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Old 08-16-2005, 09:21 AM   #1
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which light to get ...

i have a 31 gallon tall tank and its 30" wide so theres either a 65wx1 or the 65wx2 so im looking at either 2.09 wpg to 4.1 wpg i would like to try the 4.1 but what would i need to do to make that work..? i have regular blue substrate...so i would prolly use plant tabs and liquid nutr. im not sure what do buy help...i want to plant it moderately
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You'd absolutely have to inject CO2 at 4wpg. even at 2wpg, CO2 is going to benefit the plants in a big way and help control algae.

At 4wpg I'd also ditch the blue gravel and use Eco Complete, or Flourite...whichever you like the looks of more.
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see thats ibe problem i dont want to ditch the gravel cause i like the look and cause it would be a hassle....si might just do the 2wpg but what kinda co2 to use just the hagen ..? im not much of a diy person.
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:32 PM   #4
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It sounds like you're not quite ready for a full-on super-high-light tank so I would recommend the single 65w fixture. If you think you might want to try 4 wpg later on I would recommend that you buy the double 65w fixture but only run a single bulb in it until you get the hang of things. High light is best approached gradually and, as Malkore says, with plenty of CO2
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I'm glad you mentioned that Travis. I had been looking at upgrading the lighting on my 29 gal for a while, but I had been going back and forth on whether I wanted to do 1x65 or 2x65. As such, I hated to spend the money on 1x65 only to buy another fixture later. Is that fairly standard that the fixture will function with only one bulb?
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Mine has two switches. So no problem at all.
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Great advice all around. At 2 wpg, you could spruce up that substrate with fourish tabs [ http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...N=2004+113222], or some other substrate fertilizer.

Also, I would definitely say that CO2 will benefit you at 2wpg. It might sound like a pain, but DIY CO2 is kinda fun to construct, and very satisfying when you see the results. Once you decide to go to 4wpg, then you could invest in HP injection.

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Mine has two switches. So no problem at all.
OK--I looked more closely at the lights sold on Big Al's and they have multiple switches and/or cords. It just never occured to me that that would be the case. Excellent!
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