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Hello all...I am new to this site and planted tanks in general. I've had my 10 gal up and running for about 3 years now. when i decided to get into plants I switched out my gravel substrate for Eco complete and set up a DIY CO2. Plants in there now are java fern, crypt wendtii(i believe), and an unknown type of fern stem plant. My old hood had two 5100K screw in CF bulbs. Thinking the plants weren't getting the right kind of light i went out and purchased a single tube fluorescent fixture which has a 15W aqua-glo installed.

ive read that with such a small tank that the general wpg rule doesn't necessarily apply but ive also read treads that says that the rule does still apply. so im a little confused....

i would like to be able to grow HC, i just love the carpet look it gives. that being said did i make the wrong choice by switching out my lights? would i benefit from hooking up one of my old lights along with the aqua-glo to give me more wpg?

ive searched older threads but i couldnt find the answer i was looking for....

sorry if this seems like a stupid question, trying to learn so bear with me. thank in advance for any input.
 

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There is a very good Sticky about spiral screw-in PC's.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/lighting/85667-par-data-spiral-power-saver-bulbs.html

AHSupply has a 36w PC kit with a great reflector that will fit inside a regular fluorescent fixture. You can grow just about anything with this DIY kit. You do need to stay on top of your CO2 and nutrients though. The straight pin 36w bulbs are sold separately, but the kit includes all you need. I've used one and I know that it works great.
Item # 30361: http://ahsupply.com/36-55w.htm
5500K, 6700K, 10,000K plant 36w bulbs: http://www.ahsupply.com/bulbs.htm
 

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Thanks for the info! Now if I can just return the hood and bulb I just bought. Since it looks like I spent the $$ for nothing...otherwise I'll have to wait a few weeks.
 
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