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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-16-2013, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question Light issue WHAT KIND? PLEASE HELP

Hey everyone I really could use someones help here, I just purchased an aqueon 29 gallon deluxe kit (My first fish tank) very excited to get it up and running! and I'm going to make it a Low-tech planted guppy, Platy tank, I have everything else figured out except when it comes to the light situation. I have no idea what I have to look for when looking for lights. Like the watts? or what ever the k means in 6500k on some bulb specs, sorry very new to light bulbs and fish tanks. The tank came with a hood and t8 full spectrum florescent light. I'm sure everyone thinks I should probably get a whole different light fixture but I very much don't want to do that, does anyone know what I should do what would be the best single t8 light for live plants and it wont melt hood if too hot will it?

Exact measurements of tank 30L 13W 19H

Also what do you all suggest for a substrate best for plants and how much to use. I'm thinking about going with Eco complete, It seems with every substrate you will be a bad review on it somewhere.
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Hey everyone I really could use someones help here, I just purchased an aqueon 29 gallon deluxe kit (My first fish tank) very excited to get it up and running! and I'm going to make it a Low-tech planted guppy, Platy tank, I have everything else figured out except when it comes to the light situation. I have no idea what I have to look for when looking for lights. Like the watts? or what ever the k means in 6500k on some bulb specs, sorry very new to light bulbs and fish tanks. The tank came with a hood and t8 full spectrum florescent light. I'm sure everyone thinks I should probably get a whole different light fixture but I very much don't want to do that, does anyone know what I should do what would be the best single t8 light for live plants and it wont melt hood if too hot will it?

Exact measurements of tank 30L 13W 19H

Also what do you all suggest for a substrate best for plants and how much to use. I'm thinking about going with Eco complete, It seems with every substrate you will be a bad review on it somewhere.
The K means kelvin. It is the color temperature. 6500k means 6,500* kelvin. As far as if a single t8 will grow plants I doubt it. A 29 is a tall tank and the light levels will be so low some hardy low light plants might survive but I wouldn't look to them growing much.
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I was once in the exact same situations as you! I too have the Aqueon 29 gallon deluxe kit. With the lighting i was only able to grow some anubias, but everything else died. I really see your only option is to get a dual t5 fixture like the Odyssea Dual T5 24inch 48 watt fixture that i got for only $40! When i got that light i put it on and my plants almost immediately started to pearl! I now run it alongside with the stock t8 that came with the tank and im getting over 2 wpg. My plants are doing great and all of them are flourishing!

As for the substrate, if you haven't already set up your tank then a dirt substrate will no doubt about it be the best. Plus, its very cheap cause all you need is some dirt for $5-$10 and some cheap fine grade gravel for $10! Here is a link on how to do it correctly http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...on-talbot.html

All of the extra things he adds aren't fully necisarry, but will help your plants out.
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