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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #311 of 1118 Old 10-28-2012, 12:07 AM
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Oh yeah, looks way better now! That's a lot of plants. Good assortment, they all go well together.
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Thank you
Now i'm on a mission to find some Shrimp on Aquabid.I love Shrimp.They are so cute and love to eat up all the left over food that falls to the bottom.They do well with Algae also
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post #313 of 1118 Old 10-28-2012, 09:06 AM
Both my marineland tanks came with bulbs that say daylight when I asked the guy in Big Als what they were because I didn't know he said they are just bulbs they are not good for live plants I have both tanks in my family room kitchen and the one without live plants that still has the oriiginal bulbs is alot different not pink like the 6700k alot darker
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post #314 of 1118 Old 10-28-2012, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
Well, tested my water in the 220 today and the Ammonia is at 0, Nitrites are at 1.25 ppm and Nitrates are 5.

For some reason the nitrates in my 55 Silver Dollar tank are through the roof again. Tested the water on Thursday, they were 80 ppm. They're usually around 5. I've never had them that high in any tank before. Never had them above 20, and the only time they went to 20 was when I went two and a half weeks between water changes once in the summer.

So I did a water change Friday, tested it today and it's still around 80. What the heck?? Zero ammonia and nitrites, thank goodness. So I guess I have to start doing larger water changes? I usually do a quarter. Maybe I'll try a third.

Finally, checked out the bulbs at my local Big Al's today. The only bulbs they had rates 6,700 K were T5s, which are no good to me. The had Aqueon Full Spectrum Daylight 25W bulbs, that did not rate the K on the package. I got one of the employees to double check in case I was missing it, but he didn't see it either.

So I checked Pet Smart's website and they list the Aqueon Full Spectrum Daylight 25W as 8,000K. On their site you can actually see it on the box, but it was absolutely not on the box at Big Al's. I think they're the same bulb though.

Is 8,000K ok, or do I need 6,700 K?


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post #315 of 1118 Old 10-28-2012, 01:24 PM
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I have 6,700 on mine and a colormax bulb.The Colormax provides a full spectrum light for warm glow.And enhances the natural beauty of fish and plants.What kind of fixture do you have again?
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I need T8 bulbs for my fixture.


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post #317 of 1118 Old 10-28-2012, 01:43 PM
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I need T8 bulbs for my fixture.
What kind of lighting fixture do you have?Was it a Marineland?How many bulbs?
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post #318 of 1118 Old 10-28-2012, 01:45 PM
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My 75 gallon has a 2 bulb 48" fixture. while the numbers are identical, the colour of them is not. One is very white, the other looks purplish.
I have 2.... Coral Life, F28, T5 6700K. My tank is 18" deep tho. Your tank is deeper so I expect you need something brighter. Whatever that means... sorry.
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My 75 gallon has a 2 bulb 48" fixture. while the numbers are identical, the colour of them is not. One is very white, the other looks purplish.
I have 2.... Coral Life, F28, T5 6700K. My tank is 18" deep tho. Your tank is deeper so I expect you need something brighter. Whatever that means... sorry.
So what bulbs are you looking for?
I was going to tell you to check out Leaf Fish also.They are neat fish
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post #320 of 1118 Old 10-28-2012, 01:51 PM
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My 75 gallon has a 2 bulb 48" fixture. while the numbers are identical, the colour of them is not. One is very white, the other looks purplish.
I have 2.... Coral Life, F28, T5 6700K. My tank is 18" deep tho. Your tank is deeper so I expect you need something brighter. Whatever that means... sorry.
Your purplish bulb is probablt a Actinic bulb.I switched that one out for the Colormax.I have a Coralife T5 HO Bulbs
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