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Old 10-22-2013, 03:07 AM   #1
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Just wondering what sort of light I'm getting in my tank

Roughly 16in from light to substrate
1x T8 Power-Glo 3ft Fluorescent tube - 18000K
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Low light. Also, if you are intending to grow plants I would look at buying something closer to a 6500k temp range.
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Low light for sure.

Check out the 2nd chart on this link:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...05#post1038305
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Low light for sure.

Check out the 2nd chart on this link:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...05#post1038305
This puts a fair bit in perspective thanks. Also explains why my stem plants struggle until they get close to the top. Bit confused why my sword is doing well though.

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Swords are low light tolerant plants. So are crypts, anubias, and moss. Either switch to all low light plants or upgrade the lighting if you're trying to grow more light demanding plants.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:23 AM   #6
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I do plan on upgrading lighting when I have the money (always seems to be the case).

In the meantime, is my lighting schedule going to make a huge difference plant or algae growth, with the wrong spectrum?

Plants:
Water wisteria
Amazon Swords
"Creeping Jenny" - possibly moneywort, haven't been able to get a definite ID
Cardamine
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I do plan on upgrading lighting when I have the money (always seems to be the case).

In the meantime, is my lighting schedule going to make a huge difference plant or algae growth, with the wrong spectrum?

Plants:
Water wisteria
Amazon Swords
"Creeping Jenny" - possibly moneywort, haven't been able to get a definite ID
Cardamine
While plants can use a little of the high blue light from that bulbs, algae can actually use it better.
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