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Old 01-04-2008, 08:38 PM   #1
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Question Lightbulbs for planted african cichlid tank advice...

I am upgrading my lighting from two hoods of two 20 watt bulbs to two hoods of three 65 watt power compacts. What would be the best bulb setup for a planted African cichlid tank? Here are the options of bulbs:

-plant grow
-450 nm blue/Plant Grow (it has both)
-5200k
-6700k
-10000k White
-Plant Grow/10000K White
-420nm Actinic
-450nm Blue/420nm Actinic
-450nm Bright Blue

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I was originally thinking of the 10000k white with two of the 450nm Blue/Plant grow bulbs in each hood.
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Travis wold be the best to pitch in here. He has a gorgeous planted mbuna tank. Here is a link to some pics of his tank and plants.
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Plant Grow/10000K White or GE 9325k (best) if you can find them
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It really depends on what you want to do with the tank. How big is the tank?

Do you want to go full blown planted? CO2, Ferts, High light, ect..
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My tank is 140 Gallons 60x18x30 Flatback Hex. I would love to go fully planted, but that may end up being a lot of maintenance. Right now I am having trouble installing my UV Sterlizer due to plumbing/wet dry filtration under the tank, can't imagine how I would fit the CO2 setup down there.
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