yeah, that's what i'm planning to do (place it over the gap). I just have to wait for it to be august so I can transfer my money lol. then I'll buy that led light off eBay. thanks sooooo much. I really think this is going to take my tank to the next level. (along with my new fluval filter of course)junebug said:Yeah, I need to add some more leaves and peat to it. It actually is pretty dark though, the tank is near a window so there's extra light from that brightening things up (which the feature fish, Microctenopoma ansorgii, really really strongly dislike lol poor guys). Plus I have all of those purposely shaded spots as hides for them. They're a leaffish-like climbing perch, so dark, large-leaved hides are a must.
Anyway, that's what the light looks like in practice, in a blackwater tank. I think you'll have plenty of light to grow your stem plants, and see everybody You could also very easily place the light over the gap in your hood if you don't want to replace it with a glass lid, or if you can't replace it yet.
okay, so if I started doing regular water changes (which I have now discovered can be quite easy) mine would probably classify as somewhere in between. I always wondered if high tech was just the "next level" of fish keeping or what. now it just sounds like a different type of fish keeping. its sort of where i'm headed, too.junebug said:Not like it's a specific term. High tech generally refers to tanks that require a lot of maintenance. Pressurized cO2, high lighting, more plants than fit comfortably in the tank, tons of ferts, (lol) and bazillions of water changes.
Low tech just means low maintenance. Low-mid light plants, no cO2 unless it's liquid substitutes, low or no ferts, regular water changes.
Yes, but I'm using fertilizers, upgrading my lighting, and using liquid co2. That's why I mean somewhere in the middle.junebug said:I define a high tech tank as a high light tank with the addition of ferts and pressurized cO2. <-- this is what makes the frequent water changes necessary. I'm talking 2-3 times a week, depending on the bioload.
Doing a regular water change schedule is not what makes a tank qualify as "high tech".
I only just started using ferts, so that wouldn't have anything to do with the ludwigia haha. and I don't really know what to use in that filter instead. a cut sponge thing? idk. also I asked on a planted tanks thing of fb and someone was saying they had that one from eBay and it didn't help at all. so that's why i'm torn now. I don't want to buy the fine because its far too expensive for me right now because i'm about to buy a TON of plants (petco aquatic sale next weekend) as well as the SDTFS auction. :/junebug said:Stop using carbon in planted tanks... that completely defeats the purpose of doing ferts. Might be why your ludwigia didn't do so hot.
As for the light... well the one I linked is designed specifically for aquatic plants. Even supposedly has the correct wavelengths for the RGB and hot pink lights with aquatic plant growth in mind. It's doing very well growing/healing the crinums in my 20 long. Crinums are a root-feeding, moderate light requirement plant, much like ludwigia (obviously they are a bulb-like plant, not a stem, but the requirements for care are about the same).
I still prefer it to my finnex planted+ . While finnex is a superb brand, their lights don't contain the hot pink bulbs which some googling/talking to plant fanatic people tells me is the light color best absorbed by plants. Even so, the green and white lights in the one I linked will likely still bring out red in ludwigia, assuming it grows tall enough.
I had heard good things about the beamswork lights, so I did some research on them. I liked them a lot less after I was done reading about them... they don't appear to contain light in the correct spectrum and corresponding wavelength for optimum plant growth. My conclusion was that they would be no better than my fluval fixtures (that are kind of "meh" in terms of plant growth) and probably would be a bit worse than those, so I didn't end up buying any.