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Old 01-08-2015, 09:43 PM   #1
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PAR for DIY CF Canopy on 36 gal bowfront

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DIY canopy has reflective metallic tape and two double-sided lamp fixtures for CF spiral bulbs. Currently running three 26w CF 6500K and one LED 5500K. I have no idea what the PAR is. I'm wondering if anyone else has a similar or close to setup and what has successfully grown for them.

Tank is 36 gal bowfront, similar to 29 gal or 20 gal tall. the Hygross were grown in gravel with no fertz, but recently switched to fluorite/Eco complete mixed 30/60 with a scattering of ozmocote plus on the bare bottom. I now dose excel every other day and flourish complete once a week after 50%WC. Pic is only a week old in new tank with some new crypts and vals. No CO2

Any input on light would be great. I'm concerned it might be too much. [IMG][/IMG]
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:32 PM   #2
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You probably have around 20-30 PAR. Those bulbs don't produce nearly as much light when mounted horizontally as they do when mounted vertically, with reasonably good reflectors in each case.
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