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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Need help on newly set-up 2gal spec

Hi. I just set up my fluval spec. I replaced the stock light with a 10w GE helical cfl. Its in a dome fixture hanging About 13" above the lowest part of the substrate. I just want to know what light category this falls under. Im trying to grow flame sword and chain sword. Substrate is flourite red. Non CO2 but will dose excel everyday. I have dry ferts N, P, CSM+B. i can prepare a mix just need to know how much to dose. This is my first nano tank so i cant really figure out how to scale down everything. Every advise would be very mych appreciated. I can post pictures when i get home tonight. Pls ask me anything that is would help figure things out. Thanks a lot in advance! You guys helpedme with my 25gal before and its still in tip top condition! =)
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 05:39 PM
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I'm just a newbie - but I believe 5w per gallon is considered high lighting and should grow just about anything.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 06:35 PM
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The best way to check light strength is a par meter.

Hoppy is our resident light expert. He can do an amazing job at explaining.

Meanwhile, do you have a color temperature?

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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I think i already figured out my lighting. Right now uts 2700k but im switching it tonight to a 13W 6500k suspended about 8" from the water surface. My only concern is scaling down fert dosage. Ild like to dose just 2x a week with excel dose everyday then water change everyweek. No fish in it yet.
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