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post #11 of 18 Old 08-20-2011, 06:53 AM
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I am not aware of any danger to the fish by being alone, but I will readily alter this view in the face of evidence to the contrary. I know the Bolivian is ideal alone because in their habitat they appear to live in solitude except when spawning (which may be part of why my male killed the female).

I read through our profile on the Keyhole in case I had something there, and spotted the mention of never keeping this species with other cichlids. So aside from the tank size,...

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Just want to say that my Bolivian Ram (male) is the only BR in the tank, and he is doing just fine. If I measure "happiness" by eating well, showing curiosity, activity and appearance He hasn't actually told me he's happy, but it sure seems that way.

P.S. @ Navy, don't stress about someone "hijacking" your thread. It happens once in awhile when someone wants learn too from you, and we should all welcome each other and learn what we can :)

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post #12 of 18 Old 08-20-2011, 09:05 AM
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Quantum, please don't say "I don't mean to hijack this thread but. . ." and then actually hijack it.

Man up, find your own big words, and post your own thread. In doing so, you're not only being respectful, but you're helping make it easier for everyone else to find the info they need
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Really? There is a lot I could say, but I'll refrain. What I will recommend is that next time a post so offends you, report it and let the moderators deal with it if it is inappropriate.

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post #13 of 18 Old 08-20-2011, 10:48 AM
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Byron, regarding light -- I have two lights in my fixture. A 6.7K and a 10K. I could remove either one. What guidance would you give here? Of course, which one I remove would depend on what type of fish I am wanting to keep, mostly. But given what you know, and given my desire to prevent algae growth and show off my fish in the best and most natural settings possible, what do you think? Thx in advance if you have time.
The 6700K is the better overall. Combined with a "cooler" tube (10000K) works well, but I would not use the 10000K alone. Of course, the actual spectrum of the tube can vary, the kelvin is only the colour temperature as we perceive it, but generally speaking the higher the K the more "blue" and less red, and plants need red. The 6700K is close to sunlight, it provides the needed red and blue but has green to balance for a true colour rendition.

On my dual-tube tanks I like the mix of 6700K and 10000K (or thereabouts) and it works well. But on all single-tube, I use 6700K.

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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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Really? There is a lot I could say, but I'll refrain. What I will recommend is that next time a post so offends you, report it and let the moderators deal with it if it is inappropriate.
I could be criticized just as much for having responded to the "hijack" ...

I don't think we need get so excited [navy66]; after all, we are all here to share and learn, and if the "hijack" is related there is merit in keeping the thread intact.

And please be curteous to one another, whatever the circumstances.

Byron.

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Freshwater 20 (US) gallon high (24 x 13 x 16) with black sand substrate
AquaClear 50 and Hydor Theo Heater (150W)
24" Coralife HO T5 running 1 24-watt 6700K and 1 24-watt 10K
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-21-2011, 04:19 AM Thread Starter
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Byron, I wanna make sure -- just ONE 24 watt 6700k lamp over a 20gal High? As in, about 1.2 watts per gallon?

To grow even the lowest-light-demanding plants?

That's 24 watts over a gallon. Essentially, 1.2 WPG.

Really? Cause I'm about to shift everything tomorrow, and I need this for real.

Thanks.

Freshwater 20 (US) gallon high (24 x 13 x 16) with black sand substrate
AquaClear 50 and Hydor Theo Heater (150W)
24" Coralife HO T5 running 1 24-watt 6700K and 1 24-watt 10K
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just ONE 24 watt 6700k lamp over a 20gal High? As in, about 1.2 watts per gallon?

Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...#ixzz1VfaRwC1D

Navy66 - that should work fine. I have the same w.p.g. over my tanks and in one even less, and my low light plants do good. You don't want more light than that, unless you're growing high demand light plants, but even plants that are moderate light users, would do okay, in my opinion.

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post #18 of 18 Old 08-21-2011, 09:25 AM
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Yes. I am assuming this is a fluorescent tube, over a standard 20g high tank. Tubes come in standard wattage for the length so the tube that fits the fixture is the one you want, in a spectrum with a 6700K (or around that, depends upon manufacturer).

Watts per gallon is not really accurate as it only works when comparing identicals, and over tanks that are 3-5 feet in length and of roughly same depth. Even then it is only a guide. With all the new types of tubes, many that are more energy-efficient so they produce more light intensity with less power--and watts is only the measurement of energy a tube uses, nothing more--the watts is scarcely relevant.

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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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