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Old 05-24-2010, 09:18 PM   #1
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Lighting for planted freshwater 60 gallon tank

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I am new to planted tanks and have a quick question. I have a current 48 inch light fixture with two 65 watt 6700/10000 bulbs, is this enough lighting for my 60 gallon tank? The tank measurements are 48L x 15W x 17H. I really appreciate the help.

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Old 05-25-2010, 08:19 AM   #2
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Lighting is going to be more about what kind of plants you wants, rather than what kind of tank you have. Do you have an idea of the plants yet?
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:37 AM   #3
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It sounds like you're using a power compact fixture with 50/50 bulbs. The actinic side of the bulb isn't worth much to plants, so figure you've got about 65W of light. You could grow low-light plants, possibly medium-low.
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Actually those are the dual daylight bulbs, so you'd actually have closer to medium light.
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Yes, they are Sunpaq dual daylight 65 watt bulbs, 6700/10000k but I was told anything over 6800k is not good for freshwater plants. Thanks for the info
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Sorry, I wasn't aware there was such a thing as dual daylight bulbs.
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I've used those dual daylight bulbs in the past with much success. I like the mixture of 6700K and 10000K lighting, personally.
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Good to know, I hope they work as well for me
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