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Old 09-10-2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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Would adding another light cause algae problems?

Hello all,

I didn't receive any answers from my original topic Here in "Getting Started" but seeing as my question is more planted tank based, I figured I'd ask it here too!

I have a 28 gallon community tank that's lightly planted as of yet, in the tank there's some water wisteria, hornwort, rotala indica, cryptocoryne lutea, cryptocoryne spiralis, amazon chain sword, and some giant hygrophilia.

Currently, there's only one light (with two bulbs), they're T5/6,700K and I have another light that originally didn't work but does now, I don't know it's output but it does say "17W", and there's a single bulb, but it's bigger than the T5.

Since I got everything secondhand, there's no little glass shield or anything to protect the light from condensation, what should I do about that? Does the tank have enough light or should I go ahead and add the second light?

Thanks for your advice!
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T5 lights are pretty strong. Looks from the pic like your plants are getting plenty of light but that's just my opinion.

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Well as far as I know, the plants I have aren't particularly light-demanding, so I should be fine? I just have the (now working) light fixture laying around, and didn't know if I should go for it or not, but thanks!
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The extra light is most likely a T-8 bulb. You can add it if you want, but what you have should be sufficient lighting for the plants you have (as mentioned above).


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I suppose I'll keep it around as a backup light, thanks for the help!
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