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post #1 of 15 Old 09-15-2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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4 bulb t8 light fixture?

I need a cheap (as absolutely cheap as possible) 4 bulb t8 48in light fixture. I have a 48in 2 bulb and it's not cutting it and another 2 bulb won't fit. Shoplights are fine.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-15-2012, 10:38 PM
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Not sure around you but around here Home Depot has those cheap I have 2 of them I am using right now they were under 20 bucks without bulbs pre-wired with plug.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-15-2012, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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4 bulbs? I've seen 2 bulbs at home depot but do they have 4 bulb ones?
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If the light intensity of 4 T8 48-inch tubes is required, this is a case where T5 should be considered. I realize this will be more expensive, but without knowing the tank dimensions, a dual-tube T5 may be better aethesitically than a 4-tube T8. Long-term T5 will be cheaper to operate.

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Its a 55 and it's for my plants. I can't afford a 100.00 light being 16.
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Its a 55 and it's for my plants. I can't afford a 100.00 light being 16.
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Two 48-inch T8 tubes are plenty over a 55g tank. Now, if you go very high-tech with CO2 diffusion and daily dose of nutrients, additional light would be needed. But not unless. You need decent spectrum tubes of course; if you're having problems now, and using any of the so-called plant or aquarium tubes, a pair of "daylight" 6500K will solve that.

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Im having problems with my plants and wa told i need more light.
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Im having problems with my plants and wa told i need more light.
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If you can give me some details, I may have some solutions. Two T8 6500K tubes over a 55g are sufficient light for all but the fussiest of plants--fussy meaning some of the substrate "carpet" types and some stem plants.

What tubes do you have now, how old are they?
What fertilizers are you using and how often?
What is the substrate?
What is the GH of your tap water? And the tank pH? And temperature?
And last, what plant species, and fish?

Sorry for so many questions, but all these are related, and just as a doctor can't diagnose being "sick" without knowing the symptoms, neither can we.

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If you can give me some details, I may have some solutions. Two T8 6500K tubes over a 55g are sufficient light for all but the fussiest of plants--fussy meaning some of the substrate "carpet" types and some stem plants.

What tubes do you have now, how old are they?
What fertilizers are you using and how often?
What is the substrate?
What is the GH of your tap water? And the tank pH? And temperature?
And last, what plant species, and fish?

Sorry for so many questions, but all these are related, and just as a doctor can't diagnose being "sick" without knowing the symptoms, neither can we.
I have 2 32 watt. I dont know what k but it says 1k on it but i dont find that likely. I dont know how old but id say a few months or so.

I was using macro micro 3 teaspoons a day and excel, but was told to stop bc i was told it was too much for my lighting.

Sand with organic miracle grow in some places.

Dont know gh, ph is 7.8, and its around 80.

I have abrusia, purple cabomba, wisteria, ludwigia repens, anubius, dwarf sagitaria, salvinia minima, and this plant i forget the name of. I have 6 angelfish, 2 rams, 1 festivum, 3 syno petricola, and 2 bristlenose plecos.
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