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Old 12-21-2005, 09:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hey, I think I want to do 3 1 2/3 gal (8"x8"x5") tanks under one 24" light on a central sump. With that small amount of water (minus volume taken up by substrate an' driftwood, I'm thinking about 5 gallons of water in the whole system), a 20w light should be enough to consider it high light, right?

I think I'll be doing a DIY yeast mix for co2... possibly 2 20oz bottles?

What kinds of plants would you guys suggest? I was thinking some sort of carpeting plant (glosso in one of them, maybe... something different for the others)... maybe some hairgrass of some sort around/behind a piece of driftwood in one of them, microsword in another... I dunno... Any ideas/suggestions?

What do you guys think I should use for substrate? I would have no need for a 20lb bag of eco-complete...maybe a few lbs of some sort of a natural clay substrate?

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You could try HC instead of glosso, hairgrass, etc. I think that you could buy a few pounds of laterite at a pottery store or Franks Nursery and Crafts or some place like that.....
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In a case such as this watts per gallon is tossed out the window. You would be much better to figure on lux per square inch of surface area.

8x8" foot print is 64"sq. 3 of those side by side is 192"sq.

Rex Grigg did some fancy calculations on the subject and from his stie we come up with (LSI = Lux per square inch)

Low light is 12-17 LSI
Medium light is 20-25 LSI
High light is 28-32 LSI
Very high light is over 35 LSI

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Woah, sorry...the tanks are 8" tall, 5" wide, an' 8" long...footprint is 8"x5"...40"sq...that makes 120"sq...

How does one measure Lux? You need like a $100 lux meter/probe/thing to do that, don't you? I can't afford that o.O

Sorry for my incompetence, but what's HC? I've heard of it before, but I really have no idea what it is. Sci name? Pics?

Would it be possible to hook 2x 2 liter bottles together an' put in gang valves an' shutoff valves an' stuff to inject co2 into my 29 (low-med light) an' into the nano system (higher light)? I'd switch the mix in one of the bottles every week (stagger it for more constant co2 levels). Methinks it'd be fine if the nano system got the same amount of co2 as the 29...it would use a LOT more than the 29 methinks? Would it be possible to do something like that?

Thanks for the help, guys! Any other ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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