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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-03-2011, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Need input ASAP: Too much light?

I'm in the process of breaking down a couple reef tanks, one happens to be a 30G cube that is drilled with an overflow. I have a Current 150W MH pendant that also has 2x32W PC bulbs. This was perfect over a softie reef tank, but I'm considering setting up the 30G cube as a planted tank. I have a bunch of other question eventually but at the moment I have someone interested in purchasing the light fixture.

I don't know exactly how I plan on setting up the planted tank but I know I don't want to get into dosing ferts, frequent large water changes, or frequently pruning of the plants.

Obviously I would need to swap out the bulbs at the very minimum, but should I consider keeping this light and using it in some fashion or would I be better of just selling it and finding something else later?


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I figured it out myself. Even if I did keep it, time I repurchased all the bulbs I might as well of bought a different fixture that included the proper temperature bulbs. Pendant will be offered to potential buyer. LOL
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I don't know exactly how I plan on setting up the planted tank but I know I don't want to get into dosing ferts, frequent large water changes, or frequently pruning of the plants.
This describes a low-light tank. With the pendant you would have needed ferts, CO2 and you would have been trimming constantly.

If you want a low-light tank use T8 lighting or PC.
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Thanks for the reply.

I have a Current 40W Satellite fixture that would sit over my 30G cube. Would that be enough? I also have a 40G breeder tank, so not sure which one I will setup as a FW. The 30G Cube has a beautiful custom stand already and I love the cube dimensions, but it has an overflow and I'm not sure if I should do a sump for a planted tank.
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Sump will be fine. Especially since you aren't planning to inject CO2. The only reason some don't like sumps is because of gas off of their CO2. If anything, the air/water interface will keep CO2 levels from getting even lower than normal if the tank is a heavily planted low tech.
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I read about the concerns with the sump giving off the CO2, I figured it would be even a bigger issue if I wasn't injecting CO2.

That is good news though, this is a sweet tank and stand that I hate to sell so cheaply.
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