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Old 04-28-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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Correct Lighting or Waste of $$

I upgraded my lighting to a Coralife T5 hO fixture w/ two 10000k bulbs in my 30 gallon freshwater planted tank. Just kinda curious if this was a good move if I want my plants to flourish? I'm noticing my plants have stuff on the leaves and they look horrible. I fertilize once a week and have fertilizer mixed in with the gravel but it just doesn't seem to be doing much for them? Am I doing something wrong?
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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Is that algae? Does it rub off?
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:16 PM   #3
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I'm no expert but I'm in yer same boat....just upgraded lights...and from my research you need co2 with the hight light setup or you get a ton of algae...


I havent seen it yet but I'm expecting it...next upgrade for me is co2 tho heh
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How many watts total ?
How long are these lights on per day ? Do you use CO2 ???

You may want to swap one bulb for a 6,500K ??

High Output lighting means you usually have to use CO2 or you'll just grow algae. It is good to have high light IF you also give the plants enough CO2 and Ferts to out compete the Algae.
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For right now, you may want to reduce your photoperiod to 6 hours a day ? Till you can get your tank balanced.
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Yeah I think it's algae because it does rub off. Each of the bulbs are 31 watts each and the fixture holds two. I read about adding co2 but it sounds complicated, expensive, and I don't think I have the room to place a canister inside my tank without losing space.
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My lights are on at least 12 hours a day. So that might be my problem?
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My lights are on at least 12 hours a day. So that might be my problem?
Your problem is high output bulbs without using CO2.

Too much light without CO2 = Algae Farm

My very temporary idea is reduce the photoperiod til you decide to add CO2 or swap out lights to NO or other type.

If your fixture allows you may want to only run one bulb ?

I'm sure you'll get more advice on this.
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I upgraded my lighting to a Coralife T5 hO fixture w/ two 10000k bulbs in my 30 gallon freshwater planted tank. Just kinda curious if this was a good move if I want my plants to flourish? I'm noticing my plants have stuff on the leaves and they look horrible. I fertilize once a week and have fertilizer mixed in with the gravel but it just doesn't seem to be doing much for them? Am I doing something wrong?
How long have they been on the tank? Just curious how long it's gonna take mine to get crazy lol
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Wait, how do I get CO2 into my tank?
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