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Old 07-28-2011, 01:15 PM   #1
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low-medium light rig help

I am looking to grow some Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis sp. "Belem"), Vals (Italian or Jungle), Cryps maybe Green and Bronze C. Wendtii, Sagittaria Subulata, and a moss maybe some Peacock moss. I am being told that all these are low-medium light plants, so I'm looking to get a lighting rig, but I'm really clueless with this stuff. I would like to have a duel light fixture and have a day tube and a night tube, on a timer if possible. Can anyone help me out?
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Dhg is closer to high light than medium light.

What size tank?
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I have a 40g breeder tank
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A dual t5ho fixture would work well, both with bulbs in the 6500-10000k range. You could either buy a fixture with moonlighting built in or retrofit a couple LEDs into a cheaper fixture. Either way you will want it on a timer if you intend to keep live plants.

Http://www.fishneedit.com have some excellent economically priced t5ho fixtures.
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I thought the HO fixtures would be too much for the rest of the plants? Im sorry I'm really new to this lighting stuff.
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No such thing as too much for the other plants. I have grown java fern and anubias under 4+ WPG of T5HO and it grew wonderfully.
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and algue wont be a problem?
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That depends on a lot of other factors. But algae will be easily manageable with a 2X T5HO on a 40b.
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Glo T5 Duel HO Linear Fixture good? What else would I need?
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Not sure on that fixture. Never used one. If it is dual t5ho you should be fine. You shouldn't need anything else lighting wise.
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