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A few questions for the live plant cult...

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A few questions for the live plant cult...

Postby atlantis_child » Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:35 pm

So I gave in a little and now 2 of my 3 tanks have real plants only. I only bought two though. The rest were from before. It just looks much better now. ;)

Anyway,

1. Do I need special 'plant' lights or are regular ones fine? These are "easy" and minimal light plants

2. What wattage for a 22? (16 inches high)

3. Is it the lack of light that causes leaves to get soft, brown and rot?

I'll post pic's soon. Maybe that will help. Besides, I need to show off my renovations. :)


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Postby Crazedpuffer » Sat Nov 24, 2007 8:24 am

1. All you need is fluorescent bulbs.

2. It depends on the plants.
Basically all fresh water plants live in anywhere from 1-3(.5?)Watts per Gallon of light. Low light plants live from .1-1.5 medium from 1.6 2.5 high 2.5 -3.5

3. Yes most the time
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Postby celestialdude » Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:24 pm

Yay!! Awesome, Atlantis! Welcome to the plant club... or "cult"... haha.

You can start with the fluorescents if they are cheaper and easier to get, but if you notice that the plants aren't doing that great then I recommend plant grow fluorescent lights, or "full spectrum" ones. I always go with the proper ones and not regular fluorescents because, welll, that's what cults do. HAHA!!

Cheers and enjoy the plants.
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Postby atlantis_child » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:26 pm

My Corys: 3 Green Gold, 1 Bronze, 2 Albino, 1 Melanitius, 2 Metae, 1 Elegans, 1 Panda, 2 Peppered)
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Postby aquaholic85 » Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:54 am

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Postby atlantis_child » Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:39 am

Another question.

How do you keep the substrate at the bottom free of organic sludge without disturbing the plants?


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Postby celestialdude » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:20 am

Good question Atlantis. This is why I keep Cory Cats. They are small and cute and don't uproot any plants, and do their job "vacuming" the substrate.

Also, I'm not sure if substrate grain size is a factor too... it should be small enough that they can shift around easily, I think. And round enough too. Basically, river sand is naturally "sifty" and helps prevent all that clogging.
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