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Old 02-09-2004, 08:08 PM   #1
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I am new to planted tanks, and I bought a Perfecto flourescent light to go with my puffer tank. You can see it in this pic:



It doesn't say the wattage on the box or anything, and I know I need to replace the bulb with a plant bulb when I do add real plants to the tank. Did I buy the right thing? Opinions?
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Old 02-09-2004, 09:15 PM   #2
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Replacing the bulb with a plant dedicated bulb will not make a huge difference. I don't know what the tank size and wattage of the bulb is (it is printed on the bulb), but from experience, most striplights of that sort are not suitable to grow plants.
You should aim for about 2 to 3 Watts/gal. For example, if this is a 30 gal tank, you should get at least 60 Watts over it. IMO, these striplights are not good, since they block out most of the light, and the "reflectors" in them are nonsense.
I would either completely DIY, or partially by using a retrofit kit such as sold by ahsupply.com, or spend a little bit more and buy one of the complete PC fixtures that are sold in many online places.

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Old 02-09-2004, 11:09 PM   #3
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Wasser knows what he is talking about. Those perfecto strip lights aren't good for growing many plants. But I have had great success growing Hornwort and cryptocoryne wendtii red with those lights. For years I tried growing other plants but they died. I had know Idea about light requirements for plants before I found this site. But hornwort tanks can look really cool. I have grown it up to 5 feet long in my 29 gallon tank.
And javamoss will take off after awhile under those conditions.
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:03 AM   #4
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It appears to be a 5.5 or 10 gallon tank. If it's a 5.5 it's almost enough light for low light tanks. If it's a 10 it's not enough light.
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:15 AM   #5
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Looks like the 10 gallon I picked up. If it is the light is a 15 watt, 18 inch t8 light. I think that is the right measurement on the bulb length.

I had an old one laying around and I have both placed over mine 10 gallon so I get 3 WPG then. Has worked well for me. Not pretty right now but it works.

You could take it back and get a refund and maybe pickup an AH supply 2x13 light kit. I am thinking of doing that soon.. Only 2.6 WPG but I'd be happier. Less cords and clutter on the top of the tank.
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Old 02-10-2004, 03:42 AM   #6
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I think the perfect light for a 10 gallon is a AH Supply 36 watt kit. But of course you need to build an enclosure since it won't fit in a standard 20" strip light.
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I think the perfect light for a 10 gallon is a AH Supply 36 watt kit. But of course you need to build an enclosure since it won't fit in a standard 20" strip light.
Mine did
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Old 02-10-2004, 12:32 PM   #8
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Wow! That's awesome. What brand was the strip light? Normally the reflector is too wide to fit a standard 20" strip light.
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Yes, it is a 10g. I guess I will have to figure out another route.

Thank you all!
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