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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question Planted Nano tank light options?

(I'm not sure if this should be in plant, lgiht, or nano planted tank section?)

Currently I have an Evovle4 with stock light, several people have claimed to grow medium light plants in it, I want to do some of the smaller sword species (need medium light). Right now I am trying to revitalize some Argentina Sword back from the dead in there, leaves are sprouting fairly fast, but seem to turn brown as they grow, not sure its that's algae, light issues, or nutrient deficiency.. that's not the point though..
These stock lights seem to not last too long so I am looking at alternatives now. So please give me your light info for you nano tanks!


What brand of light? (please be specific)
Distance between substrate and light? (specify inches or cm)
What plant types do you grow successfully with this light?(low/medium/high light plants)
How long is the light on?
Does you tank get sunlight?


My info:
Evovle4 stock light.
10 inches from substrate to light.
Successfully.. low light plants, don't know about medium yet.
8-10 hours a day
No sun love for this nano.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 10:33 PM
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I use the Fluval 13W light for my Aqueon Evolve 2, which is a bit much but it would be perfect for yours. I love the light - it's incredibly sturdy, 6500K, and the reflectors around the light make sure all light diverts into the tank. The stock light on your tank doesn't do that, and I had tons of problems with it too.
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I use the Fluval 13W light for my Aqueon Evolve 2, which is a bit much but it would be perfect for yours. I love the light - it's incredibly sturdy, 6500K, and the reflectors around the light make sure all light diverts into the tank. The stock light on your tank doesn't do that, and I had tons of problems with it too.
I was looking at that on amazon, it seems rather cheap $ so I was worried it'd be prone to burn out quickly?
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Rather than the fluval, just go get a clip on shop light from Home Depot/Lowes. You can use a 26 watt 6500k Spiral CFL. You can find a way to suspend it, or you could just get the zoo med deep dome stand and use that. You could do this for around 25$. Cheaper than the fluval and more light. If you need less light you could always raise it more or getting a lower wattage bulb.


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Rather than the fluval, just go get a clip on shop light from Home Depot/Lowes. You can use a 26 watt 6500k Spiral CFL. You can find a way to suspend it, or you could just get the zoo med deep dome stand and use that. You could do this for around 25$. Cheaper than the fluval and more light. If you need less light you could always raise it more or getting a lower wattage bulb.


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I have considered these but since I don't have a par reader I want to find lights that I can determine if they will give off "medium" light for the distance it would be from the substrate, rather than find out I got "high" or "low" light and am killing my medium light plants... that's why I made this thread with these specific questions to help determine that. Slapping a __ watt cfl on don't give ma an idea of what plant growing range I will get.
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Well, there's several threads out there that examine the par on spirals. A 13 watt will give you highlight. This hobby is not about certainties, and asking for a fixture that will defiantely give you medium light isn't a good way to go about it. Experimentation is the key here.


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I have this bulb above my 2.5 and 4 tall and everything grows like a weed. Crypt lutea, dwarf sag, Hygrophila Difformis, Hygrophila Corymbosa, Pennywort, and frogbit. I'd say the light is about 2" above the surface in each tank. The light is on for 10hrs a day and the tanks receive no natural sunlight. I'll probably be dialing that back to 8hrs/day soon. There are some pics here....

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When i had this tank, i used the finnex epoch lamp which had a 6500k bulb. plants grew so well compared to the stock LEDs. I still have the lamp in the box. its a great lamp for the tank.

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