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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-07-2003, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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I have 29 watts on my 5.5 gallon tank right now. its pretty bright, but i want a blinding light. would 80 watts be too much? hah i already know the answer... yes, but its a small tank anyway. i think i can probably control the algae somehow. crazy growth would be awsome.
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Some is good. More is better. Too much is just enough!

Honestly, there's a point where additional light intensity simply won't be utilized by the plants anymore. Algae will gladly oblige and use it, though. Maybe if the SuperLights only came on for 2-3 hours in the mid-afternoon to simulate noonday sun, you might be able to increase red/pink growth without creating an algae feeding frenzy.

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If your post is somewhat serious, you might read about too much light here http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Tech/toomuchlight.html

If you are just kidding around, maybe try one of those 5900 Watt lamps and let us know how it will go http://www.thekrib.com/Lights/sulphur.html

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ah. o wel. if i upgrade... im just going to get 40 watts max on my 5.5 gallon. that should be enough. 8) 80 watts prolly will burn the water. hehe.
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Be warned that you will lose water very quickly to evaporation with that much light on top of your tank. I have 28 Watts over my 7.5 gallon tank (same dimmensions as a 5.5 just a little taller) and I lose about a Gallon a week.
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Is 130 watts on a 29 gallon too much? The plants have been in the aquarium for close to 5 weeks, so most if not all of the above water leaves have fallen off, however I've noticed that every 3 days I still clean 15 to 20 leaves up from the Red Rotilla, which one plant has already died. On the Ozelot Sword, the leaves coming up are semi transparent, and one leaf came up yellow!!! :?: And on the Amazon Swords, the new leaves are coming up semi transparent as well. Is this because there is too much lighting, or some other cause??? And as a side note how do I get rid of all the algae? My tank is begining to be covered , and its sorta a hastle to clean all the algae off! :?
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Please give us some specifics on your tank such as your pH, KH, GH, Phosphate. Also are you using CO2? Are you fertilizing? If so what and how much.

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Is 130 watts on a 29 gallon too much?
Yes, 130 Watts on a 29 gallon can be too much. Especially if you are using efficient reflectors.
Such lighting will want to make your plants grow very fast, and if you do not supply fertilizer and CO2 they will simply collapse.
The more light, fertilizer etc you throw at a tank the less stable the whole setup can be, which can be noticed by excellent algae growth.

One think you might want to try if possible is to run the tank with half that wattage until it has filled up with plants, then increase the light (and fertilizer, water changes, CO2, pruning and cooling :lol: ) further.
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Okay, My tank's specs are...
PH 6.8 Phosphate ?
KH 2 CO2 = Yes --> Carbo-Plus
GH 3 Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0 Nitrate 12.5
Coralife lighting system, 2 65 watt actenic bulbs (I think, they are the white ones that come with the initial purchase)

Fertalization: All Flourish Products
Trace = Just started
Comprehensive = 3/4 ml weekly
Iron = 1-2 ml Weekly
Potassium = 3 ml weekly

I also have Flourish mixed with pea gravel as a substrate.

I have turned off one of the lights, but most of the rotilla looks pretty gone.
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