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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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lighting question

HI all

I ahve a 75 gallon tank that is going to be tranformed into a platned tank. for lighting I was looking into putting 2, 2 bulb T8 shop lights for the tank total will be 26 bucks.

as far as plants go I just want the tank to look good and keep it simple but I want to know if this will work if I decide to get a little more difficult plants later on.

im more used to reef tanks and have led bulbs for almost 2 years so this is all new to me. also if this will work what color type of bulbs do i need for a good look and good plant growth?

TYIA all
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You should be able to grow a good amount of plants with 4 t8s. I would recommend getting some daylight bulbs at a temp. of 6,500k. They will best suite the plants.
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thank is there any special type of bulbs or just any type of 6500k's
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Your Lighting Question

Hello rc...

I avoid the more light demanding plants and use 48 inch, 6,500 K T8s in my taller tanks and T12s in the wider tanks. The local hardware store carries a GE Aquarium Plant bulb that's about $10.00. They'll last well over a year. I've used these in my tanks for several years and plants grow fine.

Don't forget two important things in addition to the proper lighting: Large, frequent water changes to keep the mineral levels high. Standard filtration will remove the minerals over time.

I also dose the trace elements weekly, when I do my water changes. The macro nutrients I leave up to the fish.

Pretty simple.


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