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Old 05-20-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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In another form some folks suggested I do this.... get rid of my marineland reef led and replace it with a duel T5HO. My current light set up is the marineland reef led and a glo fixture (2 T5HO bulbs) I want my tank to be in the upper end of medium. What do you think?
It is a 40 gallon high.
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what size tank, what wattage of T5HOs?
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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They are each 39 Watt 5000k
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:33 PM   #4
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You are running 78W of T5HO AND a reef LED on a 40g? I would call that high light.
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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Yes on a 40 gallon. Another person told me it was low light or just bairly medium. It is good to hear you think it is high light. What light rating would it be if I just had the reef leds?
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I don't know, it depends on the specs of the LEDs. But 2WPG of T5HO plus a light that is reef capable is definitely not low light or barely medium.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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There are 36 1watt 10000k and 6 blue leds. Over a space of 36 inches
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:31 PM   #8
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I would call just the LED probably low light to medium low. With both fixtures, it is high light.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:42 PM   #9
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I don't mean to second guess you but isn't the wpg rule a bad way to meashure light?
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Not with T5HO on standard sized tanks. That's about the only time it works... between 30-55g tanks is where it works IMO
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Ok. I knew it does not work on small tanks, and I was not sure if I had a 'small tank' thanks for all the help!
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The second picture is of my dawarf baby tears when I first got it. The first picture is what it looks like now. That is about a month of growth. Is that a fast growth for it?
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I would call that normal considering it is in a pot planted in plain gravel.
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I would call that normal considering it is in a pot planted in plain gravel.
Should I take it out of the pot? Do I remove the yellow'ish stuff around the roots? I am thinking about sucking it up and buying some specialty substrate, what kind should I get?
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You'll get a lot more growth in a planted substrate. The kind you use is up to you. If you don't want to do a substrate swap you could just pull it apart and put it into more pots with some soil.
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I think I will keep it the same for a little while. Then I will have a chance to save up for some good substrate. I was thinking ether eco-complete or fluorite? I don't want to necessarily buy the cheapest, I want it to be a very good investment for my tank. Is there a substrate that is just overall better than the rest?
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Would putting organic miracal-gro under PFS be considered soil?
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yes that is a type of soil. I prefer mineralizing soil prior to adding it to the tank, but I've seen it done both ways.
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What is mineralizing? How is it done?
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