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is there such a thing as your light being too close to the water? i have a ten gallon(12'' tall) with 2 (14w, 5000k, 800 lumen) cfl's about 3'' from the top. not sure if its too "intense" for some of the low-light plants like nana and java fern etc. I am new to planted aquariums so i apologize if its a dumb question.
 

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thanks for the quick reply. just set this tank up yesterday and just trying to catch any newbie mistakes early if i can. i dont have any shade for these plants really. if i notice them looking bad i guess i will have to make some.
 

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yeah i dont have a hood i have two metal clamp on light fixtures that really reflect the light. Just hope i dont get algae and plants dont die. my excel will combat algae too i guess but thats a question for another thread. i am gonna build a stand and hood tomorrow and i'll raise the fixtures up a bit then.
 
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