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You may want to buy "The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Diana Walstad, available at the Aquatic Gardeners Association at:
http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/

She explains an inexpensive method to keep plants that works well. No external co2 needed. It is the best book on keeping aquatic plants ever written.

But you really need 2 Watts per gallon. You can probably outfit your hood with a 55 W bulb. Aquarium Hobbyist Suppply has the retrofit kits. They are at: http://ahsupply.com/index.html

Let us know how things work out.

Steve Pituch
 

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Great on the lighting. Did you try to get at least 2 x 29 = 58 Watts? The best looking bulbs are the the daylight range, either 5000K or 6500-6700K. I like the 6500 to 6700K color bulbs the best as they are like daylight at noon.

What kind of fertilizer did you get? The best and cheapest way is to buy the powdered chemicals from Greg Watson at:
http://www.gregwatson.com/
One pound each of KH2PO4, KNO3, and CSM+B will last you for years and cost about $15.

Steve Pituch
 
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