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Old 08-10-2004, 11:34 AM   #1
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ten gallon lighting woes.


Im stuck on what lighting i should use for my new ten gallon show tank that will be in my bathroom, money currently isnt an issue. Should i go with 1x36watt? 2x13 watt? or 1x36watt in the front, and 1x13watt in the rear. hopefully this would add a slight sense of depth to the tank also. im unsure of what plants i will be growing in here. anyways any ideas would be appreciated. thanks!

On a similar note, ive noticed the plants in my 20 long to pull towards my 55watt CF light, should i add a standard flourescent fixture along with the 55watt bulb? or should i raise the light into a canopy and add another 36 or 55 watt CF bulb?
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Old 08-10-2004, 12:48 PM   #2
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A 1x36 watt with a custom glass top (no hinge to block light) would be fine.
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i'd say 36
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Stick with a single 36W and you should be fine. It'll be pretty bright, so that the 13W that you're thinking about won't make a difference, and won't be needed.

As for your other tank, the reason why the plants are reaching to the 55W is because they're not getting enough light where they are at. They're just growing in the direction of the light. What you can do is to plant the ones which require/need more light underneath the PC and the lower light required ones in the areas which gets less light.
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im going to order 2x36watt lights, and two ballasts, use one 36 watt on my ten gallon, and one on my 20long in the front, im wanting a carpet plant in my 10 gallon also, wouldnt i need to have lots of light for such a small tank?
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The 36W in the 10 is sufficient and will grow just about anything that you put in there, including any foreground plants (e.g. E. parvulus).

With that amount of light, I hope that you are using CO2 (Hagen CO2 system is great for that size), and working on a fertilizer routine.
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Using co2 and dosing ferts as needed. im putting the co2 line directly into my HOB filter intake - would a hagen ladder be better? Also i have plantex CSM+B.
What nutrients will this supply?
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The Hagen ladder will definitely be better (better dissolution).

As for what's in CSM+B:
Iron
Manganese
Magnesium
Zinc
Copper
Molybdenum
Boron
Cobalt
Sulfur
Nitrogen
Potassium

The above is what you're adding in if you're mixing the CSM+B w/the other ingredients to make a PMM solution. If you're not, then remove the last three (sulfur, nitrogen, potassium). If you're only adding CSM+B by itself, then you're basically just adding a trace mix.
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