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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-07-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,

I am very new to the freshwater scene, just arriving here due to my girlfriend showing up at my house with a betta. Previously I have had reef tanks so I do have some fish keeping experience but never had a freshwater tank oddly enough. After browsing your website I decided that plants were for me but am a little lost as to where to start. Currently I have a one gallon tank with some christmas moss and java fern in it that are doing ok but Im sick of this tank and want something bigger and better. I have a cad lights 6 gallon left over from a build I never started and though that might be a good place to start.

My main question is what type of lighting would be appropriate for this size tank? I have a clip arm I was planning to use with an led that fits a normal socket so I was thinking there must be a light at homedepot that would work. Thank you
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I think the stickies and general browsing in the lighting forum would be a great place to start. I can tell you this much-if you put as much light over a planted tank as you would a reef, you'll have a sweet algae farm in no time. I myself came from reefing and made what I assume is a common mistake-way too much light. I learned the ropes quickly thanks to the fantastic knowledge base here...I'm sure you will too.

As for your tank-there are a few options. I myself think a desk lamp with a 10 Watt spiral for that size tank would be ideal, but that depends on your aesthetic preferences/etc.. Whatever you do, start with as little light as possible and increase it if you deem it necessary after a few weeks.
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26 Watts; 6500K; CFL

6500K is the closest to 6700K i've found in a CFL
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I'm running a 27 watt 5000K CFL over my 5.5 gallon tank with success. Start off with some distance between the bulb and the water surface with a shorter photoperiod (~6-8 h) and work your way up to a longer photoperiod (~12-14 h) and less distance from the water surface. Adjust as necessary as you notice algae growth or damage to your plants from excess light. Hope that helps.

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