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watts for carpet

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by eiginh, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. eiginh

    eiginh Prolific Poster

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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.
     
  2. Biollante

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    5 Watt Per Gallon-Whoa Up Cowboy!

    Hi,

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

    Biollante
     
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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.

    -Philosophos
     
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    Light managed Many Ways

    Hi,

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

    Biollante
     
  5. Tom Barr

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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.


    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  6. eiginh

    eiginh Prolific Poster

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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.
     
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