Plant Tech: Lighting, Heating Cables, and other Gadgetry*
Plants need assistance to grow in the aquarium environment, and
some of this is provided by the "technology" of lighting, water pumps, heaters, etc.
Note: CO2, the most popular plant gadget,
is discussed in its own section.
There are many different schools of keeping planted tanks, several of
which are described in these pages. You'll be much happier if you
pick one, as opposed to trying to mix methods.
Speaking of schools of thought, here's a list of Dupla's Golden Rules for the succesful aquarium,
most of which can be accomlished by an expensive piece of hardware. :)
Lots of info can be found in the
general lighting section; here
we only discuss plant-related issues:
- results of a Survey of how much lighting people use
- foot-candles, lux, lumens, sunlight,
PAR: Steve Pushak explains it all for you! (Side note, after
reading this, perhaps you'd like to buy a PAR meter!)
- Notes about PAR units and conversions,
consequences about light spectrum.
- general discussion on the effect of spectrum (color temperature) on
plant growth, etc.
- Plant-specific lighting posts (topics
include what spectra and day length is optimal for growing plants,
avoiding algae, how much light, how to stimulate flowering, etc).
- Too Much Light! Yes, the hobby
has progressed to the point that folks can actually say that now.
- Open top or not?
- Natural lighted tanks
- Krause's theories (an interesting
contrast to Dupla).
- Technical info on photosynthesis
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