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Lighting a 5g tank

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I have a 5g planted tank, with stock lighting from my aquarium kit (9w compact fluorescent). I was told from my local pet store that my current light isnt good enough for live plants since it doesnt have the right UV rays. Is there a lamp I can buy at home depot or walmart to use for my tank instead? What kind of lamp do I need in it?
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that depends on the plants you want to keep. desklight with CF fixture would be fine. for low light plants you'll need about 18 watts. get the cool daylight bulb, about 6500k.


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i may be wrong but i don't see why plants would need any UV rays, considering that plants need visible light to grow. UV would fall out of the range of visible light. If you're only going to grow low light plants, 9 watts should be enough. That's about 2 wpg. I grow plants under two 14w t5's in a 20 high just fine.
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5 galon is too small to apply the watts per gallon rule. i have a 3 gallon with 13 watts growing anubias, so that's over 4 wpg.


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And I have a 12gal that I have anubias, java fern, and flame moss growing in it just fine. And this is all with just a 9w cf bulb that came with the eclipse tank. In the smaller tanks the wpg rule dont apply.

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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i just bought the 6 gallon version of that tank madfish, i love it.
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Its a great little set up IMO. I use mine for growing shrimps in it.

Whats this green fuzzy stuff thats growing in my tank.
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