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20 Liter Arcadia
May 11, 2009
11:25 am
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Fishwife
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I'm going to set up my 20 litre Arcadia again, this time for my new Betta who's at present living in a 10 litre tank, which is a bit on the small side.

As the tank will be in the new kitchen I don't want to use gravel but as I'd like some plants (Crypts mainly) I was thinking of either Caribsea Tahitian Moon Black or CaribSea White Marine, but as this only seems to be sold in 20lb bags I was wondering how much I'd need to cover the bottom 30 x 25 cm to a depth of 1 ins, can you please advise me on that as I've never used sand before.

Also as I said this is an Arcadia Arc Pod with a 9 watt Arc Pod light, although I've used the tank in the past, I've never used the light as I wasn't really keen on it, but now think it would look better in that particular position than the tall Superfish 18 watt light that I use now. AND, I was wondering if in the opinion of others this light would be OK to grow low light plants?

May 11, 2009
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QUOTE (Fishwife @ May 11 2009, 12:08 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was wondering how much I'd need to cover the bottom 30 x 25 cm to a depth of 1 ins, can you please advise me on that as I've never used sand before.


Can't really advise you on the lighting et al but Amy recently bought a 5kg bag of sand for her 30*30 tank and it gave her a covering of nearly 3 inches deep. 3kg (6.6lbs) should be fine for what you need /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

May 11, 2009
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Lighting should be fine - it's about 2 WPG, although I find you need a bit more light in smaller tanks than larger tanks (with regards WPG). That should be fine for low light plants.

May 11, 2009
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Shifted this into the appropriate forum. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I had an Arcadia pod in England but mine came with a pink 'Grolux' kind of bulb which are never much cop for growing plants (despite the confusing name). Have they changed the bulb colour since Fishwife?

Cake or death?
May 11, 2009
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Thanks for all the replies, I really appreciate it. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

I don't think they've changed the colour of the pod which I'll use to begin with to see how things go. I can start looking round for a replacement bulb in the meantime - Thanks again

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