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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-09-2013, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Fluval spec V stock light

Does anyone know the specs for the stock lights?

And I'm wondering how long you guys keeps yours on per day?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-09-2013, 10:58 AM
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I have a Spec III and I use an 8 hour photoperiod. Any more than that and I grow algae without CO2. I installed some 12K Current USA Lunar lights for viewing outside of the photoperiod.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-11-2013, 06:25 PM
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I replaced the Spec V stock lighting. Even without any measurements, it's pretty obvious that it won't cut it for anything other than mosses and the most hardy plants. Even ambient lighting washes the LED lighting out.

I would recommend upgrading to a Finnex Fugeray or Ray II depending on what your ultimate goal with the tank is. I use a Fugeray 16" with a 7 hour photoperiod.
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I gave the stock lighting 3 weeks, but I couldnt take it anymore. It is slowly yellowing out all my plants. I'm Upgrading to fugeray 20.
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Fugeray 20 is quite an upgrade...it going to take you from extremely low light to potentially high light. Just make sure that you're prepared for that
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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So if the light is so weak shouldn't I be able to just run it longer each day?

Current: 45g planted, MTS/EcoC/blastingsand. SunSun filter, pressurized CO2.
Old: 15g planted / Aquaclear 30, Eco-C, Pressurized CO2
Old: 10g heavy plants, Eco complete, Cherry shrimp, otto's. DIY CO2 w/ glass diffuser. Aquaclear 20.
Old: 55g planted, Soilmaster select charcoal, community tank. Pressurized CO2 w/ in-line reactor. Magnum 350 pump.
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I have the stock light. I run it for ... I dunno, 12 - 15 hours a day, unless I remember to turn it off earlier. I only fertilize with Flourish comp (.4ml) once a week, if I remember.

I'm growing mosses, dwarf sag, some ludwigia, b. australis, hydrocotyle japan, some random dwarf floaters, and a few other things I'd have to go look up the names of. I have zero problems with growth on these low light plants, and just a little bit of algae on the glass that I don't bother with removing since the shrimplets are constantly all over it.

But I'm lazy!
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