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Old 01-07-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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Is this a good light?

For a planted tank?
I don't know much about lights


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That bulb is suitable for plants. Do you have the fixture for it? I'm assuming it's a t5 (HO? Maybe) bulb
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Sorry I don't know what you mean by fixture.

The pic shows that it is 2500 k
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Sorry I don't know what you mean by fixture.

The pic shows that it is 2500 k
The fixture is where the bulb plugs into. You can't make the light turn on unless it's in a fixture.

Kinda like a lightbulb. It doesnt light up until you screw it in.
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The pic shows that it is 2500 k
The kelvins are way too low for a planted aquarium. You need to hit the 6500K-10,000K for really healthy plants of any kind.

What kind of plants do you have or planning on getting?

What size is your tank?
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The fixture is where the bulb plugs into. You can't make the light turn on unless it's in a fixture.

Kinda like a lightbulb. It doesnt light up until you screw it in.
Oh yeah I have a fluorescent light hood. For a 20 long
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The kelvins are way too low for a planted aquarium. You need to hit the 6500K-10,000K for really healthy plants of any kind.

What kind of plants do you have or planning on getting?

What size is your tank?
My tank is a 20 long
I have java ferns and crypts, I know they are better in low lights but I'm planning to get more plants that requires more lights
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What kind of florescent light is it? You cannot just stick any bulb in it...

Sounds like you may have some more research to do regarding aquarium lighting for a planted tank

Here are some resources you may find helpful:
A beginner's guide to lighting
The most common mistake beginners make is....
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ces-83826.html
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Oh yeah I have a fluorescent light hood. For a 20 long
That doesn't tell us much. There are different hoods and light fixtures. T8 t5no t5ho.... Read the links above^^^
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