watts for carpet

eiginh

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What are the minimum watts per gallon (wpg) needed for all or most carpet plants in 10g? I talked to an LFS owner and he's got many planted tanks along with great carpet plants. He said the minimum should at least be 5 wpg but I read elsewhere that 3 wpg is good. I plan on having glosso/HC "Cuba"/ something minuta. I already have 36w PC catalina light fixture.
 

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eiginh;43607 said:
What are the minimum watts per gallon (wpg) needed for all or most carpet plants in 10g? I talked to an LFS owner and he's got many planted tanks along with great carpet plants. He said the minimum should at least be 5 wpg but I read elsewhere that 3 wpg is good. I plan on having glosso/HC "Cuba"/ something minuta. I already have 36w PC catalina light fixture.

Hi,

I think you have plenty of light with the light fixture you have. :)

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You can grow most carpeted plants with good spread and low light, so long as you toss in a good level of CO2 to go along with it. What you have now may be a bit on the intense side, but that's something you can figure out as you go.

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Hi,

Shade cloth, floating plants, raising the lights many ways to lower intensity.:)

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30 W of T8 cheapo bulbs grew anything I ever wanted in a 10 Gal, 2x 15 W under counter type lights.

A single 14 W T5 bulbs with a good reflector would do the same BTW.


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eiginh

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I think I can grow these plants too but will it be short and compact or will it be tall? Atm the fixture is 2 inches above the tank from the legs, I'm thinking of just laying down on the perfecto glass top.