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Discussion in 'Aquascaping and Member's Setups' started by wolf, Jul 10, 2009.

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    I do admit my perspective is a little skewed by the fact that I have no reflectors :(
     
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    there are no reflectors on my small tank... i will up update my 100l thread
     
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    so glosso needs 4wpg ok.
    a 90 cm tank is
    91x32x35= +- 100liters= to 26.5 gal
    lights are 2x49 on 1 ballets so its 78w or 156w
    78w/26.5gal=2.9wpg or 156/26.5=5.8wpg
    or 117w/26.5gal=4.4wpg
    dam that means 3 x duel ballets.
    but with 4.4wpg i will have algae problems again.
    will see wen i get there still need the many for the lights thanks for all the help.
     
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    why 4wpg?

    i have it growing in about 1.5wpg old t8's with no reflectors
     
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    with my luck i'll need 10wpg will start with 3wpg and see Wat h appends
     
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    Sorry didn't mean to confuse you with my inexperience, if WBS is growing glosso with 2 WPG, then it is surely possible. Personally, I have not had success with it at just under 3wpg.
     
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    I think CO2 is far more important for good glosso growth, and substrate..
     
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    Concur. Planted one or two stems and they were pretty dormant. Upped the CO2 slightly and they are sprouting
     
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    WPG is a skewed argument when it comes to carpet plants. Light penetration is critical. Shallow tanks can grow carpet plants in low output light. Deep tanks will battle unless you have HID light which provide better penetration and intensity.

    Then also substrate seem to be important, because some work and some just don't. But strangely most of these carpet plants are all considered heavy water column feeders, except for the mini swords.

    Finally, you can never go wrong by upping the CO2 if you have this option.

    Tom Barr makes an interesting statement: How do you know you have enough CO2? Drop checkers are inacurate and the ranges are just too large. Plant a Riccia rock on the substrate. If it pearls like crazy halfway through the photoperiod, you have enough CO2. Of course your light needs to be of a reasonable intensity at substrate depth.

    Another CO2 measure for those with shrimp, as they are very sensitive to CO2. They will go crazy when it is above 30ppm. So up the CO2 until the shrimp try to leave the tank. Then add an airstone to quickly correct the levels and back down on your output. Now you have REAL 30ppm CO2. Most fish are still quite happy, provided there is enough O2.
     
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    OK after a 3 day black out and a move. the tank is little bit better . no more green blue algae.
    and I'm dozing dirks drippells and 3ppm KNO3. so help it keeps algae free. here are same pics.
    just seen a small amount of hair algae agen, but i don't think it will go mad agen.
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    Looking good Wolf!! I like the mosses on the wood!
     

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