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Old 10-11-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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tank- 11.4g mr aqua, "18.9" x 11.8" x 11.8"
light- AquaticLife 20" T5HO, currently 2x 18w, 10k bulbs
substrate- Yubao
flora- HC, Hemianthus callitrichoides
hardscape- 7 Seiryu stones
co2- yes, once i fill it. 24oz paintball set up

My tank is currently in a dry start method, and I just added the AquaticLife lighting this past Sunday, prior to that, I had two Jebo 13w, 6500k clip-on lights, 12hr photoperiod. The AquaticLife fixture is sitting about 2.5" above the tank (via the legs it came with), and about 12" above the substrate.

I understand that my new lighting is bright, and it can probably be seen from space, so I am looking to dial it in. This is where I need your help. Hanging my fixture isn't really an option, so...

Should I use?

• 1 18w, 10k?
• 1 18w, 6k?

Also, is using the 2x 18w, 10k during my dry start overkill?

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