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Hi, I am new here, and have a question about planting my tank:

I have an 80 galon freshwater thats been going on for about 4 years. I am
trying some plants but have never been real successful.

I have a twin tube floro light with plant bulbs.

If I was going to install a co2 system without breaking the bank, which one
would you suggest? I recall making one from a soda bottle years ago but it
didnt seem to make a diffference.

I am not opposed to DIY at all.

I have also seen a product called carbo plus, but dont know enough about the
"science" to know if it's snake oil or not.

Thanks

chaz




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Old 01-05-2006, 09:30 PM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants
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chaz wrote:
Hi, I am new here, and have a question about planting my tank:

I have an 80 galon freshwater thats been going on for about 4 years. I am
trying some plants but have never been real successful.

I have a twin tube floro light with plant bulbs.

If I was going to install a co2 system without breaking the bank, which one
would you suggest? I recall making one from a soda bottle years ago but it
didnt seem to make a diffference.

I am not opposed to DIY at all.

I have also seen a product called carbo plus, but dont know enough about the
"science" to know if it's snake oil or not.

Thanks

chaz




There's good plant information on the krib website:
http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/ .

Two fluorescent tubes would be 80 watts maximum, unless you have
something special. General wisdom is, to use 1.5 or more watts per
gallon of light; I have 5 tubes (200 watts) on a 90 gallon and it works
quite well. No CO2 yet - bought a carbo-plus but took it back after
googling groups on this item.

Besides adding more light, you'll want to plant LOTS of cheap bunch
plants etc at first. You'll also likely want to dose potassium nitrate,
available from hydroponics stores and now also the aquarium store. Big
Al's stores in Canada carry a N-P-K liquid that seems promising - but
I'm still using home-brew. Please also see the krib for fertilizer
information.

Good luck! Plants make the aquarium more like a real aquatic world, imo.
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chaz wrote:
Hi, I am new here, and have a question about planting my tank:

I have an 80 galon freshwater thats been going on for about 4 years. I am
trying some plants but have never been real successful.

I have a twin tube floro light with plant bulbs.

If I was going to install a co2 system without breaking the bank, which
one
would you suggest? I recall making one from a soda bottle years ago but
it
didnt seem to make a diffference.

I am not opposed to DIY at all.

I have also seen a product called carbo plus, but dont know enough about
the
"science" to know if it's snake oil or not.

Thanks

chaz




There's good plant information on the krib website:
http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/ .

Two fluorescent tubes would be 80 watts maximum, unless you have something
special. General wisdom is, to use 1.5 or more watts per gallon of light;
I have 5 tubes (200 watts) on a 90 gallon and it works quite well. No CO2
yet - bought a carbo-plus but took it back after googling groups on this
item.

Besides adding more light, you'll want to plant LOTS of cheap bunch plants
etc at first. You'll also likely want to dose potassium nitrate, available
from hydroponics stores and now also the aquarium store. Big Al's stores
in Canada carry a N-P-K liquid that seems promising - but I'm still using
home-brew. Please also see the krib for fertilizer information.

Good luck! Plants make the aquarium more like a real aquatic world, imo.



I am looking at a new light, please see these specs

*********two 65W bulb 12000K DAYLIGHT & two 65W actinic BULB a total of 260W
**********

What do you think? I would replace my existing hood since I dont want to
take up my accesss point.

chaz


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Old 01-05-2006, 10:26 PM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants
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chaz wrote:


I am looking at a new light, please see these specs

*********two 65W bulb 12000K DAYLIGHT & two 65W actinic BULB a total of 260W
**********

What do you think? I would replace my existing hood since I dont want to
take up my accesss point.

chaz



That sounds like a marine reef lighting setup not directly suitable for
freshwater plants, and expensive. My setup is a plywood home-made hood
with hardware store fixtures and Grolux WS plant tubes plus full-sun
type tubes - also from hw store. I have glass under the hood but suppose
it's not that safe...
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:33 PM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants
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netDenizen wrote:

chaz wrote:

I am looking at a new light, please see these specs

*********two 65W bulb 12000K DAYLIGHT & two 65W actinic BULB a total
of 260W **********

What do you think? I would replace my existing hood since I dont want
to take up my accesss point.

That sounds like a marine reef lighting setup not directly suitable

for freshwater plants, and expensive. My setup is a plywood home-made
hood with hardware store fixtures and Grolux WS plant tubes plus
full-sun type tubes - also from hw store. I have glass under the hood
but suppose it's not that safe...


There's also the alternative of the compact fluorescents with a built in
ballast. For example, AllGlass makes a 10 watt one designed to fit in
incandescent hoods. Walmart sells a knockoff for under $5. Put 10 of
them in a homemade hood and you've got 100 watts for around $100,
including sockets, wire, and switch. For a few more bucks you could
add some moonlight LEDs.

BTW, aluminum flashing makes reasonable reflector material.

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