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  1. Hoppy
    03-06-2011 04:17 AM - permalink
    LED lights use a varying number of various types of LEDs of various wattages in various configurations. With so many things varying it isn't possible to say anything about a LED light unless you have a lot of details about it, or have seen PAR data for it. I know very little about the Marineland LED lights.
  2. cara40
    03-06-2011 03:36 AM - permalink
    Hi, I have a few questions about lighting if you dont mind.
    I have a 40 high with plants and a breeding pair of juli and one rubber nose pleco.
    i recently bought a marineland 36" LED for the tank. But after reading several different forums im wondring if i did the right thing by changing from the t5 to the LEDs.
    can you give me some insite into the LED vs t5 issue?
  3. FISH101
    02-16-2011 11:20 PM - permalink
    Hoppy about a month ago you gave me some tips on how to add lighting to my 20 gallon tank and what ferts to use ( dont know if you remember ) anyways ive had my tank set up now for a good 3 or so months now and im now getting alge on my plants ive been noticing it slowly creeping in. it looks like hair alge and today i noticed some brown hair like stuff. my tank is a 20 gal it has 4 t8 15w bulbs im using the flourish instead of the csm+b,kno3 and kh2po3 1x per week on those and i have the root tabs in there.4 bottles of diy co2, filter is a hang on back one im doing 25% water change weekly and my lights are on for 9 hrs a day. what do you think i can do to remove the alge in my tank. before it gets out of hand! another thing i forgot to mention when i bought my plants they they came in a plastic container filled with holes and the plants was attched to a cotton inside the container the person that sold me the plants told me i can put them in like that
  4. Hoppy
    02-07-2011 02:18 AM - permalink
    I'm using sandy river silt for my tank, and have done so in the past, with great results. But, if your soil is mostly sand, and mica, which the gold specks probably are, it isn't likely to be very good. Look for soil under trees, where the fallen leaves have composted in place, giving a rich humus layer on top.
  5. MaStErFiShKeEps
    02-06-2011 09:20 PM - permalink
    Is it normal for topsoil to have gold specks and a sandy texture? I want to use it for MTS but it's just like sand.
  6. MaStErFiShKeEps
    01-23-2011 03:21 AM - permalink
    Okay Thanks so much
  7. Hoppy
    01-23-2011 03:20 AM - permalink
    "Normal soil" could mean a lot of things. If you use mineralized topsoil, capped with something like Flourite, it should last as a nutrient filled substrate for more than a year, probably 2 years or more. It is always desirable to fertilize the water even when you have a fertile substrate. That gives the plants two sources of food and lets you be a little careless about dosing the water. But, with low light, you can do without the water dosing and just rely on the substrate.
  8. MaStErFiShKeEps
    01-23-2011 03:15 AM - permalink
    Hey, I have a quick question: How long would normal soil last underwater and would it feed the plants so I don't have to fert.?
  9. Hoppy
    01-13-2011 11:27 PM - permalink
    Watts are irrelevant when determining how much light you will have. Instead, you need to consider what type of light you are using, T5HO, T5NO, T8, PC, etc, and how far the light will be from the substrate, where the intensity is the lowest. Within each type of light, the wattage just indicates how long the bulb is, thus, how long a tank it will light uniformly.
  10. night9eyes
    01-13-2011 07:41 PM - permalink
    My husband did have a question with the Coralife 2 bulb T5NO light, he was wondering if it's enough wattage for a 55 gallon tank. Here is the link you sent. . .thanks! Question was regarding an Amazon Biotope aquarium set-up.

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