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Keep what you have, just use 6500K bulbs instead. 6 85.71%
You need to get something smaller. 1 14.29%
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:11 AM   #1
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What kind of lighting?

Well I have heard mixed opinions on lighting so far.

Should I keep the lighting I have? And just get 6500K bulbs instead?

It would be 72 watts, just under 3 WPG, but pretty close to 3 WPG I think.


Or should I get something smaller????


I would love to be able to use this current lighting if at all possible.
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:15 AM   #2
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What's in your tank?

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Old 08-15-2005, 11:16 AM   #3
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Nothing right now, eventually will be planted plants.
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Old 08-15-2005, 01:04 PM   #4
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If you stick with the lighting you have it will be fine for low to medium light FW plants..
http://www.plantgeek.net/plantguide.php
the lighting figures are for NO bulbs (the rule is old) you have CF lighting so you dont need quite as much of it for the same effect.. HTH
by the way.. the 10,000K will grow FW plants fine.. :P
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I am about to purchase a light fixture for a 55g that I am hoping to grow plants in eventually. What is the cheapest solution I have lighting wise?
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Old 08-15-2005, 03:06 PM   #6
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OK I will stick with what I have.

Wont 10000K look too "Saltwater"?

I read somewhere that Actinic is a big no-no for FW. Should I at least replace this? Have one 6500K and one 10000K or should I just do all 6500K?
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I read somewhere that Actinic is a big no-no for FW.
You probably saw it in your other thread when this subject first came up. I recommended ditching the actinic for an additional CF. All 6,500K is fine.
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Old 08-15-2005, 04:26 PM   #8
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Why is it a no-no?

Why should I NOT use 10,000K?

Would it look funky?
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:55 PM   #9
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Wont 10000K look too "Saltwater"?
I don't think so. It will look more white, whereas 6500K will look more yellow. It's really up to you to decide how you want it to look.

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I read somewhere that Actinic is a big no-no for FW. Should I at least replace this? Have one 6500K and one 10000K or should I just do all 6500K?
Well, I use a 50/50 bulb (10000K and actinic) with my planted tank because the bulb came with the strip light and I can't afford to replace it right now. It won't do anything bad, it just won't be beneficial to your plants.
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Old 08-15-2005, 07:57 PM   #10
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Ahhh.... So I do need to get 6500.... Because its better for plants.

Thanks.
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