Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Sector ZZ-9 Plural-Z Alpha, Earth, New England, Maine, York
Open top or glass top tank?
Here's my latest dillema...
should i replace my current lighting setup (2 20 watt All Glass striplights on a glass Versa-Top) with a 48" worklight strip and 6500K "Daylight" bulbs from wally-world
basically, the water sprite is doing *too well*, it's taking over the tank, i almost need to prune it every day, it's shading the Dwarf Chains and the sword plant, it wouldn't surprise me if it was hogging all my ferts
i suppose i could move it to a darker corner of the tank, move the hornwort to where the WS is now, and that may unshade the swords, problem is, the WS has a pretty decent root structure now and i don't know if it would take too well to being moved...
i could leave everything where it is, pick up that 48" fixture and 6500K "daylight" bulbs at wally world, take the versa-top off the tank and let the WS grow out of the top of the tank, that should also cut down on the shading problem, as the WS would be growing *up* out of the tank, not spreading just below the surface
it would also allow me to grow almost any plant in that tank, even Glosso...
aside from increased evaporation, is there any disadvantage to having an open-top tank, i don't smoke and don't use aerosol chemicals (like lysol), so i don't think particulate contamination would be a problem, the puffers show no sign of wanting to jump out of the tank, so i don't think that'd be a problem...
the tank itself is a 20 Long, a 30" tank, the striplights use a 24" tube, so there's 6" (3" per side) at the edges of the tank that's darker than the rest of the tank, so technically, the current tubes are slightly too short
the 48" striplight is 18" (9" per side) too long for the tank, i know i'll get *some* spillover, but since the tank is located about 9" away from the wall on the left side, i can basically center the light strip's right hand side over the right edge of the tank and let the left side spill over
Glass top, or emersed, what's the best bet?