what do you guys think? are those the correct bulbs and everything? what kind of lighting will that provide me in a tank thats 6ft long, 2ft tall, and 17inches wide? i plan on supporting pressurized co2, and fertilizer. I really want some plants that will thrive even if they are low to medium light. i want my entire tank to be green and bushy in the back and i dont want to see my background.
please let me know what you guys think,
Michael (new member and loving this site, ive been reading things non-stop)
You can use one of those 8 bulb lights if you are interested in growing algae. Otherwise, I suggest no more than 2 T5HO bulbs over any part of the tank, and that would be high light. Ideally you would use 2 - 3 foot long,4 bulb fixtures, in a row across the length of the tank, but hang them about a foot above the top of the tank. That would give you very uniform, low medium light, which, with CO2 would let you grow just about every plant.
so the light from petstore.com is way to much ur saying? its 12bulbs lol. I do want to grow HC and have a nice green carpet, will the bigalonline.com light be enough for that? I know i said i want medium light but HC is something i wouldnt mind. Im pretty much set on buying the light from bigalsonline, but if i have to i will spent the money on the 12 bulb light because the tank is 2ft tall.
Mike, Hoppy is the lighting guru/expert on here. If he says 12 bulbs is a waste of money, then it is a waste of money. You don't need 12 bulbs to grow HC. I have a 120 gallon tank 48x24x24.
I grew HC with no problems at all with 4 bulbs. I did get algae because the light was only a few inches from the water surface. Now I have it 1 foot off the tank and 36 inches from the substrate and my HC is growing just as good with no algae this time!
Remember your tank is also not that big front to back, so the need for so many bulbs also diminishes since 4 lights is enough to cover the front all the way to the back of the tank.
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I've got a 150 gallon with 4 PC bulbs at the LFS I work at. I would much rather have T5's but thats what the set came with. Would also love to be able to suspend the lights. There are positive and negatives to working at the LFS but the big negative is that I can only use what my manager will let me use >_< Cheap garbage.
I think the lighting is decent with this. I wouldnt go any higher. I would just change to T5HO's. 12 bulbs is wayyyyy too much! You dont want an algae farm.
Hc loves Co2 not that much light....as they always stress on light But I strongly disagree...light is needed but not "heart and soul" What mater most in med-high light(??) tank is balance of co2 as Tom always stress which is very true. 1 simple thing to think about as I discussed with local member recently is what matters most?? for human to survive ? Food cloth,Jewelery car etc..he said....Food...you agree?? Well I don't since there is foremost thing for human survival...think what???
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