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Old 04-05-2011, 12:50 PM   #31
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You could def stick to those lower light plants on the bottom, and then maybe terrace your substrate...that could be interesting...little hanging gardens of Babylon action
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Just sayin... I think the java moss and fern would do well on the bottom moss is a prolific grower
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Then tall plants it is. I will eventually get the hang of this live plants thing. I really appreciate your help guys.

Noted: Light off ebay, taller plants, or those with broader leaves.

One more question: How necessary is a co2 system? From what I have heard, it is only needed in a heavily planted tank. Does it make a huge difference on the growth/color of plants? And if so, what is the most simple route of supplying it to the tank?

(Guess that is not exactly one more question.)
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I adore Java Moss. Have it all over my driftwood. Seems to be the only plant that I can keep alive at moment. And the Marimo balls. Hah.
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Haha, def ask fort or mfdrookie on the CO2 they seem to be pro! I want to do a co2 set up at some point...it just makes photosynthesis more efficient I believe...
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:32 PM   #36
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You could look into getting a higher intensity light. You could go with compact fluorescent lights or T5HO lights.

Freshwater Aqualight Deluxe Series

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Nova Extreme T5 High Output X2 Lighting Fixtures
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As far as CO2 is concerned... you really don't need to start injecting CO2 until you are around the 2.5wpg area. Anything higher you will need to start dosing ferts and injecting CO2 in order to out-compete the algae for nutrients.

CO2 will not bring out the nice red colors like you are talking about. Iron and higher levels of light will get you that coloring. CO2 cannot hurt any planted tank but just adding CO2 will not instantly make your plants grow like crazy. It is all a balancing act... levels of light, CO2 and ferts.
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Yea, I am not ready for all of that at the moment. Thanks for the suggestions, meegosh.
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Not a problem! It can be a bit overwhelming at first but I think the benefits of a nice lush planted tank are worth it.
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