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Hey,

First of all I have to say that you´ve had great succes with the 23 Watt CFL´s. Your aquarium really looks good.

A friend of mine is about to start an aquarium that holds 54 litres. The dimensions are 60 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm. He also owns two IKEA TERTIAL desk lamps and is wondering how many watts he should use. He will be using pressurized CO2, ADA aqua soil and fertilization according to the EI method. Would you recommend to use 23 Watt CFL´s as well? Or perhaps less? The reason he would like to use CFL's is because they're extremely cheap and seem to work well according to this thread. I'd love to help him out with this.

I look forward to your response.
 

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Hey,

First of all I have to say that you´ve had great succes with the 23 Watt CFL´s. Your aquarium really looks good.

A friend of mine is about to start an aquarium that holds 54 litres. The dimensions are 60 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm. He also owns two IKEA TERTIAL desk lamps and is wondering how many watts he should use. He will be using pressurized CO2, ADA aqua soil and fertilization according to the EI method. Would you recommend to use 23 Watt CFL´s as well? Or perhaps less? The reason he would like to use CFL's is because they're extremely cheap and seem to work well according to this thread. I'd love to help him out with this.

I look forward to your response.

Thanks Joost!

The height is around 15inch from the substrate and I use (2) 23W 6500K bulbs. Tell him to use bulbs that doesn't stick out of the dome reflectors, there are 42w that fit but I think that is too much. You can decrease the height of the light if you need more light.

I used EI in the past, it should work for him. I'm using Seachem's AquaVitro for all my tanks now though.

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Here is some old pictures I found. If he can save up and use leds, I think it would be a lot better. I went with MicMol's AquaMini and it's much better than CFL. Oh and thanks for posting, I found an old video of the tank that I thought I lost. It's a video of the tank with CFL, I been looking forever for it.

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Man I should really jump on the opportunity for some of that Rotala. Looking for something to grow out of the back of my tank.

Loved this tank and how you made it work with CFL's. No need for fancy LED's.
How the weather like in Alberta? It's freezing cold here in Toronto, maybe when the weather is warmer, you can have the stems for free. It's a super fast grower, great plant under any condition.

Thanks to Joost, I found these two clips of the tank way way way back in the day.

How does one embed youtube clips?

ADA 60P MicMol AquaMini

https://www.youtube.com/embed/0QE6MF6Id84

ADA 60P HC Cuba carpet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR46138obH8
 

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How the weather like in Alberta? It's freezing cold here in Toronto, maybe when the weather is warmer, you can have the stems for free. It's a super fast grower, great plant under any condition.

Thanks to Joost, I found these two clips of the tank way way way back in the day.

How does one embed youtube clips?

ADA 60P MicMol AquaMini

https://www.youtube.com/embed/0QE6MF6Id84

ADA 60P HC Cuba carpet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR46138obH8
Great videos!

Weather varies, it was freezing a couple days ago (-20 ish?), but today it's roughly around 0.

I appreciate the offer man, that'd be awesome!
 

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That tank looks beautiful! Looks insanely healthy, nicely done. I also really like the desk lamps. Makes me want to paint my clip lamp lights matte black. :D

I'm up in Sudbury, could I snag a couple stems? Would add some nice variety to my tank. I only have a 10g (tall), so wouldn't want too many (3-4?). :) I'd pay for any shipping, somehow.
 

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A definite inspiration, beautiful tank! I am currently planning a 20L, no filter, probably no heater, pressurized CO2 and two 27W CFLs. I came looking for answers if this would work and i certainly found it!

EDIT: I also forgot to mention I'm planning to do a dirted substrate, fingers crossed I don't get too cross with the mess i hear it makes sometimes
 

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Great videos!

I appreciate the offer man, that'd be awesome!
I'm up in Sudbury, could I snag a couple stems? Would add some nice variety to my tank. I only have a 10g (tall), so wouldn't want too many (3-4?). :) I'd pay for any shipping, somehow.
A definite inspiration, beautiful tank! I am currently planning a 20L, no filter, probably no heater, pressurized CO2 and two 27W CFLs. I came looking for answers if this would work and i certainly found it!

EDIT: I also forgot to mention I'm planning to do a dirted substrate, fingers crossed I don't get too cross with the mess i hear it makes sometimes
Yes to the Rotala stems, I'll ROAK it. Do you guys have a high tech set up? I can toss in some other plants, just plant them in dirt if you don't have a high light tank.

@fish_fasinated: I hear HC Cuba enjoys cooler water, let me know how the no heater works out. I'm going try to cut back the heat, what temperature are you getting in your tank?
 
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