Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

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Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby Ram » Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:40 pm

Hi
My tank size 36x18x12 (LxHxW). I'm using light 2xt5 (14)+1xcfl (20w) . No co2. 25% water change every 3 days. Is it ok? Please guide me on lighting requirements.



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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby SCORPIO » Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:48 pm

Light is not enough to grow plants.

Use atleast 3 X 3 foot T5. Each tube is 21 watt.
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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby Ram » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:38 pm

Thank you for advice. Can I put one pll of 28w along with 2xt5 (14w) . That would be 28w pll + 28w t5 as t5 is already installed. I will remove 20w cfl.

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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby parthapratim22 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:49 pm

What plants you have?
Also you need to increase lighting balancing on CO2 only otherwise algae may come.

I will not suggest increasing lighting without co2 at the least.
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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby SCORPIO » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:30 am

Ram wrote:Thank you for advice. Can I put one pll of 28w along with 2xt5 (14w) . That would be 28w pll + 28w t5 as t5 is already installed. I will remove 20w cfl.


First of all list your plants, so that we can help you in deciding about lighting as Partha suggested.
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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby sushant » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:33 am

High light without co2 and ferts will result in algae issues.
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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby Ram » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:20 pm

Sir,
I planted dwarf grass, Echinodorus Muricatus Green - One Bunch(3 Plants), Vallisneria nana – One Bunch(3 Plants), Hemianthus callitrichoides - One Bunch(20 Plants), Bacopa Caroliniana - One Bunch(5 Plants), Potamogeton gayi – One Bunch(3 Plants), Ludwigia Repens - One Bunch,
Java moss.
My moss turned light yellowish brown. Used DIY substrate(cocopeat, soilrite garden soil and golden sand). Substrate height 3 inch

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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby sushant » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:19 pm

Some of those plants require heavy light. And growing HC without co2 would be quite a challenge.
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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby Ram » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:46 pm

I'm planning to set up diy CO2 for my tank but unsure of correct dosing. also shall I put PLL of 28w along with 2xts (14 w). would it create any imbalance and algae with my set up. im already facing brown algae, but I suppose it is a new tank syndrome. please advice me about my lighting as I have already spent close to 2000/- on plants and some of them died and others like HC are growing very slow.

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Re: Advice on lighting requirement for newly started 3ft panted tank

Unread postby PRATIK S. » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:01 pm

This may help you about diy co2
http://www.kolkata-aquarium.com/viewtopic.php?t=548

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