| | Re: New to Plants...lighting schedule suggestions?
Thanks for the reply! My understanding of the AquaticLife light was incorrect from the outset so the proposed lighting schedule I originally had won't work. I thought that I could program the lights to turn off and on multiple times a day. There is only one start time and one stop time. I can control when the lights come on in groups of two. One timer for the 2 Colormax, one for the 2 10,000K's, and one for the LEDs. After reading many opinions on the forum regarding lighting (your response included) I decided to go with 8 hours of lighting a day.
8 hrs of the Colormax, 2 x 24w (9 - 5 pm)
2hr burst of the AquaticLife 10,000K, 2 x24w (12 - 2 pm)
LED Blues on a hour before and after (to ease the fish stress from high light to no light)
I have been debating the CO2 issue. I am currently using Excel every other day. I don't quite understand the pressurized CO2 systems so I plan on holding off until I have a better handle on them. Any thought on pressurized CO2 verse Excel?
As I mentioned I am lightly planted now...some Anubias tied to stone, but I will soon be planting Ludwigia Peruenis, Dwarf Sag or Hair, Corkscrew Val, and some Java Fern tied to driftwood.
I am also looking at the EI method for my plant health, but again want to understand the program before I just start dosing all willy-nilly! I use the Seachem Black as substrate. Would I be overdoing it if I included Root tabs for the Ludwigia, Dwarf, and Val? I want to avoid algae but maintain healthy plants.
By the way the AquaticLife Blub is their standard T5 HO 10,000K 24W AW....at least that is what it says on the blub! Thanks again for your help!