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Old 09-07-2002, 12:05 AM   #1
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I have a 55 gallon tank made by Nature's View/Oceanic...it came with two hoods and each one has a 15 watt flourescent GE Aqua Scene fixture. Do I need more wattage for my plants to grow? I have regular small gravel for substrate and some amazone swords, anacharis, and two others I can't identify. I leave lights on for at least 10 hours a day? I have noticed that some leaves come off the base of the plant like they are rotting any suggestions? Thanks:hehe:
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Old 09-07-2002, 12:30 AM   #2
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Oh yeah, you definitely need more light if you don't wanna be buying new plants every 2 weeks. Your plants are losing there bottom leaves because the plants don't have enough light. 2 watts of light per gallon is a good starting point. right now you have about .6 watts of light per gallon which is really only adequate for viewing the fish. There are retrofit kits available to modify your existing strip lights to accept brighter bulbs. An excellent source is at the link below.They have a variety of fairly inexpensive solutions for brightening your tank.

http://ahsupply.com/
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Old 09-08-2002, 10:38 PM   #3
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Well I'd like to know if I have to custom build a new hood or can I add some lights to my existing one. They are two 24" hoods each with an 18" 15watt flourescent bulb. Will I have to make my own hood or are there ready made ones with more wattage? Any suggestions.
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If your fairly handy you can actually pull the guts out of your exhisting 24" strip lights and insert the 55-watt retrofit kit in each one from AH supply.That'll give you 110 watts of light or 2 watts per gallon. Or you can just get rid of your existing hood and go with a glass canopy top and buy a ready made 4' compact flourescent. Heres a good link for those items.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...=6&pCatId=3773

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...=6&pCatId=3781
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Old 09-10-2002, 11:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for all ur help. I've been looking at those sites and will definitley consider buying or even making a new hood for my aquarium....
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Old 09-19-2002, 12:06 AM   #6
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Another option is buying double strip lights at home depot for like 10 bucks a piece
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Old 09-27-2002, 02:03 PM   #7
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do these double strip lights have a brand or something...I'll have to go check them out...
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Old 09-27-2002, 08:43 PM   #8
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Yeah, they're usually called a "Shop Light".
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Old 09-29-2002, 01:27 AM   #9
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Cool I went and bought a shop light...with two 40 watt flourescent bulbs...they are sylvania gro-lux wide spectrum and a standard, does anyone know the difference? other than the dollar or so....LOL
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Old 11-15-2002, 05:18 PM   #10
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Sorry for not registering right now but I have one question about lighting also. I have a 65 Gal tank (not set up yet, I'm still gathering as much info as possible...) to which I built a solid pine stand and hood. I'm currently fitting 4x36W fluorescents (1x 3000K, 2x 6500K and 1x 10.000K, all from philips). Should this be enough light for all kinds of aquatic plants or are there any plants that would require more light? I can easily fit 4 more fluorescents in the hood since I chose to put a mirror to reflect the light down instead of reflectors.

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Old 11-15-2002, 07:41 PM   #11
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What kind of fluorescent lights are these? Normal Output or Compact Fluorescent? If CF, then the 2.2 watts per gallon you have now would be enough to grow most plants, but not all. If they are regular tubes, then you would have the most success with plants with moderate light requirements.

About the only plants I'd see you having trouble with are Glossostigma, Lilaeopsis, other low foreground plants (far away from light) and some intense light plants.
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Old 11-17-2002, 12:12 AM   #12
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You could consider overdriving your normal outputs, to get more light... I have just been finding out (thanks GulfCoast!) that it isn't really that hard. Look at the first post in lighting section.

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