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Old 08-23-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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Co2, light , cichlids ? Will i ever have plants

I bought some beautiful long grass of some sort . Research shows you need co 2 in a tank to have plants . First there is the cichlids against me eating then, then I don't know if I have the correct light or not, and know three things I need co2 . I do have the correct substrate stuff for plants. Check my pictures see what u think????
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:14 AM   #2
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Mystery solved . Those are cheap under the cabinet made in china lights .
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:16 AM   #3
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AHAH! cheap Chinese lights.......(not meant to be offensive)
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:18 AM   #4
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You want lights in the 6500-10000k range for plants.
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:22 PM   #5
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6700k is the best. 10000k is just a little too much for fw plants
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:36 PM   #6
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6700k is the best. 10000k is just a little too much for fw plants
A little too much what?

K rating has very little to do with anything... I have 10,000k's on 3 of my 5 planted tanks with no noticeable difference from the ones running 6500/6700k. The spectrum is what's important, and the kelving rating has nothing to do with that. It used to be that bulbs closer to 6700k had the best spectrum for plants, but nowdays, they just slap any number on there based on what they think it looks like.
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A little too much what?

K rating has very little to do with anything... I have 10,000k's on 3 of my 5 planted tanks with no noticeable difference from the ones running 6500/6700k. The spectrum is what's important, and the kelving rating has nothing to do with that. It used to be that bulbs closer to 6700k had the best spectrum for plants, but nowdays, they just slap any number on there based on what they think it looks like.
Sorry. I'm just going by what ppl here have told me?
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I actually found another "made in china " cheap light that is for plants at Walmart that goes underneath cabinets and is 6700k , it was only eleven dollars because I didn't know if I wanted to do the play thing but it is making them look beautiful. I bought two of them . They are 75 watts but only use 17 . So far I been using those and plant food . Here's a picture.

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I actually found another "made in china " cheap light that is for plants at Walmart that goes underneath cabinets and is 6700k , it was only eleven dollars because I didn't know if I wanted to do the play thing but it is making them look beautiful. I bought two of them . They are 75 watts but only use 17 . So far I been using those and plant food . Here's a picture.

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Is this light the " light of America " brand at walmart ? Ive wanted to try these but don't know where to get replacement bulbs. Are they 24 inch bulbs or some weird size that only the company sells.
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Is this light the " light of America " brand at walmart ? Ive wanted to try these but don't know where to get replacement bulbs. Are they 24 inch bulbs or some weird size that only the company sells.
They are 24 but my local fish store has a 24 one bulb for plants , and forget replacement bulbs at eleven dollars I can by a whole new one if need be but I think Walmart sells the replacement bulbs , yes lights of America .
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