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bikinibottom 11-19-2012 05:48 PM

Lighting on 40 long
I have a 48" 4-bulb Tek T5HO fixture from an old saltwater setup. I want to use it on a 40 long -- 48"l x 12"w x 16"d. I'd also like to keep plants that require "medium" light, and would like to avoid CO2 (which I understand can be done with PAR = 35-50). If I used only one 54W 6500k bulb in this fixture would that still be too much PAR to avoid using CO2? I saw the sticky thread on lights/PAR, and if the Tek calculated values can be taken at face value it looks like the PAR might be about right near the bottom of the tank, but might be closer to 75-80 at the surface of the water.

Anyone successfully running a setup with one bulb 54w T5HO bulb, or have any advice for me?

biogenetic40379 11-19-2012 06:57 PM

i had one t5ho on my 55g, it was 18 inches from light to substrate, I had no problems with out co2. I should have been running co2, but i never got my solenoid to seal right. Just be prepared to read about par (which you seem to already have started) and be able to move the light up off the tank. You could ask around to rent a par meter too, someone in my city does it so i don't see why there wouldnt be on in the DC area.

bikinibottom 11-19-2012 07:15 PM

Thanks, Biogen... that's a good idea about borrowing a PAR meter. I have connections with some science folks at UMD so it shouldn't be that hard to get my hands on one.

bikinibottom 11-19-2012 07:31 PM

Hey, Biogen... were you able to grow plants that needed a "medium" level of light? I'm interested in planting things like swords and other things that need a moderate level of light.

Hoppy 11-19-2012 08:32 PM

Don't forget that most plants that "require" more than low light, really require CO2 before they do well. It is the combination of light and CO2 that gets those plants to grow well.

bikinibottom 11-19-2012 09:41 PM

thanks, hoppy. Any thoughts on a siesta regime to increase co2? My (limited) understanding is that the co2 level goes down to almost 0 after the first 5 hours the lights are on, and that shutting them off for several hours brings the co2 level back up significantly while the plants respire. In theory, this regime would provide a little more co2 for the plants. I'm wondering if anyone has any data on whether this works or not.

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