The spiral CFLs you use in house fixtures? If so, no, that would be perfect for a low tech tank. Just make sure the spectrum is between 5000K and 6500K for best results. I use shop lights with those types of bulbs as well.
i dont think so. try it out and see how it goes. you will know if you have too much light if algae starts growing all over the place within a window of a week. if that happens, no biggie, turn down the lights, turn on the lights for shorter period of time, move the light further away, or put a glass lid to cut the light power by 50%. find your balance.Hi All
I have a 55 Gallon planted tank.
I would like to know if 3 CFL 11watt white light bulbs are too much for the plants?
you must have some pretty dirty glass..or put a glass lid to cut the light power by 50%
Freemanana, (not get off topic, but)this is a beautiful tank, don't know if I had mentioned it before. Is that right 75G? Do you use CO2 and if so, are you just diffusing it into the tank from one location?I'd stick with 10-13w lights unless you are very heavily planted. I used 3x13w CFLs in 10.25" shop lights over my 75g until my vals completely took over. I then upgraded to 23w CFLs. But if you have less plants than this:
I'd stick with 13w for now. You'll just end up with algae if you put too much light on a tank without enough plant mass. Side note, if they are vertical vs. horizontally mounted makes a HUGE difference in the light output of CFLs.