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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-30-2005, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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35w over 5.5g.. OK w/ just excel?

Figuring out the lighting has been driving me mad!

I am finally planning on putting the 2x18w 12" coralife over my 5.5g
http://www.hellolights.com/12aq2.html (switched with 6700k bulbs).

Can I get away with just using excel as the carbon source?

Also, same question applies for 18w over 4g... (prob the mini coralife)
I want a carpet of HC, that is all I know for sure at this point.

thx!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-30-2005, 07:02 PM
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If that's for a carpet of hc you won't need that much. And yes you can have 35 watts over a 5.5g as long as its not right on the surface, try a 6" lift. 18w over a 4g is fine. You can use only excel with these options. People might have different opinions though, that works for me. I have 26 watts over a 5g with excel once a week, 18w over a 2.5g with excel once a week, and 19w over a 1g with excel once a week.
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thx for the assurance, your tanks are very inspirational for what im tying to do!
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how much excel do you dose on those two tanks?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2005, 12:23 AM
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I usually does double the tank size, so I dose enough for a 10g in my 5g and enoguh for a 5g in my 2.5g.
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