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post #1 of 5 Old 05-06-2012, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Question 30 Gallon Long Tank - Brackish - No Plants - T8 - Which bulb?

I have a 30 Gallon Long Tank. 36" Long x 12" Wide X 17" High.

No living plants, just artificial.

Brackish for a Figure Eight Puffer and some Bumblebee Gobies.

The light fixture is on the glass top sitting on directly on top of the tank.

Fits a single 24" T8 bulbs.

Which color temp/lumens/watt bulb should I get?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-06-2012, 07:33 PM
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Shouldn't matter too much. You just dont want anything super bright though. Depending on where the tank is located, as far as the fish are concerned you may not need a light at all.
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-06-2012, 08:03 PM
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Agree. A daylight tube with a Kelvin of 6500K will provide true rendition of colours. It will be a standard brightness for the length, so not much you can do about that. Floating plants, real or artificial, are important. Puffers love planted tanks.

You will have algae with the light and no plants, but that doesn't matter as the algae will partially do what live plants would do in helping to keep the water better.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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Agree. A daylight tube with a Kelvin of 6500K will provide true rendition of colours. It will be a standard brightness for the length, so not much you can do about that. Floating plants, real or artificial, are important. Puffers love planted tanks.

You will have algae with the light and no plants, but that doesn't matter as the algae will partially do what live plants would do in helping to keep the water better.
I will get the 6500K bulb, and look up compatible brackish plants.
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How did your brackish experiment work out?
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