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Old 11-02-2004, 12:14 PM   #11
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When using those filter cartridges I generally cut a slit into them and shake out the carbon (much easier when dry) and use the floss alone. You can save the frame and make your own floss covers by rubber banding a piece of filter floss around the frame, which is a lot cheaper than those cartridges. Use them with carbon for removing meds, like you say.

As for your 40w light is this over your 55gal? Under 1wpg you are really going to have a hard time growing anything at all. If there is any way to add another 40 watts that would bump you up into the low light range and you could grow crypto sp. anubias sp., java fern and java moss, and possibly aponogeton bulbs (Walmart carries them).
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Old 11-02-2004, 01:09 PM   #12
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tankgirl.....yes I have just the std perfecto single lamp 40w fixture over my tank....I did just look up a coralife retrofit to change the hood two twin bulbs, that would get me a bit closer.

Do fish react differently to intensity of light, ie going from 40w to 80w.

Thanks for the help
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I think everyone in your tank would be perfectly cool with more light, but be sure the dwarf gourami have plants (fake for now) that go all the way to the surface so they'll feel comfortable.
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I use lavarock bought at home depot for 4.99 a bag in place of carbon. My water parameters always run great.
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