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  1. Lighting
    Hey there, I was wondering if anyone has experience/success/failures with LED screw in bulbs? I've gotten successful results using florescent spiral bulbs in the past but would like to update my set up to LEDs. Currently working with a small low tech set up, 15 tall with hanging Incandescent...
  2. Lighting
    I'm building out a low tech style tank in a Mr Aqua 22 gallon (36x12x12) and was thinking of using a pair of LED bulbs in desk lamps to light the tank. I came across these light and was curious what y'all think. I'm aware of the WPG rule but I'm not really sure that applies all that well to...
  3. Lighting
    What combinations of bulbs are people running in 4-bulb fixtures? I'm setting up a 29 gallon, high tech using DSM. So far, all I have is a carpet of glosso and some S. repens. I just received an order from aquariumplants.com today(P. ectus, A. reinickii mini, Ludwigia super red mini and L...
  4. Lighting
    Hey guys, My 20 gallon is facing a HUGE algae issue right now. The infamous BGA has taken over and it's a losing battle on my side. I believe that there are a few reasons for this but I don't have enough confidence to make any decisions yet. For one, there's most definitely excess nutrients...
  5. Michigan
    Hello, I am from Michigan the Warren area. Just wanted to say a quick hello before I ask a question and post my first post. I have read and watched many youtube videos on people converting fluorescent bulbs to LED strips that are waterproof and an LED driver to convert an aquarium hood light...
  6. Plants
    I have this plant which is a root feeder & has a brownish bulb. When I bought it at the LFS, it was fully submerged with fairly short leaves, around 2.5 inch. In the dirted tank I started recently where I planted it, its growing long shoots that reach the water surface and the leaves open and...
  7. Lighting
    Hello everyone. Here's my problem. I am starting a second tank. It will be a 10 gallon planted shrimp tank. I am on a budget and do not want to spend $100+ on a lighting fixture. I found that Aqueon sells an aquarium hood I can fit into my budget...
  8. Plants
    Just picked up a submerged Nymphaea lotus bulb from the LFS, but I'm nervous about putting it in my tank since it has some brown "fuzz" on parts of the bulb. The fuzz looks a tiny bit like BBA, but I know next to nothing about Nymphaea lotuses. Is it normal for there to be a bit of hair/fuzz on...
  9. Lighting
    With the new higher wattage CFL bulbs, how do I figure out the watt:gallon ratio for a 29-high? Thanks so much!
  10. Lighting
    I've been thinking about changing my bulb or getting new lighting and wanted to get some suggestions. Here's my current setup... 20 gallon acrylic 24Lx16Hx12W Stock Hood with a 14W GE Aqua Rays bulb - F14T8 AR FS The tank is enclosed with a 15" long opening on the top for the hood. I believe...
  11. Plants
    Last night I was doing a PWC in my 30 long planted and I noticed my crinum calamistratum was moving around a lot at the base and it typically is solidly rooted in. I barely touched it and it came loose from substrate separating itself from the bulb with just about a half of an inch of root left...
  12. Lighting
    I'm not sure if I'm using this site right. I've never joined a forum. So here's the deal. I was bought a 26 gallon bowfront kit by my family. Apparently my enthusiasm over receiving a 5 gallon for Christmas led them to this. I have 3, 5 - 6.6 gallons tank kits with some guppies and a betta and...
  13. Lighting
    hi, i bought a 24" t5 HO nova extreme today for my 10 gallon tank, but it is the saltwater version with a 10,000k and an actinic (they make a version with FW bulbs but this was a good price). anyway i want to replace the actinic and maybe the 10,000k the only bulbs i have been able to find are...
  14. Lighting
    I am preparing a 40 gallon breeder tank and trying to find the right bulbs? I purchased 2x96w compact fluorescent fixture kits as they were on clearance and I picked them up pretty cheap. Now, I am looking to buy the bulbs for them and I found 7,100K Blue bulb on clearance as well, and thought...
  15. DIY
    Okay so I have access to many 4' 4 bulb flourescent light fixtures (the ones in your kitchen). What I want to know is if I can take the light "guts" and shorten it to run at the 18" size. Do I need a special ballast to do this or just pull the old one apart and put onto my hood. Also what is the...
  16. Lighting
    Hi. I am upgrading my 1 year old tank from gravel to aqua soil and from a 15 watt flourescent bulb to a better one. I want to grow HC (dwarf baby tears) and so I will need moderate lighting. I want to keep the current basic lighting hood and just upgrade my bulb to keep costs down. Is this...
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