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  1. Planted Nano Tanks
    I am starting a 2.5 gallon tank. It's a glass cylinder 9.5 inches high and 8.5 inches in diameter. The distance from the substrate to the top of the tank is 7.5 inches. I am starting with low light plants at first, but may change them out for others. For now, I will be planting Anubias Barteri...
  2. Lighting
    i m very very new to planting in tanks . so i set up a 50 gallon fresh water tank and i got 2* T8 lights 10000 k 30w each ( Sylvania Aquastar T8 F30W-174 10000K ) but i didnt have any idea whether thast light is good or not for planting freshwater plants , cos some say 10000k is not good for...
  3. Lighting
    I came across a free 2.5 gallon and I want to grow hair grass in it. I have a small LED Nat Geo light for it that gives you the option of moonlight or white light or both. I'm almost positive that's not enough to carpet dwarf hair grass so I'm looking for a cheap upgrade. I bought a 10 watt...
  4. Lighting
    The title says it all... For best plant growth; two T5 6700k bulbs or one 6700k and one Colormax? This is for my 36 Watt Aqueon 30" Dual Fixture. Reason for asking is I'm unsure if this light is adequate enough for my 20 gal long with DIY co2 and EI ferts. Having algae problems and Dwarf...
  5. Equipment
    I was wondering if its ok to run different leds (LEDs) of different wattage on the same driver, say a 5w an a 3w an 1w all adding up to the driver wattage? If i had a 10w driver can i run a 5w a 3w an 2-1w? The reason for asking is cuz i have these led set ups where u solder either 4-5 leds on...
  6. Lighting
    I have a Current USA freshwater LED PLUS fixture rated at 6500k. I have Java Fern, Anubias,Water Wisteria, and a red flame sword. They are all moderate light or lower and hardy plants. The question is , am I overdoing it with the 6500k ? What is 6500k considered? (Bright, moderate, low lit) I...
  7. Lighting
    Hi, Quick question. When looking a replacing non-integrated compact flourescent bulbs, can you increase the recommended watts at all, or would I need to change the ballast built into the tank hood? Hoping someone can help me here. I'm in the process of learning about lighting for my first...
  8. Lighting
    Hi. I'm new to this forum and am just setting up a planted tank, so I need some help finding the right lights. I found a website that seems reputable enough and it recommends having 1 watt per 2 litres for strong light that will assist in lush plant growth. So that would work out at roughly two...
  9. Lighting
    Hi, The majority of my learnings come from (thegreenmachineonline.com), and I haven't found answers to a few questions. I'm just starting a 75 gallon planted tank. From the research I have done, I have learnt the following (please correct me if some of this is false, or just completely...
  10. Lighting
    Hi everyone, Thank you in advance for understanding if this is a stupid question! I bought a Fluval Edge II 12 gallon (46l) with the 42 Led lights which basically only equals 6 watts. I have spent NUMEROUS hours trying to find a lighting mod that won't break the bank or require a DIY as I am...
  11. Lighting
    Why is it that in order to determine the level of lighting, you need to measure the watts? I hardly ever hear anything about the importance of temperature in tank lighting. Couldnt you have a 36 watt bulb, yet the temp was way off, making the bulb less effective for growing plants? I might not...
  12. Low Tech Forum
    So below i have posted a few pictures of my tank currently those were taken today 2/18/11. Now from what you see is an extra light strip i had previously before i got the eclipse 2 hood. Now my question is with the total wattage now at 68watts is it ok to use Excel as a substitute for a co2...
  13. Lighting
    Hello guys, I have a very small aquarium of only 5 gallons that I bought on petsmart a few months ago. (it is called Fluval Chi and you can google to see how it looks) Now I want to plant it with some live plants. The thing is I don't know how many watts per gallon I have. The tank comes with...
  14. Lighting
    Hi all. I recently upgraded to a 16" high 40 breeder for my two goldfish, from a 28 gallon 18" high. On the old tank I had an AH supply 55W 24" fixture. I've never dosed CO2, but I run a planted refugium on reverse cycle and I've always thought that maybe the two tanks dose eachother with CO2...
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