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I recently made the switch from reef tank to a 13 gallon freshwater planted tank and I am wondering if my old T5HO fixture is too much lighting or if I can get away with it. It does have two external ballasts that can be switched on or off allow me to run 2 or all 4 bulbs at a time. Right now I have it set up running 2 6700K, 1 10,000K and an actinic.

Edit: I forgot to add that each bulb is 24W

Plants include:
1 Anubias Barteri spp.
1 Anubias afzelii
Bunch of Vallisneria spp. (not sure the exact species)
1 Giant Hygrophilia
2 Crypt. spp. (Long leafed)
1 bunch Crypt. Wendtii Green
1 Hermianthus (I think "cuba" was sold as dwarf baby tears)
Java Fern
Java Moss

So should I tone it down to just the two 6700K or would it be better to keep it running all 4?

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Too much man. I'd run one to two bulbs depending on how high the lights above the tank are and if you're running co2 or not

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I'm running a homemade CO2 yeast reactor.I guess I will run the two 6700K then.

Now I think I am right but maybe you can correct me. The reason you don't want that much is that it will cause unwanted algae growth and the reason CO2 matters is because it will allow the plants to out compete the algae?
 
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