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02-25-2003 09:19 PM
m.lemay New Mariner: there's nothing wrong with your tank. Plants need nutrients to grow and with all that light they are starving, for CO2, nitrates phosphates, potassium and micros. Light is to plants as excercise is to us. They're exercising but they're not getting anything to build on. Changing your light source won't make anything better.
The best thing you could do for your plants is CO2,and start fertilising.

02-25-2003 03:25 AM
NewMariner Maybe its my tank..probably is..

But I havent had that great of Luck with PCs...I have 3 96w over my 75g tank...Granted I havent gotten my CO2 injection system up and running, but my plants just look horrible...Im thinkin about putting a couple of 175w MH on the tank....
02-24-2003 09:54 PM
SNPiccolo5 I still wish I would have known about that setup when I bought my lights!

02-23-2003 06:20 PM
Originally posted by dlwarnock
Does anyone know if there is a shield between the JBJ bulbs and the water? I hope to run my aquarium open top and I need the fixture protected from water damage.

It has an acrylic shield to protect the bulbs.You can see it here on the instruction page.
02-23-2003 05:07 PM
dlwarnock Sorry about the second post but I screwed up my email. It really is
02-23-2003 05:02 PM
dlwarnock Mike,

I'm doing the same thing your are. Putting together the stuff I need to convert my 75g to a planted tank.

Here's what I have so far.

Substrate heater: 50w from

Substrate: ECO - Complete Planted tank substrate by CaribSea from LFS.

Lighting: JBJ Formosa 260w from Ebay auction. 4 55w 5300K bulbs from AHsupply. (Returned my AquaLight)

Filteration: Ehiem Pro II 2026 from BigAl's. Ehiem 2215 reused from old setup.

CO2: Ultimate CO2 system from Florida Driftwood.

I don't know how this is going to turn out but I do know I won't be able to blame anything on bad equipment. I feel the same way you do about DIY. So, I picked what I think is the best and searched out the best price.

If you want to share experiences my email is

Also, I'm going to document my project with pictures in the gallery when I get started in about two weeks. You should do the same. Everyone seems to think it is a good idea.

Best of luck to you.

02-23-2003 04:42 PM
dlwarnock Does anyone know if there is a shield between the JBJ bulbs and the water? I hope to run my aquarium open top and I need the fixture protected from water damage.

02-23-2003 04:46 AM
SNPiccolo5 That is a great lighting deal! Those fixtures are nice and not too expensive for a 4x55 (or 65?) PC setup...!

02-23-2003 03:49 AM
m.lemay Go for it !!
02-23-2003 03:35 AM
Momotaro Check out the JBJ site, they have the 55 and a 65 watt model with 10000k and 7100k bulbs. My LFS sells the 4x65.JBJ Site
02-23-2003 03:18 AM
m.lemay Does it come with the bulbs? Aquabotanics fixture is also a 4x65 but with 55 watt bulbs that are overdriven a little. Read the fine print on the web page. Also Aquabotanic uses the 6500k bulbs which are better for plants than the daylight bulbs.
02-23-2003 03:05 AM
Momotaro Thanks for all your input guys, I really appreciated the opinions! You have helped me make a good choice! A LFS sells the same JBJ setup in a 4x65 watt for $9 more, but I think it may be a bit too much. 3.5 watts per gallon, I don't know .This is my first big aquarium, my first set of power compacts and first stab at CO2, could be a recipe for disaster!
I believe the LFS will ship out those JBJ PCs, if anyone is interested let me know and I'll post the info.
02-23-2003 02:39 AM
m.lemay The JBJ 4x55 watt setup from Aquabotanic is not a bad deal. Its sleek as hell. If that setup had been available when I setup my 75 I would have bought it. It comes with the bulbs. Bulbs alone are $100. If I had to do it all over, I'd get the JBJ setup.

02-23-2003 12:25 AM
Rex Grigg If you want the low profile then go with the lights from Aqua Botanic.
02-22-2003 03:32 PM
Momotaro I was not planning on a wooden canopy at all. I would like to keep the profile of the aquarium a little lower and sleeker. Something that big becomes a piece of furniture here in my apartment. I thought a strip light like a JBJ over at Aqua Botanic would fit the ( expensive) bill ! . I would imagine maintainance would be a little easier without the wooden canopy also.
But if you guys think that a wooden canopy is superior and I have no other feasable options, then I may have to reconsider. Even though I have my heart set against it.
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