Always amazed at how much light you have and yet very little (if any) algae. Impressed as always
Thanks man. For whatever reason, as long as the plants are healthy and I keep things clean, there's little algae to speak of.
Now, there's definitely some algae in the tank. A bit of dust here and there, especially if I dont wipe the front glass for 2-3 weeks. And any plants which happen to be struggling get algae on the old growth, bba, gsa, etc.
Also funny thing, whenever I uproot/replant the Lobelia, which is about every 4-6 weeks, for the first week or so the bottom leaves get some gsa or bba (hard to tell, just sorta darkish speckles) Sometimes pretty bad, but then it goes away after a couple of weeks. I used to freak out until I realized the plant could take care of itself.
Burr I like the way you measured it with the different combinations/numbers of bulbs. I should have taken the time to do that while I had the meter on hand. It looks like we are pretty close to the same PAR with all six bulbs on. You must be around 200 at the surface. And your other readings give me some idea of where I am with 2 or 4 bulbs running.
Do you run all six bulbs for the entire photo period? And if so, how long are the lights on?
Greggz, the light has two switches, one for the outer 4, and one for the inner 2.....but only one power cord.
So yeah it goes from nothing to full blast, then back to nothing. Comes on at noon, goes off at 8:30.
Coming on at noon, there's a few hours of ambient light for the livestock to wake up. So that's good, I suppose.
Ive been meaning to get in there and wire in a second power cord so two can come on then four, or vice versa, but I just havent done it yet. Im not much of an electrician but I have instructions how to do it (assuming it'll work)
Mostly laziness, but also I dont have a spare light in case something screws up. So Im a little apprehensive to try it, but...mostly laziness.
Also have two LED strip lights attached to the edges of the T5 for night viewing. They light up the tank enough to see and enjoy it, while not even registering on the PAR meter (in the water).
Had to brighten the pic up a little, this is pretty close to how it looks in person. Also there's a lot of shimmer which is pretty cool.
that's a pretty good look my friend
And Burr740, I don't know exactly how this happened, but we have started some type of bulb combo comparison think tank!!
Fine by me because I love talking bulbs!