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Old 04-12-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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Just look oh no

Ok I just flipped my light over and its not a double its a single will I still be able to grow low light for right now until I can upgrade
The bulb is a 28 watt 10kk with a reflective background..... please tell me I'm good
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What size tank is it?

What kind of bulb is it (T-8, T-5)?
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:59 PM   #4
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:00 PM   #5
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hmmm, that is not a lot of light. I think you might get away with some of the extremely low light plants, but not much more. Even for a low light tank, I would want about double that amount of light.
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Yeah I thought it was a double
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:07 PM   #7
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Anything I can do till I upgrade
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Depends, what plants do you have?

Light is the most important aspect of a planted tank... without the proper light there is not much you can do.
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The moss, the java fern, and the crypt might survive under the light... they won't grow much.

The riccia (crystalwort) probably won't live unless you let it float so it is right under the light.
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Yeah its floating like 1 inch from the light
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It will be ok like that probably. The problem with that is though it will block light to your other plants. If you decide you like having a planted tank, an upgrade of the lighting in the near future would be a good idea.
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Yeah I'm going to get one on ebay its a t5-ho 4x54 watt for $108 with free shipping
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Wow, that will be quite the upgrade.

At that level, you are going to have to start thinking about fertilizer and CO2 injection.
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Everyone talks about co2 how does that work is it a system and how much
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For a 55gal tank, you are going to have to go with a pressurized CO2 system. It involves a regulator and a co2 tank, and some method of diffusing the co2 into the aquarium. A good regulator will cost about $90 + the cost of the CO2 tank.

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How much are tanks
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Depends on a lot of factors... namely size. It also depends where you buy it, whether it is new or used, a loaner or you own it, etc. You can generally find a new 5lb for somewhere around $50-70 I think.
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Is it necessary or can u just use a sweet light and fert.
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With that much light, it will be necessary... without it you will have a nice crop of algae... and not so healthy plants.
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