I'm not much good at DIY
projects, which is why I bought a Hagen CO2
I have the Coralife Mini Aqualight over my 5 (actually 5.5) gallon tanks. I'm only using one tube on each tank, for 9 watts over 5 gallons. I've got lots of algae, and hopefully the Hagen system will kick in soon. I tried both Aqualights - the 6700K and the 10000K. The 10000K grew more algae than the 6700K. The closer you get to the blue spectrum, the more algae you'll get, as I'm sure you know.
I saw a conversion somewhere that said the PC
lights have more lumens than their NO
counterparts, and that's why the wpg
rule breaks down a bit for PC
lights. For example, I thought I was getting 1.8 wpg
with my light, and I wouldn't need CO2
. But with the conversion table I saw somewhere (still can't find it) I realized I was at about 2.5wpg with my 9-watt PC
tube and definitely needed CO2
I think I would try one or two bookworm lights. I think I saw them recently on DrsFosterSmith.com.
A 25 watt heater is fine - I use one on my 2 gallon Minibow QT
tank. I use the Visitherm Deluxe, the older, glass one. The Visitherm Stealth is too big. I use that one in my 5 gallon tanks.