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Old 03-15-2013, 02:34 PM   #1
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Originally Posted by rexpepper651:
so some info here first. im using 2 48inch t8 6500k bulbs on my 55 gallon tank.(
That's your problem right there - you do not have enough light for that tank.

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I would increase the lighting but I have some Cyanobacteria in the tank, the most on some wood and a floater right under the light.
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Inadequate light will not kill the bacteria but will kill your plants. Look up on how to get rid of it


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08:15 AM Today #5
Originally Posted by rexpepper651:
so some info here first. im using 2 48inch t8 6500k bulbs on my 55 gallon tank.(
That's your problem right there - you do not have enough light for that tank.

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I would increase the lighting but I have some Cyanobacteria in the tank, the most on some wood and a floater right under the light.
Hello D...

You have low or subdued light, but that's not a bad thing. A couple of T8, 32 watts bulbs will work if you have the right plants. I keep several tanks with no more lighting than you have, but I get plants that prefer low light. Anubias and Java fern are perfect. They'll get nice and large, but low light plants are naturally slow growers.

You can also float stem plants close to the light. I like Anacharis (Waterweed) and Pennywort.

Attached is a pic of a tank with just a couple of 6500K, florescent bulbs like yours. The plants are those I listed. So, research the plants that just need the low light you have and aquascape your tank with those.

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Note: 2x 10w CFL lighting
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If anyone is interested in reading an in-depth discussion of the causes of Cyanobacteria, look at http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=167228
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Use clamp on lamp with cfl bulb. You can be in controller of how much light each plant gets.
I run 26w cfl on my stem plant and 15w on my java moss,java fern, anubias.
I have 2 15w on each end and 2 26w in the middle where my stem are.
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Inabox, my CFL dome reflectors will not claamp exactly vertically because the clamp runs into the dome. Space is tight as this is a 10 gallon tank. Right now I have 2 10w sitting on the glass top. I have 2 13w CFLs in reserve. Thanks, I'll see what I can do.
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