Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-18-2011, 06:34 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
ChristinaE12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 96
Lighting Questions.

I've been looking at PlantGeek.net for quite some time. And have an idea which plants are what. But the lighting itself is what I don't quite get.

What determines low, medium, high, etc... lighting??

I'm assuming and pretty sure I have low lighting and wondering if there is anything to help without upgrading my whole light setup. Just a bulb is pretty much fine at this point though...If that would help, at all.

I currently have an AquaGlo and PowerGlo T8 bulbs. Both brand new.

I have a few Amazon Swords and Wisteria. Neither seem to be doing very great. Which is why I'm asking these questions and wondering what else would be okay for what I have currently.
__________________

__________________
ChristinaE12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 06:39 PM   #2
come get me tang police!
 
jetajockey's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: In a swamp near you /Pensacola, FL
Posts: 12,047
PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - Updated Charts
this chart is a good reference.
__________________

__________________
Dont Forget to Join my FREE weekly Plant Giveaway.
Click Here!
jetajockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #3
member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Posts: 4,219
What size is the tank? That answer will be helpful in determining how much light you actually need, tanks under 20 and over 75 gallons have different requirements for lighting heres a link Lighting the Planted Tank | Rex's Guide to Planted Tanks
__________________
Gillie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 08:20 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
jcolon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Long Island NY
Posts: 3,470
Send a message via AIM to jcolon Send a message via Skype™ to jcolon
Quote:
Originally Posted by jetajockey View Post
PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - Updated Charts
this chart is a good reference.
I think this is a good chart to reference as you see the benefits of T8 vs T5 etc.
Let us know the size of that tank, that is critical info.
__________________
75g Planted Barbs Denison, BlackRuby, Tiger, Albino Tiger, Green Tiger, Cherry, Gold, Checkered, Odessa.
NonBarbs Cardinal, Neon, RummyNose, Bloodfin Tetras, Z. Danios. 1RTS. Amano, Bamboo, Ghost & RCS. 20g Long Shrimp Tank RCS, Tiger, Amano.
jcolon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 08:31 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
ChristinaE12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 96
It's just a 55 Gallon.
__________________
ChristinaE12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 12:40 AM   #6
member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan
Posts: 4,219
Are they 20 or 40 watt bulbs?
__________________
Gillie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 11:15 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by jetajockey View Post
PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - Updated Charts
this chart is a good reference.
+1

Also keep in mind the PAR rating is dependent on the quality of the reflectors on your specific fixture.
__________________
digitallinh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 12:59 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
ChristinaE12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 96
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gillie View Post
Are they 20 or 40 watt bulbs?
Neither. They are 15W bulbs. 18,000K which don't matter much right now.

Those are the exact bulbs.

Aquatic - Products

Aquatic - Products




These T8's seem worthless all around.
__________________
ChristinaE12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 01:06 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Sparky74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 236
Quote:
Originally Posted by jetajockey View Post
PAR vs Distance, T5, T12, PC - Updated Charts
this chart is a good reference.
I looked at that chart and realized I was simulating Mercury
__________________
Sparky74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2011, 06:08 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BBradbury's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,555
Your Lighting Question

Hello Chris...

I'm like you in my knowledge of lighting. But, if you're interested in low to moderate light plants, and there are a lot of them, all you need is to get bulbs that mimic natural sunlight or 5500 K light. 6500 K bulbs are recommended for growing most aquatic plants.

Lighting really is fairly simple if you're not planning on growing demanding plants. If you use 6500 K, T8s and have lighting in the 1 to 2 watts per gallon range, you can grow plants that require low to moderate light.

I have several 55 G tanks and grow Java fern, Anubias, Cryptocoryne, varieties of Amazon sword, Onion plant, Peace lily, Water Wisteria, Dwarf Hygro, Indian Fern, Pennywort and several others I can't recall. I use one, 6500 K, T8, 32 watt bulb in each tank.

The lights are extremely inexpensive. A pack of three 48 inch bulbs at Lowe's is about $10.00.

Again, if you're interested in a well planted tank with minimal lighting, just let me know. I'm never too busy to chat about the low light, low tech area of plant keeping.

B
__________________

__________________
"Fear not, my young apprentice. Just change the tank water."
BBradbury is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
light, lighting, plants

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: 36" HO T5 4 LAMP AQUARIUM LIGHTING SYSTEM in San Diego Luky Archive 9 09-03-2011 11:41 PM
Noob to lighting - getting ready to bring my tank to life PurpleKoolaid85 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 2 07-18-2011 06:44 PM
Light fixture questions - LED? bpeitzke General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 3 07-12-2011 07:39 PM
Switching tanks, live stock, and lighting questions.. ultimatedc Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 0 06-26-2011 12:45 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.