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Old 11-21-2004, 01:20 AM   #1
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Ligthing...Mini lights from coralife

Has anyone ever used these lights :

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2004+113030

Im wondering if they would be any good for some plants for a freshwater aquarium.

I understand they only give 1.8 wpg.

I'm considering turning my 10 gallon into a planted...


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Old 11-21-2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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The watt per gallon rule is not very accurate for smaller tanks. I would suggest a bit more light than that.
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Old 11-22-2004, 10:54 AM   #3
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the shape of the bulbs don't allow all the light to make it in the tank. double up on wattage when using those, especially on a smaller tank.
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Old 11-22-2004, 01:42 PM   #4
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If the actinic bulb is blue (i think it is?) it will promote algae growth and won't contribute to plant growth. BUT i'm not sure if that bulb is for sure blue, just a warning!
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Old 11-22-2004, 02:17 PM   #5
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get teh Mini-Freshwater Aqualight to ensure you have plant bulbs and no actinic's
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:47 PM   #6
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I have used the mini-freshwater aqualight on a 5.5 gallon for six months. I'm growing dwarf hairgrass in it and it is doing very well. I don't think it would be enough for a ten gallon though. Coralife "aqualights" come in a 20" size that works well, gives off 28 watts. They don't cost that much more than the mini, though the only place I've found to buy them online is BigAl's.

tinytanks are cool though. I'm starting a new brackish one with the mini, filled with lilaeopsis brasilensis...
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:51 PM   #7
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This is what im going to be useing for my 10 gal when i start planting it. (Dont know if the link will work lol)

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=1843;pcid2=
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:31 AM   #8
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www.hellolights.com sells the 1x28w freshwater light
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:52 PM   #9
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Newbeneedshelp: is this you one you meant? It comes with a 6700 bulb instead of actinic.

http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...d1=1843;pcid2=

PS, I have my eye in this one too.

edit: 24in 65 watt also seems a little big (wattage and length) for a 10gal.
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http://www.hellolights.com/24daybulbs.html

ok explain this to me....how is it that you can find 20W search and search and search for something over 20 and then there's 75W and how is 75W the next highest thing for 24" so confused. I'm sure there is something I don't get.
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