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Corwin
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« on: January 13, 2009, 05:04:58 PM »

Hey,

i recently tore up my 29 planted and moved all the fluorite and plants to a 10 gallon (there was not much plants left)

i have a incandescent fixture meant for 2 15 watt incandescent bulbs for this 10 gallon, however i use CFL (14 watt, equivalent to 60 incandescent watt) bulbs instead, i use the daylight ones

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100527340&N=10000003+90401+530232

are these appropriate for plant growth?

if not would either of these work:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100527355&N=10000003+90401+530232+4294920626

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100527335&N=10000003+90401+530232

if not is there a CFL that fits the screw in socket that would be appropriate for plant growth?

the plants i am trying to grow in this tank are minimal

Bacopa
Moneywort
Anacharis
JavaMoss
Crypt Wendti
another stem plant whose name i never remember, starts with a "C"



i am using "flourish" and "excel" as per the recommended dosing, and when the 'excel' runs out i will be replacing by DIY co2 with a DIY Bell Diffuser

i currently do not have Phosphate or Potassium test kits (i would have to special order them and its not worth the shipping), but i have Nitrates

my goal at the moment is more growth than death in all the plants even if by .0001%

ps: yes i know this is en extremely small tank for this kind of project ^ ^ but i am ready to give up on anything except anubias lol, this is more of a last ditch attempt that i am trying to get right.
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Markalot
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009, 05:11:51 PM »

The NVision lights worked well for me over my 10.  I now only have them over my little 5 gallon.  The daylight bulbs are a good white, the soft white (green package) are 2000K IIRC and the red bright white are 3500K.  I always liked the way 3500K made the red plants look when combined with a 6700K light, but 3500K alone will make everything look too yellow.  Out of the water though the 3500K are a nice color for the home.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009, 09:17:21 PM »

heh, ive seen the plants you grow in that 5 gal markalot, this lighting will more than do the job then XD

thanks!

i just wish they had whiter lighting this one is still too yellow for my aesthetic taste :p
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Markalot
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009, 09:25:17 PM »

heh, ive seen the plants you grow in that 5 gal markalot, this lighting will more than do the job then XD

thanks!

i just wish they had whiter lighting this one is still too yellow for my aesthetic taste :p

Yea that's tough since those lights are designed for 'normal' use.   Look at all the daylight options available at Home Depot, Lowes, and Walmart.  You might find some that have a higher temp, but 6500K is the highest I've seen in CF.  Also be sure to check out Big Lots, they sometimes have older CF bulbs in odd color temps.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2009, 11:42:13 AM »

Markalot, that is some really good advice. You just saved me a lot of trial and error trying to find a CF light bulb for my little 2.5 planted nano tank. I've gone through 3 Expensive mini power compact light fixtures and have just resorted to using a clamp lamp with a CF bulb in it, but wanted to make sure to get a decent spectrum bulb for the plants. Smiley

Thanks!! Smiley
~Lori



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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009, 02:42:17 AM »

good luck and keep us posted!!! i just started a 10 gallon planted tank in my bed room Wink i started with 1 tank and now i have 3 planted tank, haha MTS =)
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