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  1. Hoppy
    06-11-2015 04:56 AM - permalink
    There really isn't a unique answer to the question about how high a wattage you can use in a fixture that is labeled as a 40 watt max fixture. If the fixture was made to be used with CFL bulbs, it may be labeled based on the "equivalent to" wattages of CFL bulbs. Or, if it is made to be used with any type of bulb, it would probably be rated based on the maximum current and the maximum heat load from the bulb, so the 40 watts would mean 40 real watts, not "equivalent to" watts. When I used CFL bulbs I always used sockets and wiring that were rated for real watts, and it is still possible that all fixtures are rated for real watts. A good way to decide would be, for a commercially available light fixture, to see what specific bulbs are recommended to be used - CFL bulbs or some other kind of bulb. If it is CFL bulbs I would assume "watts" means "equivalent watts", but if it is other bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs, I would assume "watts" mean real watts.
  2. chouavue
    06-11-2015 01:04 AM - permalink
    hoppy...if i may have one more question for you since you are good with lights... i have a 40 watt max fixture(but for some reason it says to only use 13 watt cfl) I can actually go to say..... a 26 watt cfl and still be safe right? I plan on putting 2 of those on my 17 gallon carpeted mr aqua tank. what do you think. thanks
  3. chouavue
    06-09-2015 12:27 AM - permalink
    thanks hoppy...I decided to get into this hobby again after seeing everyone's tanks..i failed before with cyano bacteria and had a newborn so was scared of him bumping the co2 tank over or something.. this time..lots of plants co2 lesser light and non limiting ferts for my iwagumi (hc and dwarf hair grass) *cross fingers*
  4. Hoppy
    06-08-2015 07:24 PM - permalink
    It does look like you have plenty of magnesium in your tap water, so no GH booster is needed.
  5. chouavue
    06-08-2015 05:18 AM - permalink
    sorry i mean
  6. chouavue
    06-08-2015 05:15 AM - permalink
    thanks im looking at district one...and it seems that manganese and calcium is i should be ok right?
  7. Hoppy
    06-06-2015 02:06 AM - permalink
    chouavue, Tom Barr uses city water too, and found that dosing GH booster at each water change was necessary to get enough magnesium for the plants. So, I dose GH booster at water changes, too. But, Elk Grove water is largely, or entirely well water, where ours is mostly river water. Here is your water quality report:
  8. Hoppy
    06-06-2015 01:59 AM - permalink
    Charlie, I had to quit making PAR meters because my arthritis is getting worse and using my hands that extensively makes they hurt all night. Being old is a drag some times.
  9. chouavue
    06-06-2015 12:33 AM - permalink
    Hey hoppy glad to see a close resident...Im from elk grove and I just had a we need Gh boosters or is our water parameter perfect for us.. Thanks.
  10. charlie 1
    06-05-2015 05:56 PM - permalink
    charlie 1
    Hello Hoppy, do you still sell your par meters?
    I`m in Canada & interested in getting one.

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11:57 PM - thedood quoted Hoppy in post DIY Hood using Philips T2, 6500K 1600 Lumen CFL 23 watt bulbs
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