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Old 05-08-2012, 02:26 AM   #1
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New here. 26.5g, what kind of lighting?


I have been looking around for a bit and haven't found a concrete answer to what kind of lighting I can get away with to grow low and med light plants. Should I follow the WPG rule?

I saw this but didn't want to spend money on something that is more than I need
http://www.marineandreef.com/Product...6227B&CartID=1

What I'm aiming for is a nice ground cover of grass type plants with some midground size plants. Not sure if I want tall background plants.

If possible I would like to avoid having to fertilize frequently and avoid CO2

So far I have a 26.5 gallon tank with a light I believe is between 15-20w and a bag of gravel and two bags of planted aquarium substrate.

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Old 05-08-2012, 04:56 AM   #2
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What are the dimensions of the tank? The length determines what size fluorescent tubes you would need. The height determines how much each fluorescent, or other lighting, will light up the substrate. And, the front to back depth determines whether you need only one strip of light or more than one to cover the whole substrate.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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Actually that was the wrong link. My tank is 30x12x17in
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This is a tank that the FishNeedIt, 2 bulb T5HO light will work very well on. That is: http://www.fishneedit.com/t5ho-24quo...quarium-l.html With that light sitting right on top of the tank you should get around 35 micromols of PAR, so use of CO2 would be optional. Use the legs with that light and the PAR drops to 25-30 micromols, which would be ideal for a non-CO2 tank. Just be sure to get bulbs that are 6400-10.000K color temperature.
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Wouldn't I need this 30 inch, as my tank is 30 long?
http://www.fishneedit.com/30quot-2bulbs-fixtu302.html
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #6
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The light fixture will extend the length of the tank, the light tubes do not.
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The one Hoppy posted said "fixture size 23.25" " I guess I confused you when I posted the wrong light at the beginning. The one I last linked said 30" fixture size so Im assuming thats the correct one
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It will probably make little difference which of the two you use. They use the same bulbs. The 30 inch one just has a longer housing.
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So with that light I shouldn't need fertilizers either?
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You will still need to add fertilizer. How much and what to add will depend on the plants and the composition of the substrate.
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Should I choose 6500K or 10,000K and blue or white or mix?
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I 'd go pink and white , 10k for the white bulb.
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The website has no pink option, only blue and white
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I think I'm going to order that 30" one with all white 6500K. Is there anything wrong there?
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You might want to look at the Current USA fixture. It has the white and Pink (flora) . Their white is a 12k temp bulb. Same wattage .
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