Well....I was merely going off what I read about 2.5-3 watts per gallon. I'm all ears for what I need to be doingIn a 39gal. 4 T5's will be way to much light with only DIY co2. do you plan to use ferts?
Well... maybe.In a 39gal. 4 T5's will be way to much light with only DIY co2.
WPG "rules" really only apply to the "older" T8 and CFL technology. The newer T5 and T5HO technologies are vastly more efficient at converting wattage into usable light, and also the fixtures themselves tend to maximize directing light down into the tank... so less is more.Well....I was merely going off what I read about 2.5-3 watts per gallon. I'm all ears for what I need to be doing
Thanks! I'm happy to hear that because I'd much rather only pay for one fixture. They're T5NO and I will have a nice reflector...havn't finalized how I'm going to do it yet though. As far as height from tank I was hoping to have it at least 10 inches....I'm sure I'll have to play with it to get it just right.WPG "rules" really only apply to the "older" T8 and CFL technology. The newer T5 and T5HO technologies are vastly more efficient at converting wattage into usable light, and also the fixtures themselves tend to maximize directing light down into the tank... so less is more.
If you want to stick with DIY CO2 rather than going with pressurized, I'd go with 2 rows of T5NOs with good reflectors behind them.
If you plan to upgrade to pressurized CO2, then you could upgrade to T5HOs and add up to 4 rows total of T5HO.
Or you could stick with 2 rows T5HOs and DIY CO2, as long as the fixture is raised up at least 12-18" up off the surface of the tank.
Thanks! Is spectrum purely aesthetics based? I seemed to have picked that up while reading around the forum. I'll have basics setup tomorrow and I'll probably get the tank cycled and setup while I'm gathering funds and time to build the light. Hopefully this weekend I can get alot done!That should work well, then, since you'll be able to play with the height and get it just right.
I'd space the bulbs at least 2" apart inside the "fixture" to maximize back-to-front light coverage across the bottom of your tank.
For the most part. Most bulbs in the 5000-10,000 k range will support FW photosynthesis, as well as several bulbs outside that range.Is spectrum purely aesthetics based? I seemed to have picked that up while reading around the forum.
Well good morning my little rae of sunshine ....Apparently you didn't notice when you came home that it is already setup and cycling in the office. Now go get me some T5's!!! :angryfirewell hello there partner in crime. The tanks looking awesome, good job. Now lets get things flowing by adding the fluorite and setting up everything else.
lol....I'd like to think we could come to a nice collaborative agreement as far as the scaping goes. I however, have been in this hobby for almost my entire life so I'm assuming I'll lead the way. But she is very good at design and hopefully can add some nice perspective to it. I just informed her I was switching my brackish tank to a planted tank and she wanted to help out. So I'm very happy to help her through it and hopefully she gets as much excitement from this hobby as I do and then I'll have a partner in crime. I mean...I'd have a tank in ever corner of my house if I could....so I think she's taking a positive approach to my excessive aquarium obsession. Plus I have a 90 gallon in my basement so I have my fingers crossed she gets hooked :wink::wink::wink:Well, aren't you two just disgustingly adorable, haha...
Good luck with the new toy - some of us out here wish our partners had as much interest in our hobby as you two. I'm lucky enough that my wife just grins and bears it, haha...
The question remains, though: Who has the final word on the scape? (cue ominous music)