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Old 05-21-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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Hello, i need some advice for my aquarium. I currently have a 30gal tank, that is 18inches high, 14 inches to the top of the substrate. I have lots of plants in it. Normally the tank has just one 36 inch long regular light fixture that came with the tank, and i have a t8 aqua-glo tube in it that is 6700k and 20 watts. I added a single t5HO fixture to the tank as well. it is 39 watts, and is also 36 inches long. It is also 6700k. this t5 is about 3 inches off the surface of the water, and im curious what sort of light im dealing with. I think i would be in the high light area, but im new to plants and lighting and need some advice from people who know about this stuff. Also, with the current lighting i have, do you think CO2 is a good idea? i currently dont have it, but if it is necessary, or even just favourable with my current light, i will definitely add a co2 system of some kind. Thanks for all the help guys.
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So you have 59 watts all together? With that I would say you have medium light. CO2 is almost always a help but not a necessity.
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okay, does it make a difference that the t5HO has a really nice reflector?
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It does up the effect of the light. You are on the high side of medium light as far as I am concerned.
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