Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-30-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Pitbullfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 26
Lighting help please

Well, I've been narrowing down my research and I think I'd like to go with medium light plants. But I heard the wpg rule doesn't work for bigger tanks. I'm getting a 75 gallon tank. What kind of wattage do I need? What kind of bulbs should I use? Also, I'd like to cover the substrate with a short plant like a lawn. (Not nessisarily grass shape, just something that will sread out like that.) Any suggestions about what plant would work? Where do you all get your plants?
__________________

__________________
Pitbullfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Catfish Lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 287
My suggestion would be a dual T5 with 6500k bulbs.
__________________

__________________
Catfish Lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Cichlid Kid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lewistown,Pa
Posts: 1,338
2 or 3 t5 ho 6500k would be sufficient I would think, and there's many carpet plants that do well in medium lighting.
Do you plan on dosing ferts and a source of co2?
__________________
Cichlid Kid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
aqua_chem's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 6,936
You'll probably want either a 3x or 4x T5HO fixture, assuming you don't get a high end one. If you're looking to carpet, you should look into CO2 as well.


For the record, WPG doesn't work particularly well on any size of tank.
__________________
Algae creates 75% of the world's oxygen, so really we're all just doing our parts...
aqua_chem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 11:57 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Pitbullfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 26
Thanks everybody!
__________________
Pitbullfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 12:01 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
DanTheGuppyMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Carolina (USA)
Posts: 1,766
Send a message via AIM to DanTheGuppyMan Send a message via Yahoo to DanTheGuppyMan Send a message via Skype™ to DanTheGuppyMan
I would do a 4 bulb T5HO on that tank plus pressurized CO2 if you want a lush carpet...also I think DHG, HC, and dwarf sag are good candidates
__________________
---------"Always do it 110%...unless you are doing a water change "-----
---- [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]---------
| | | [60 gallon FW] | | | [Rimless 6g Iwagumi] | | | LED Lighting Compendium | | |
----------------AquaScaping Styles - Which style fits you?--------------
DanTheGuppyMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 12:09 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sillyfishies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Omaha,Nebraska
Posts: 3,374
Quote:
Originally Posted by DanTheGuppyMan View Post
I would do a 4 bulb T5HO on that tank plus pressurized CO2 if you want a lush carpet...also I think DHG, HC, and dwarf sag are good candidates
If you don't do high light and pressurized co2 dwarf sag is still an option.
__________________
90g Reef
30g Long Frag Tank
10g Planted
3g Pico Reef
Sillyfishies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 12:24 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
DanTheGuppyMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Carolina (USA)
Posts: 1,766
Send a message via AIM to DanTheGuppyMan Send a message via Yahoo to DanTheGuppyMan Send a message via Skype™ to DanTheGuppyMan
Yes, dwarf sag is probably the most least demanding of the carpeting plants
__________________
---------"Always do it 110%...unless you are doing a water change "-----
---- [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]---------
| | | [60 gallon FW] | | | [Rimless 6g Iwagumi] | | | LED Lighting Compendium | | |
----------------AquaScaping Styles - Which style fits you?--------------
DanTheGuppyMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 12:40 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
Community Moderator
 
aqua_chem's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 6,936
It's also probably the least carpety of the carpeting plants.
__________________
Algae creates 75% of the world's oxygen, so really we're all just doing our parts...
aqua_chem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 12:52 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
DanTheGuppyMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Carolina (USA)
Posts: 1,766
Send a message via AIM to DanTheGuppyMan Send a message via Yahoo to DanTheGuppyMan Send a message via Skype™ to DanTheGuppyMan
AC is also right, in some tanks it won't carpet very well...my tank however makes a nice little carpet of it if left alone long enough to spread well. If what you mean by that is the look of it, it is a more broad and grassy plant. Most carpet plants looks soft and compact.
__________________
---------"Always do it 110%...unless you are doing a water change "-----
---- [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]---------
| | | [60 gallon FW] | | | [Rimless 6g Iwagumi] | | | LED Lighting Compendium | | |
----------------AquaScaping Styles - Which style fits you?--------------
DanTheGuppyMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2013, 04:33 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
JustinKScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 322
My tank is 75g, pressurized Co2, ferts, 4x T5HO. Even with brand new 6500K (or 5000K florasun) bulbs I cannot keep HC (baby tears). Pretty much the only plant I can't keep alive however. So maybe they just don't like me.

PS: I also run 84F water and I've never checked their temp range until now (68-82F). So I guess I can't actually give you any meaningful advise. haha!
__________________
JustinKScott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 12:49 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Pitbullfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 26
I'll be using metricide 14 instead of pressurized co2. I will also use eco complete substrate and dry fertilizers. And a big thanks to Rivercars for suggesting those things. After further research I really believe that'll work best for me.
__________________
Pitbullfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 03:20 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
MyanRan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Posts: 400
Sounds like a good setup, definitely interested to see how it progresses!
__________________
MyanRan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Pitbullfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 26
Me too! Though it will be a while. I can only buy a little bit a week, so it'll be a few months before I can really get started, but I think it'll be worth the wait! Of course, if I get that job painting a mural in a local cave museum, the money from that will probably cover it nicely!
__________________

__________________
Pitbullfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lighting, lighting help

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.