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Old 09-15-2013, 10:02 PM   #1
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Need help with Lighting/Tank/Co2 Ratio

Hello, I am new to Co2, and I want to be sure i have a high light aquarium.

I am running a 29g standard tank with DIY Co2. My bubbles per second is at 1. My lighting is as follows:

All-glass Aquarium T8: Full-Spectrum Daylight, 8000 Kelvin daylight color temp, 17w.

Lights of America 24": 17w, additional specs below.
Incandescent Equiv.: 75 watts
Color Temperature: 7800 K Kelvin
Dimensions: 2.5" x 24"
Light Output: 1,093 lumens
Color Temperature: Grow Light
Warranty: 1 year
Replacement Bulb: F17T8/GL
Assembled in USA

I have both bulbs on top of my tank, about 3"-4" (whatever the standard hood level is). I want adequate lighting for a high light tank. I am guessing this isn't enough, so I wanted to get more lights.

What sort of advice does everyone have to offer? I am such a noob at trying to realllly care about my lights. I used to by my bulbs from petco but I'd really like to save money if I can.

If you'd like more information about the Co2 setup before answering, I posted in a different thread
at the link below.

I'd be so happy to get good information; there is so much varying stuff during my research that my head is spinning!
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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Two T8s is probably low to medium on a 29gallon tank.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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You can get 6500k CFL lights at the local hardware/garden shop. I got some 32W 1800lumin ones for 10 bucks a pop. Paired with a decent reflector you can get a good amount of light out of them. Make sure you have enough CO2 and are dosing Nutrients (Search up EI Dosing) or you will have algae problems with higher light.
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:07 AM   #4
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Thanks for the answers, and the suggested search for ferts. That is what I am currently looking into. I do have an apple snail and a bristlenose in there for far no algae.

For some reason, I was thinking that once I started to fertilize, I wouldn't get algae because my plants would out-compete the algae. Now I am confused lol.
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