- 23 May 2013
So, reading through a lot of the info on here, I've settled for T5 tubes. Do I have to buy controllers from the pet shop or are cheaper options available?
Thanks very much for that.I have 3 x 8w t5 in the hood of my 14x14x12 tank and 1 is enough with no co2. 2 is enough with co2. And if i switch all three on i grow lots of algae, very quickly. I think bertie has a tank similar size to yours and he had to use one tube for a while while he got his co2 right. Have a look through his posts. Beginner plants generally mean low light, low co2 and 1 tube in hood will grow these quite well. I have a friend who grows beginner plants under 1x t8, in a tank the same as your planning, when he remembers nutrients they do quite well. 2x t5 will be ok as long as you are able to only use one just in case you need to
Many thanks.Im not sure, im fairly new to hobby have fluval stratum in mine. I can only really share may experience with light. Quite a few people use acadama and things grow well. start a thread in substrate and hopefully people with more experience will chip in. Some people manage to grow with plain sand as a substrate, so i cant see why it wouldnt work with the right ferts and co2