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  1. Lighting
    Hi guys Aqua One just did a read on the output of the Aqua One PL-11w Sunlight bulb which fits the older Aquastart 500 and 320 series. They are 2 pin globes so would fit any 2 pin fitting. Super impressed that they did this work for a question over Facebook :) Posting here so others can find...
  2. Lighting
    I'm setting up my first high tech tank. Just a little 10 gallon. I got a 60 watt compact florescent in 6500K to put over it. I will be using CO2. The plants that will be in the tank are: dwarf hair grass, micranthemum monte carlo, and ludwigia sp. mini super red. I really have no experience with...
  3. Lighting
    I'm new to aquariums in general and I've done a bit of research on this but I'm having a hard time getting a straight answer. I have a 5 gallon tank with a cheap incandescent hood with a single 15 watt 6500K CFL. I know that in general this will work to grow plants but I also know that the...
  4. Lighting
    I recently bought a 10 gallon starter kit that came with a 14w 4200k Hagen Sun Glo T8 flourescent tube. I was considering upgrading to an incandescent hood with two 23w 6500k Sylvania CFLs Would the upgrade be worth it? Has anyone had any experience with that type of Slyvania bulb?
  5. DIY
    Decided to hook up a bit of CO2 for my 75. :bounce: Not sure if I actually want CO2 on this tank or not, but I have been thinking about it. So before investing in a pressurized system, I decided to hook up a bit of DIY to see if I can get a feel for how things react. Im aware of the...
  6. Lighting
    Hey Friends , im setting up a 2 feet long 15 inch high planted tank , its goin to be kind of high tech since im using a pressurized Co2 system . I am planning to grow the following plants.. Hemianthus micranthemoides Rotala macrandra Rotala rotundifolia Hydrocotyle tripartita Eleocharis...
  7. Lighting
    Hello lighting gurus, I have used threads from this site for a while now to help me solve problems and get ideas for my two low tech tanks. I must say there are some people here who know their stuff and I thank all of you in advance for help with my current situation :D. I have recently...
  8. Lighting
    My tank is a deep, tall 32 inch high, 21 inch long and 13 inch broad/wide one. It holds 143 liters or 38 gallons water. I use ADA Amazonia and riversand on either ends with glass marble divider in between. I diffuse DIY CO2 with a broom stick and every alternate day inject macro and DTPA ferts...
  9. Lighting
    A pic of my 10 gallon tank with a 10-watt and a 16-watt cfls in "Breeder" dome reflectors is below. I have thought a lot about how to mount CFLs on my tank. I started off just by getting a glass top and placing the dome reflectors on it. But when it's time to work on the tank, it's a big...
  10. For Sale/Trade
    I have two Finnex Epoch clip lights for sale. They are both black. One of them is in a sealed box and has never been used or opened. The other light has been used for two weeks. Each light comes with a 26w blue/white bulb. To sweeten the deal, I will throw in one Agrosun 32 watt 6500k bulb with...
  11. Lighting
    Hi. Looking for a way to compare PAR from CFLs, particularly 5W,10W, 13W, 16W or around there, perhaps with a reference to a T8. 10g tank, 9" from substrate. I have 1 10W CFL and my tank is being invaded by BGA and most of the plants are not growing except for Sword. Thank you in advance...
  12. Lighting
    With the new higher wattage CFL bulbs, how do I figure out the watt:gallon ratio for a 29-high? Thanks so much!
  13. Lighting
    Hi, I am currently using CFL bulbs in my 35G planted hex. I am not happy with the color of the fish but happy with the plant growth. Recently a friend told me about Coralife Colormax bulbs. I am looking at maybe using the two different bulbs the Regular Colormax Mini and the 50/50 Mini. I was...
  14. Lighting
    Hey again guys and girls. I am still confused as hell for picking lights to grow my plants, I want this set-up for my babies arrival (he's already 4 days late) I'm looking for lighting to grow the plants and have a sort of nightlight to keep baby soothed :p I cant edit the previous thread so...
  15. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I had some old 24" florescent hoods that had bad ballasts in them, so I ripped all the guts out and replaced them with 2 screw-in CFL bulbs, per hood. I used the Sylvania 6500k, 1450 lumen bulbs at a total of 4. I tried using 3 bulbs per hood, but it was getting way too hot, to the point it...
  16. Lighting
    I have my 20 long now plus my fluval plant stratum. I need to set this tank up very soon because I am running out of space to put all of my plants. I can't start selling or giving away plants until July 30 because that is when I turn 18, and then I can set up a paypal account. So for lights I...
  17. Lighting
    Hey everyone, I'll be home from college for spring break soon and I want to add some cheap lighting to my turtle tank. Here's a few pics so you'll know what I'm talking about. Full tank shot I built an above tank basking area out of egg crate light diffuser on the left side. The right side...
  18. Tank Journals
    Thanks to the petco $1 per gallon sale I picked up a 10 gallon tank for no apparent reason.:proud: Having an empty tank laying around just didn't sit right with me, so I decided to try a dirt tank. Went out and bought 3- $8 clamp lamps for my lighting. Luckily I had some left over topsoil...
  19. Lighting
    I am setting up my first legitimate planted tank and would like to know what I can expect from the lighting system I’m planning. My goal is to support a 36” x 18” x 20” (aprox 55 gallons) moderately planted tank without CO2 additions. I don’t have any particular plants in mind or lighting goals...
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