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Old 06-10-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Lighting question with tank stats.


Hey guys, Anybody with any advice on my setup. Not a specific problem or anything.

Tank: 70L. 24"L x 12"H x 15"W
Lighting: 24W 10,000K and 24W pink bulb 2" from water Surface
so about 12" from sand substrate. On for 3 hours a day.
Plants: Mostly Anubias Nana and jave fern (needle)
Fish: 8 bronze Corys, 2 male guppys.
Filter: Fluval 205 and fluval edge HOB, Gentle flow gets all around the tank
C02: have the equipment but i was told anubia doesnt need it and wont
do much with it. Dosing small amount of ferts daily (macros from a bottle)
Water Parameters:
PH 6.5

Nitrates 30ppm
Nitrites 0
50% water changes a week.

Since changing from Fluval edge lighting to 48W i have noticed a bit brown algea but my lighing times keeps this manageble, the anubias does get it on its leaves in spots. Java fern is doing nicly. The anubias is placed at all levels of the tank and comes out of water surface. would like to know if i need floating plants to shade the anubias or if Co2 would help with algea issue.

Ill post a pic tonight after work

Dont mind the rubber bands, Those are coming off soon.













I use some ferts called love fish from pets at home.
Cheers,
Paul
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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A single T5HO bulb 12 inches from the substrate will be high light, if it has a poor reflector, or absurdly high light if it has a very good reflector. Two of them close together will give you double that. A 12 inch high tank can be lighted much better with T8 light.
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A single T5HO bulb 12 inches from the substrate will be high light, if it has a poor reflector, or absurdly high light if it has a very good reflector. Two of them close together will give you double that. A 12 inch high tank can be lighted much better with T8 light.

Just updated with pics. The lighting unit is the one from pond solutions. Im v.happy with the unit itself but im in fear its too much light. But im stuck with it. If Co2 would be of any use i would put it together and set it up as iv all the gear.
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