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Old 09-19-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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is a 15watt light enough for a 2ft tank??

as above really ive got a 1.5ft 15w t8 bulb lighting kit in my 2 ft tank. is this enough bearing in mind i have only really plants?? such as cabomba (however u spell it) and Amazon sword?

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Old 09-19-2011, 12:30 PM   #2
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Your Lighting Question

Good morning lil...

If you've got a tank between 10 and 25 gallons of volume and keep low light plants, your lighting will be fine.

Dose a little fertilizer once or twice a week and your plants will do nicely.

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Good morning lil...

If you've got a tank between 10 and 25 gallons of volume and keep low light plants, your lighting will be fine.

Dose a little fertilizer once or twice a week and your plants will do nicely.

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... The amount of lighting needed will depend on the light requirements of your plants. For a low light plant this would probably be ok, but for somthing needing medium or high light it would not. Research your plants needs and compare to your equipment. Here are a couple of links with some pretty good info.

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i know that cabomba is a high light plant so i think im gonna need to upgrade it realy it seams to go rather brown constantly.
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i know that cabomba is a high light plant so i think im gonna need to upgrade it realy it seams to go rather brown constantly.
I'm afraid so... the cabomba is a medium-to-high light plant and the swords are medium light plants. Unfortunately lighting can be expensive, but you can postpone the expense by looking into alternatives like buying fluorescent lights at a local home supply store like Lowes or Home Depot. Your WalMart may also have some available.

What you are looking for is something in the 2-3 watts per gallon range for the medium light plants. You can get bulbs at the home supply store that will encourage plant growth for a lot less than your lfs will sell them.

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i know that cabomba is a high light plant so i think im gonna need to upgrade it realy it seams to go rather brown constantly.
Well it all depends. What are your tank dimensions
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I only have 1watt per gallon with high light plants and co2 and they are perfect
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its a 2ft long tank by 1.5ft tall and 1ft wide

ive currently got 15watt aquarium t8 light

and t4 kitchen unit light under the hood.

the tank is quite heavily planted though, and im trying to avoid co2

this is the tank


that pic was acutaly taken just after i cut it all back cus it was to tall and the front plant was dying so ive cut it back in an attempt to make it grow again
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The front right plant in pic isn't aquatic and the lighting looks good to me here is my full.tank shot
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watts per gallon is irrelevant. you have some non aquatic plants in there that should be removed. I highly doubt that lighting will sustain much more than java moss/fern, anubias, and anacharis long term.
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