g tank with 2-T5 bulbs, 108W total.  The LFS  
said that would be fine for a planted tank, although my online  
reading leads me to believe that it's more on the low end of wpg.  To  
get things started, I bought a plant assortment from  
aquariumplants.com plus some microswords.  The tank has been up for  
about a week.  I have pressurized CO2 with a spH meter and solenoid  
controller.  I started with a  pH of 6.8  and almost killed some  
Black neons I threw in, so I'm currently at 7.5, thinking about going  
lower.  I mixed Davis water with store bought water and my KH is  
about 8.  From the online chart, CO2 looks like 9ish or lower ppm.   
The plants are generating bubbles, and some look fine, some look like  
leaves are dying and one sent a flower shoot to the surface.   
Unfortunately, my assortment came with no key, so I don't  
specifically know what things are.  The microswords are sending  
sprouts out, the banana plant sent out roots, the bulby thing (brown,  
stubby thing) sent out roots, and the frilly plants are dropping  
roots all along their stems. It looks like I am getting algae on the  
walls and surfaces.  All in all, I think I'm doing OK so far: the  
Black Neons are all still alive, but some of the little shrimp I  
bought have died.  They're not Amano algae eating shrimp, but  
clearish shrimp from the local LFS.

Happy New year to all,

On Jan 1, 2007, at 9:00 AM, aquatic-plants-request at actwin_com wrote:

> I am setting up a 50 gallon plant tank with pressurized co2. The tank
> dimensions are 36x18x18. I want to run about 2 WPG. I was looking  
> at a 3
> bulb T8 fixture  Is the output of three  25 watt T8 bulbs  
> equivalent to
> three 30 watt T 10 bulbs ? Also should I consider a single 96 watt  
> PC as an
> alternative ?
> Henry Hatch
> hhatch at sprynet_com

John F. Hess, Davis California   johnfhess at comcast_net

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