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Old 02-24-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Question Can someone confirm my wattage

I'm new. I bought a 36" Nova Extreme T5HO light fixture. Specs say it's 2x39watt, with a 10,000K bulb and a 'Freshwater' bulb. I have a 40g breeder tank, 36"longx17"highx18"deep. Am I getting 78 watts total-1.95 watts per gallon? Is that considered high, medium or low lighting? I am getting some dwarf baby tears, anubias(barteri v nana, and frazeri), Red myrio, and bacopa australis. Is my lighting sufficient?
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Also...is my wattage limited by the bulbs or the fixture? Can I buy higher wattage bulbs?
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You can't add a different wattage, youre stuck with the 2 x 39's.
Most if not all 36 inch fixtures will be the same wattage, 39watts. You could go with a 4 bulb setup though.....
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Do you recommend a 4 bulb set-up for my tank?
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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Depends on what you want to keep. I am only versed in saltwater pretty much but I'm sure someone in FW can answer definitively.

If you do go with another fixture, fish need it;lights; food;Sponge has a decent fixture for not a lot of money. I have one myself, good quality.
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Depends on what you want to put into the tank. I'm not familiar with some of the plants you listed, but if you use the old watts-per-gallon rating, then you currently have low level lighting. Thats fine for the anubias and other low-light plants, but if you have plants requiring more, then you will either need to add another fixture or upgrade to one larger fixture.
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2x39w on a 40b is really pushing it on needing pressurized co2 and ferts IME. 4x39w is really hard to control until you get th right balance. I grew all kinds of plants in my 40b with a 2x39w. Once I switched to 4x39w, I grew algae with no problem. The plants grew too, and I eventually found a balance that worked well for me. I'd stick with the 2x39w until you're ready for a high tech tank.
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