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  1. Lighting
    Hello, I'm redesigning my 55 gallon Planted tank and I need a new light. My old one provided about 1 watt per gallon and plants struggled to grow. I'm looking for support on what type of new light to buy, especially some high output fixtures. I was thinking one of these...
  2. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hi Everyone: Although I have over 30 years enjoying the aquarium hobby in my home - I am new to the technology surrounding T5HO lighting systems. Recently, my wonderful GF surprised me with a 210 gallon set-up (72"L / 24"D / 29"H) complete with a 72" T5HO light fixture. The fixture contains 8...
  3. Lighting
    http://www.aquacave.com/sunbeam-24-2-x-24w-br-t5-fixture-by-aqua-medic-2230.html Would 48W of T5 HO be enough to run over a 60-P, or 20 H? I'm kind of on the fence about my 70W MH fixture lately...
  4. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Okay, I've got this 2.5 gal nano tank in the works and I was going to plant it with low light plants since I'm on a college budget. For plants I'm thinking Elodea, Anacharis, Hornwort, or some other plant species that needs like alost zero light. I was figuring on 3 to 5 watts per gallon to...
  5. Lighting
    with 7 watts over a 1 gallon tank what would it be low or medium light?
  6. Low Tech Forum
    i know this probably gets asked a lot but i am new to this forum so here goes. i have a 29g and want to do a low tech planted aquarium. currently, i have a fluval 205 for filtration, a 100w heater, 40lbs of eco-complete and a overpowering coralife 65w x 2 lunar aqua light which puts me at 4.48...
  7. Lighting
    It has long been known that a small tank needs more watts of light for a given light intensity than a medium size tank needs, and a very large tank needs less watts of light for that intensity. This never did make sense to me. Last night, as I was trying to sleep I started working on this in...
  8. Lighting
    70 watts ok for a 30 gal tank?
  9. Lighting
    So, after buying JBJ HQI 70 watt fixtures for my 60 gallon, I decided they suck and most of the light is reflected over the tank and hardly anything goes in the actual tank. So I want to upgrade to a T-5 system. I want to hang it so I was looking at Aqua Medic and Tek light fixtures. Does...
  10. Lighting
    I've had my 26 bow running for a couple months now and I think it may be time to upgrade the lighting. Current Specs: 2x24w T5 fixture DIY CO2 with Hagen mini powerhead diffuser I dose excel, flourish, and flourish iron Growth has been minimal and many of the shorter plants have unhealthy...
  11. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I'm getting my plant shipment in tomorrow. Is there anything I should do differently with a newly planted tank compared to an established tank? I'm guessing maybe decrease the hours per day of light to cut down on algae until the plants get established. This is my first REAL planted tank and I...
  12. Lighting
    Well the title tells it all.. is 4x39W to much for a 33G tank??
  13. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Ok i already have a 55 gallon tank but one of the plants i have constantly gets picked on by my rosy barbs and it is a very nice plant. I got everything in order but i am just looking a for light that will put me at 3 wpg does anyone have any quality/not to expensive products fitting this...
  14. General Planted Tank Discussion
    Hey everyone, I acquired a tank and stand a couple of months ago and now am looking to set it up. The tank is around 48" x 18" x 24" (high). It has a built in overflow in one corner and plenty of space for a sump in the stand (no shelves). I'm really looking to go all out on this setup (well...
  15. Lighting
    I did and have been saying all day long, every day for years. I used a light meter and measured the extreme points and each point in between for several well scaped ADA aquariums at Aqua Forest today at SFBAAPS meeting. I showed the members the light values in PAR units, micromol/m^2/sec, so...
  16. Lighting
    Beginning to think I'm asking for trouble..... I have an OuterOrbit(2x150w 36") that I'm not using, and a SunPod(70w 20") on my planted tank. It looks as though a 150 ballast will fit in the SunPod housing. Ok, I reaaaaly want to just swap the ballast and lamp holder but I'm thinking I'm not...
  17. Equipment
    I'm starting up a 10 gallon I've had sitting around. More than likely it'll be a medium tech setup housing shrimp (yeah, I've been bitten by the shrimp bug :smile:). Given the fact that I've never done anything less than about 20 gallons, I'm not very good with equipment for a 10 gallon. I'm...
  18. Lighting
    I've decided to upgrade the lighting on my 29 gallon (open top/no canopy). I currently have a Coralife 65W CF but it doesn't not seem to be enough light for the all plants I'm growing. I use EI dosing with a pressurized CO2 setup and no algae issues. I'm deciding between these 2 lights: a: 30"...
  19. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 6 feet long tank and I would like to know which neons would be good to put for the lighting....I have a ballast where I can connect 3 neons of 4 feet long. Now, I'm using actinic neons, but I have a problem of algae since I been using those. My tank contains discus and various plants...
  20. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I am setting up a 10 gallon for planting, and plan on ordering the plants on Monday. Here is my dilemma: I have 2 20 watt fixtures that can be used singly or put together. At this point I do not plan on putting in a CO2 system, although a DIY one later is a possibility. I have a substrate...
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