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Old 08-05-2003, 12:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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If one was feeling adventurous--and willing to risk an electrical fire...kidding!--you could route the return wires (black) from each bulb (two per bulb) through a switch on a timer (not the same as a lamp timer). This is probably more headache than it's worth, but would certainly be far cheaper than two new PC ballasts.
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Hmmm,
I feel sorta adventurous and I'm always up for a good electrical fire. Tell me more about this set up. What kind of a switch are we talking about and what kind of a timer. I'm probably looking at a headache either way here so, if you can give me details on this I can decide which one will hurt more. Thanks for the reply.
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Well, I don't know if Pedro is out there or not but, if anyone else knows about this and cares to expound on it, I'd be willing to try. If not I'll have to get a new ballast to separate the bulbs. Again, I'm looking to run two 36 watt bulbs off the same ballast but, at different times with one on in the morning, one in the evening, and a few hours of both on for overlapping at mid day. I'd like to give this a try if it can be done. Thanks.
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Electrically you could to it with relays, but the timer idea definately would not work. This is one of those DIY things where its is better, easier, cheaper and more safe to buy the extra ballast.

On the other subject I have 6x55 over a hundred and my hygro (sunset) grows straight to the top. No stunting. I raised this subject a while ago concerning my rotala. In the end I decided it was how I was pruning and replanting instead of lights or ferts.

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James,
What pruning technique were you able to use to correct this problem for your Rotala? It's strange some strands of it do better than others in the tank with the same lighting (not shaded) same ferts. I don't know, its just growing very slowly I guess. Thanks.
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Trimming the tops(giving it a haircut) will encourage lower/horizontal growth.
In order to keep the rotala tall and straight I replant the top 2/3, discarding the roots.

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