Originally Posted by bkraz
I've seen this Home Depot light referred to many times on here, now. I'm checking it out. It seems like it might be a little too much light, even, for what I want to do. I am just looking for a stable, low-tech environment. Heck, I still haven't ever used fertilizers ... if I could keep it that way I would love it.
The coralife fixture I used was their 130W aqualight with 2 65W 10,000K lamps in it. I have replaced the ballast twice and the wires twice. Every time I refurbish it I'm $100 into another light. Now I'm at this step, again.
So I'm scrambling, right now: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=209001
The key to any lighting is picking appropriate plants for the light you have. I've stuck with plants that can tolerate very low light and have not been in a rush to have them grow, so it has worked out well for me.
I've never dosed fertilizers and MAYBE do water changes once every 2 months if I'm lucky.