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Old 05-06-2005, 05:18 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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I'm going to warn you against using eco-complete. They have had issues lately with batches of it raising GH and KH significantly. Stick to SeaChem's Flourite, Onyx, or Red Sea's Flora Base. The Hagen bulbs are okay, but don't compare to the zoomeds. You can use a 15 w bulb in a 17 w hood just fine so long as it's the same size.

The Flourish Comprehensive is sometimes labeled as simply just Flourish.
Ok, cool. Thanks for the insight. Then I'm going to order the Zoo Med bulbs today, and look at which of those substrates I like the best...
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I found this bulb.
http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...853&pcid1=1843

It is 24" as opposed to 20" that would fit my tank, but both have 18" bulbs. Would it work ok with just some plastic hanging over the sides??
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Jess... The over hang will work fine, it just want look as neat.



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IMO, you'd get more bang for the same $$$ with this one http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=1843;pcid2=

In reference to the earlier post about Eco driving your hardness up, I have read reports about it, but I've never encountered the problem. Maybe it depends on your particular water conditions too....
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That is not the correct coralife 20" light to get. That link is for the one that comes with a 50/50 bulb. Make sure you get the freshwater model with a 6,700 k bulb if you get that fixture.
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I was referring to the fixture and not the bulbs. Not all of us prefer the same type of bulbs either, so it's kind of figuring out what you prefer and what works for you after you get the lights. I don't care for the 50/50's either, but it's not that they won't work with plants, they're just unappealing to many people for how they look.

I personally prefer the GE Aqua Ray's, which are 9325 K, and I don't care for the Zoo Meds, but like I said much of it is personal preference, so I'm not going to contradict your recommendation.
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That was not meant as a personal attack so I hope you didn't take it as such. I just wanted to make sure that they knew there are two types. I agree that different temps can be used, but it has been shown that actinic bulbs are not as effective in growing plants.
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Well I ordered the Zoo Meds because that's what you guys recommended. Are they going to work ok?
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Yes they work great.
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One more question... Anyone know a good place online to order plants form?
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