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Can Compact growth be regulated with lighting?

Discussion in 'Advanced Strategies and Fertilization' started by Davejt, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Davejt

    Davejt Junior Poster

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    High light - short period, High light - long period, Low light - long period, etc. All else being equal in a general sense, which would promote dense, compact growth, as opposed for everything growing straight for lights?

    I know a lot more would be involved especially plant species, but just trying to pick a start point for lighting.

    65gal (the tall one) 2-6 T5 HO 36" lamps available. with CO2.
     
  2. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    A difference in light strength makes a difference in compact growth, but good CO2 also plays a role here. I would start with just two bulbs and first make sure you have good algae free growth and ample CO2. When you have that covered, then you can experiment with light to see how it influences growth.

    regards,
    dutchy
     
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    ibanezfrelon Guru Class Expert

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    I've had nice thick growth with 2wpg in a 20inch deep tank.
    CO2 is very important

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    I have thick growth at under 2w/gal.
    And........it grows slower so stays that way longer........than say with high light.

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    Tom Barr
     
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