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Old 04-15-2006, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I rummaged through the house cause I came up with an idea hehe.

I have a 10G tank lying around, heater, etc but I found an All Glass Cover that houses incandescents. I had a few Flourescent Spirals around so I replaced it. So if the package says, it runs 65Watts but uses 15Watts, then should I assume that I'm getting 30Watts (there's 2). 3Watts per gallon?

As an experiment, I planted an Amazon Sword and Vals, along with Java Moss.

I just want to see how they grow with strong light and no CO2 or Ferts.

Will this work?
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With a 10 gallon, the lighting per gallon rules break down...from what I understand. Shoot for 4.0 wpg. But anyways, it doesn't hurt too much to experiment at first. The amazon sword will likely out grow your tank if it does work though.

If it doesn't work, find a local walmart and get the Lights of America20w 6500k CF bulbs $9 for 2. That's what I'm using right now in my 10. And I'm having no problems.

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The only drawback on your set up is restrike. The coiled bulbs lose a lot of light due to it hitting other parts of the bulb.

A bit also depends on the reflector. Does the AGA hood have a reflector?
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FWIW, I ran 2*23w spiral screw-in CF over 8g, with the interior of the hood painted white, and it behanved more like "medioum high" light than "high" light. Unstable CO2 induced BBA, but it grew vertical glosso, for example.

For comparison, here's an old pic with that light. Here's 2*13w AHSupply Bright Kit pictured a few days later. Light in the sump is the same in both pics (23w spiral screw-in CF in a desklamp).

One alternative to John N's suggestion are the 13w CF 6500K Bayco worklights for ~$10 at Home Depot. They have a reflector built-in thats pretty decent, and you could probably use it to retrofit your current hood if so inclined. (It also somewhat fits front-back across a 10g, and two give somewhat decent coverage.)
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Czado Im considering getting the 2x13w retrofit kit from AHSupply also. Does the kit provide enough light to grow high light plants? I looked at your river tank archive page. Do you think you would have been able to grow a nice carpet of glosso with that lighting?
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Ownager2004, I grew somewhat vertical glosso with it, but it may have been in part a nutrient thing. The Ah Supply Bright Kit and a 20w NO (just a fixture from Home Depot) grew it nice and thick though (left side of clickabe pic). After adding the extra light I think I have enough for anything I could want.



If I did it over again I would have gotten the 36w CF kit from AH Supply instead.
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Hmm alright, i think ill go for the 36 then. Thanks
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