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post #181 of 287 (permalink) Old 09-30-2012, 09:31 PM
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I had to hang my lights because sitting on top of the glass cause the residue to harden from the heat and it'll eventually block out even more light. There's some residue that not hard but I can't remove it.
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post #182 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-01-2012, 04:27 PM
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Recently I set up two of the smaller dome reflectors seen in this thread above my 10G. I'm using 14w 5k CFLs about 14in from the substrate. The lamps are on for 9 hrs a day.

While I have seen an increase in plant growth over the past two weeks, its nothing like most of the posters in here are experiencing. I only have about 6-8 plants in the tank, mostly assorted crypts. I dose excel daily, flourish weekly, and use fluorite substrate. Am I missing something? I've read that heavily planting a tank is the way to go but I am unsure if I want to invest in a bunch of plants if I wont get the growth that I'm looking for. Ill post pictures later today.
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post #183 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-11-2012, 02:14 AM
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So i purchased some 6" clip-on light fixtures with 6500 CFL bulbs... I'm smelling burnt plastic smell as others have. Will this smell go away after x amount of days? Is it just the glue from the stickers that were taken off? If you have any input it would be appreciated
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post #184 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-11-2012, 02:37 AM
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So i purchased some 6" clip-on light fixtures with 6500 CFL bulbs... I'm smelling burnt plastic smell as others have. Will this smell go away after x amount of days? Is it just the glue from the stickers that were taken off? If you have any input it would be appreciated
Yeah if it just the plastic smell it'll go away. Take off the all stickers. Mine had em in the one, outside, and near the switch.
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Thats what I figured, how long did it take for it to stop stanking?
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post #186 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 05:21 PM
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i wanted to thank you for writing this thread...

today i bought 2 of the CFL bulbs for my 20G tank to try them out.
they are 13W, 800 lumens, 6500K
i LOVE the way my tank looks now.
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post #187 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-14-2012, 06:17 PM
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Thats what I figured, how long did it take for it to stop stanking?
The four we have stopped smelling after a couple days.
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post #188 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 12:40 AM
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Thanks, and the smell did stop after a few days or I got used to the smell haha jk. And I have the same setup Cilenez. I had Marineland lights before so I do miss the moonlight. But I know lowes does sell color CFL bulbs that I could put on for "show". But maybe down the road I'll buy some. Goodluck with growing your plants, and thanks to everyone for this great thread.
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post #189 of 287 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 05:52 AM
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I have a question regarding this strategy for lighting. I currently have an HOB filter and I'm not looking to buy a new one, but I do want to use a screen lid with these CFL lights bc I think it will be much cheaper and better. How do i use a screen lid with my HOB? it's an aqueon 200 and I have a 20 gallon high aquarium. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Is everyone achieving this kind of growth with no co2?
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post #191 of 287 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 07:51 PM
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Is everyone achieving this kind of growth with no co2?

I'm running my drop checker into the yellow range. So yes, LOTS of CO2. Can't speak for others but with close to 70w over a 18" tall 40b it's definitely necessary.
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post #192 of 287 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 02:11 AM
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I have one these lights on my 5 gal
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post #193 of 287 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys, went official with my new tank. Work lamps hung from conduit!







Just some food for thought!
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^^^Nicely done! Looks great.
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post #195 of 287 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 02:44 AM
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What size tank is that? What wattage bulbs?

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