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Old 05-07-2011, 06:42 PM   #11
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You can buy any brand of T5HO bulb. It will be fine to add a 6700K bulb to your current setup. I agree that swapping both actinics would not be a good idea until you get a little more experience and understanding with planted tanks.

Using a DIY yeast generator on a 75 gal tank is not going to be effective at all in getting the CO2 to the level it needs to be at. Those systems are great on tanks smaller than 30 gal, but anything larger is just not practical. You would be lucky to see hardly any rise at all in ppm CO2 using the hagan yeast generator. A single hagan system is good for about a 10 gal tank.

You are dosing flourish comprehensive I am guessing (you said flourish) which is a micro mix. It actually contains some Fe as well, so you may not need to add the other Fe mix.

Keep an eye on your nitrate level - it may become necessary to start dosing N if it is bottoming out under the new light.

I would also suggest you pick up a K supplement as well... either Flourish K or API Leafzone would work. If you get leafzone, you could dose much less of the flourish comprehensive, as it contains trace elements and K.

Excel is a bit different... It is glutaraldehyde, and is a source of C (Carbon) for plants. It is basically used in lieu of a CO2 injection system (which also provides C), but can be used in conjunction from time to time as a prophylaxis for algae.

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Well, the LPS told me that I'd be ok if I swapped the two blue lights out so I went ahead and did it. I can always get the liquid CO2 and they said if anything goes wrong, they'll help me out. Basically, if I've got the right plants and lights - shouldn't be too much of a problem. They gave me a mini-lesson so I'm giving it a go. Oh, you were soooo right. The tank looks a lot nicer without that blue tint to it.

Oh darn, I just NEED that for my tank. I mean...wow...how could I live without it????
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