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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-04-2014, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys inhave a 30 gallon planted tank with an Amazon sword Vals and Ludwigia I put in about 10 DIY Osmocote root tabs in and the plants are not doing too well the ludwigia looks like palm trees no leaves at the bottom the sword is yellowing anf the vals are ok I guess I am running a 14000 k bulb I know this is not the right bulb I picked it out when I was a noob I went to het a bulb between 4100k and 6700k at my lfs but they have 2700k or like 18000k bulbs. Then I went to Home depot to get the flourescent lights and they only had 36 inch t8s that were like 3000k what should I do?
Oh BTW I have Eco Complete in this tank.
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I put the tabs in because the plants were not doing great they did NOT make my plants go bad

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I'm guessing your fixture is a standard t8?


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Yes I run cfls in my other one but cant really for this I can not find 4100k to 6700k bulbs at my lfs but I quickly glanced at petsmart they might have it their idk what if they do ot though I need this bulb in less than one week because I have plans

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 04:07 AM
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Smile Use led lighting!

Ok so I know waaay too much about this topic. Not to be lame, i simply just do.
I have gone the route of Halogen, Incandescent, T5, CF, CF Dual Tube- just to name a few.
When I bought a Par meter, my life as I knew it was forever changed. I will post a link on where to get ~the most fantastic and inexpensive (about 50$ for 48") insanely bright 1 watt cree bulbs with 120 degree lenses guaranteed for 3 years~ Oh and the led bars are waterproof with wireless dimmers.
Regardless of that, my point is, dont get what you will regret because you think you need and furthermore if you are able to solder things (I know, its a challenging trade) jump on Amazon or Ebay and search for 1 watt or 3 watt LEDs and a proper power source. You know the light spectrum drill, find the LEDs and a length of 2 by 4 (paint it metallic on the bottom) glue in the lights and coat the sucker in silicone, a couple clean layers of clear works better than 1 messy long glob. The lil lights should take about 2 weeks to arrive (and about 50-95 cents a pop from China). Be the Martha Stewart of tank lighting on your block and everyone will bow to the luminescent abundance burning threw your windows in the evening. Oh, and you can get the shimmer effect just like HO metal halide too. I will post that link for the led bars soon if you rather not be Martha.
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how many PAR are the lights? how long have the root tabs been there? is there any co2? what is the substrate? is there an excessive amount of algae? how many water changes do you do? are you dosing any liquid ferts or dry ferts also?

there are a lot more questions that need to be answered to figure this out.

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