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Old 03-16-2009, 10:58 PM   #21 (permalink)
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they are T5 28 watts. 3 of them will be more than enough. Using 1 for a noon burst like mentioned in the previous post. The bulbs that come with them are made for freshwater plants. So stick with them until their life runs out.
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Hmm, so with those I'd have 84 watts...but it was suggested I have at least 110. Am I missing something? (Sorry, this is really confusing to me )
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:55 AM   #23 (permalink)
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dj2606, what makes you think that 84 watts would be enough?
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
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dj2606, what makes you think that 84 watts would be enough?
I don't think it will be enough, which is why i recommended 3 light fixtures of 168 watts. Each fixture is 2 T5 bulbs (which IMO are better than using T8's) at 28 watts each ( 2x28watts=56watts, 56wattsx3=128watts). Using 2 fixtures for the entire photo period (112 watts/50gallons=2.23wpg) and the third for a noon burst (168 watts/50gallons=3.36wpg) to prevent algae blooms that occur with newly setup aquariums.


Not sure where you got 84watts but using a range of 112-168 (2.23wpg-3.36wpg) will be more than enough and he will not be limited on plants. To me it makes more sense spending approximately $370 for EVERYTHING (pressurized Co2, lighting, substrate, diffuser) than spending $123.99-$238.81 on lighting alone. But it is his choice, this is just my $.02.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:25 PM   #25 (permalink)
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http://www.bigalsonline.com/StoreCat...Type=0&offset=


The Coralife F/W Aqualight T-5 is a double lamp fixture ideal for freshwater and planted aquariums. Includes one Colormax Full Spectrum and one 6700K T-5 (5/8 diameter) fluorescent lamp. Features an on/off switch, a built in electronic ballast, sleek black aluminum housing, a highly polished reflector, acrylic lens cover and adjustable width tank mounts. T-5 lamps are 28 watts each.


This is the description at the bottom of page. " T-5 lamps are 28 watts each." Not sure where you guys got the T8's from. The colormax full spectrum is 28 watts also.
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What confused me was the fact that they said "one Colormax Full Spectrum and one 6700K T-5 (5/8 diameter) fluorescent lamp."

To me, that means there aren't two 28 watt bulbs, but rather one 28 watt bulb and a "Colormax Full Spectrum" (which I don't know what that is/ how many watts it has.)

I'm just confused what that "Colormax Full Spectrum" is. From what dj2606 said, it sounds like it's the same as the other T5 bulb in there.

Is this the case? Sorry about the confusion...
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Old 03-17-2009, 06:01 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Yes the colormax is a T5 with 28 watts, with 10000k. So for each fixture one bulb is 6700k 28watts and the other is 10000k 28watts. It is better to give a range of spectrum for the plants. In the link I posted from aquatic eden explains this.

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http://www.aquatic-eden.com/2007/12/...-aquarium.html

It is important to understand the equipment you are using in order to better benefit the plants. The articles I posted before will help as a starting point. You should read them.
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Ah, thanks!
And I will read those right now.
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Light $143.97: http://www.bigalsonline.com/StoreCat...Type=0&offset=

Lid $?: http://www.petsolutions.com/Default....temID=15929016

Substrate $19.99:http://www.bigalsonline.com/StoreCat...Type=0&offset=

CO2 $90: craigslist

Diffuser $30?: Greenleaf

This is just a rough outline of what I need. What should I do about the lids? I don't know which size to get or which company to get them from. Any suggestions? Also, where can I get CO2 resistant tubing?

Edit: Also, some of those articles mention fertilizers. Do I really need them?
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Any ideas on the lids/hoods/canopies?

Where do I get CO2 resistant tubing?

Do I really need fertilizer?
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