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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2013, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Do I have enough light?

Hello,

I'm new to planted aquariums and I'm getting mine all set up.

I have a 46gal bowfront with 2 Amazon Swords, 1 Anubias and 3 Java Ferns so far. I also put in a DIY CO2 generator today.

I have a double T5 light fixture with a total wattage of 42W. I figure that puts me at right about 1W per gallon. I also have a single bulb T8 that puts out 25W that isn't set up right now. Should I add the other fixture to bump me up to 67W total, or am I good with the 42W alone?

I plan on adding more plants as I can afford them, and I want to make sure I have enough light without overdoing it.

My tank is fully cycled and I've stocked with 6 tiger barbs so far. I plan on 12 eventually but don't want to add them too fast.

Also, here's a picture of my tank so far!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2013, 04:38 AM
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If that is a Coralife T5NO light you probably have barely enough light for the plants to grow. If you add the T8 strip light you will have plenty of light.

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I WOULD ADD MORE LIGHT... I AM RUNNING 2 DUAL BULB SETUPS ON MY PLANTED 25g. THEY R CORALIFE DUAL T5 BULD FIXTURES. EACH FIXTURE HAS A CORALIFE 6700K & A ZOO MED FLURA SUN BULB & THATS PUTTING ME JUST OVER 3 WPG BUT THATS BECAUSE MY FOREGROUND PLANTS ARE "HIGH" LIGHT PLANTS. I AM ALSO RUNNING CO2 INJECTION. I HAVE HAD GREAT SUCCESS W/ THIS SETUP. I HAVE TO TRIM MOST PLANTS EVERY 2 WEEKS & SOME EVERY WEEK CAUSE THEY GROW SO FAST.
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