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Old 11-28-2004, 03:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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reading about the new tank of the month, and what additions led to more attention to the tank led me to think i may not want to have a high light tank. the high light, led to needing c02, which led to a lot of dosing? if i had a low light tank, i would not need c02, but would i still need to do daily dosing?

also, are there any low foreground plants that will grow in low light tanks? i was going to get a 65 power compact light with c02, but now that i have again changed my mind, for a 30gallon, what light would be perfect for a low light tank?

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HI
i recommended you the intense light, because the species more "exigents" needs good ilumination; and resalts the red color
if you iluminated good => increases metabolism and up the nutrients demand`s => co2 is very necesary .....the acuarium`maintenance is very simple and easy when the plants have all the necesary for growth, and algae are inhibitted for competition ...

the substrate nutritive is very important too

more light=>more plants=>more co2=>more nutrients

ludwigia repens, rotala sp, and others, resalts his potencial of red colors when the light are OK!
sorry my english is very basic!!!!! (some ideas are very complicated for mi to explain!! )

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If you want a low light, low maintance tank I would reccommend under 2WPG but not less than 1.5WPG, this way you will not need C02 or daily fert dosing. A florescent fixture with 60 watts (plant bulbs) & good reflectors should give you what your looking for.

With low light you will be limited to a lot of the basic foreground plants used in higher light setups. One I can think of is Dwarf Sag., growth may start off slow but should do good with low light.



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Any of the marsilea species will do fine in lower light tanks. Dosing of ferts is not hard, takes me less than 5 minutes a day, I spend more time than that just looking at the tank You don't need as high of light as I have, unless youa re trying to grow ver dificult species. ~2wpg with CO2 will grow almost every plant. Your glosso might not carpet, but Marsilea deffinately will, and it is alot less maintance. Dosing is "easier" also at a little lower lighing.
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thanks dennis, im back on track for a high light co2 tank.......5 minutes aint bad. i can deal.
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