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Stick with T8s or go with T6?

Polly

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HI I'm re-doing my Juwel Rio 125 soon and would love to grow some carpeting plants at the front, but hoping to keep low tech - is this possible?

I have the T8 bar in the hood and am tryng to decide between T8 fluorescents from lampspecs and T6 from AquaEssentials - huge difference in price but does it really make that much difference?

Have been reading the forum tring to learn as much as possible and I think my head is going to explode soon :lol:
 

swackett

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Hi Polly,

I would say IMHO that you will need a comination of things to grow plants well, these combinations/elements are water flow, nutrients, c02 and light.

In my experience if you only increase light you are more likely to end up with algae issues - It's all about balance.

What is your current setup? Filter? Do you add c02 in any form? Will you be adding nutrients to the water?

Cheers
 

Polly

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Juwel Rio 125 with Juwel filter - don't know if I'm just lucky with the pump but the all the plants in there at the moment are moving "in the breeze" :) so flow can't be too bad, but the filter is kept free of gunk. It's at least as good as the flow from the Fluval 205 that I retired.

Don't want to go down the full CO2 route - I don't have anywhere to hide the equipment with this tank and a Co2 cylinder is'nt the kind of thing I want on show in my living room - which is why I bought the Juwel ;) not sure about the carbon liquid - I'd like to understand more about how Glutaraldehyde breaks down to release the carbon and any effects it may have in the long term.

I will have to dose NPK and other ferts as my tap water has no measurable/useful levels - mountain moorland reservoir - I have discus water coming out of my tap :D

Do T6 bulbs give more useful light for plants? or are they just brighter to my eyes? in which case I could just go with the lampspec T8s and put the money saved towards other parts of the setup.
 

swackett

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Sounds like you are happy with the flow from your filter and that you will dosing ferts. Many people use Excel/easycarbo in there their tanks, I've used Excel in mine and am not aware of any adverse effects of using it.

Try this link for more info on T6's http://ukaps.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=6018

You could always replace the existing light bar with the Juwel High-lite bar, thus enabling you to use T5 tubes?
http://www.global-aquatics.com/p/875614/juwel-aquarium-replacement-t5-high-lite-bar-80cm.html
 
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