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Old 04-22-2012, 08:03 PM   #21
 
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Well, do you know any good light that can clamp onto glass? I see all these good bulbs for sale but I don't know how people put them in their cases or how they use them!

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My knowledge on these is limited, which is to say non-existant basically. I do know I have seen some nice smallish tanks in one of my local fish stores with LED type lighting and they seem to be doing well, but I've no idea of the lighting specs. Hopefully another member might.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:17 PM   #22
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Hey I think I just found a great fluorescent light! And its a clamp! Here's the link: Archaea 27W power compact light fixture (clamp on type) [AIC-008] - $60.00 : Aqua Forest Aquarium, ADA USA, Aqua Design Amano . It will provide around 3.75 watts/gallon in a 8 gallon tank which is perfect for dwarf baby tears right? Here is the tank again: Fluval Nano Flora Aquatic Plant Kit at PETCO

Thanks!And in this tank would I be able to house a school of 5 or 6 small fish? And if so, could the plants take care of that much waste? Or would I need to cycle it?
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #23
 
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Hey I think I just found a great fluorescent light! And its a clamp! Here's the link: Archaea 27W power compact light fixture (clamp on type) [AIC-008] - $60.00 : Aqua Forest Aquarium, ADA USA, Aqua Design Amano . It will provide around 3.75 watts/gallon in a 8 gallon tank which is perfect for dwarf baby tears right? Here is the tank again: Fluval Nano Flora Aquatic Plant Kit at PETCO

Thanks!And in this tank would I be able to house a school of 5 or 6 small fish? And if so, could the plants take care of that much waste? Or would I need to cycle it?
That would certainly provide sufficient light, having been desinged by ADA. Might need CO2 to balance though.

Small fish, just to ensure we are on the same page, means "dwarf" species such as Ember Tetra, one of the Boraras rasbora species, spark;ling gourami, scarlet badis, and similar fish if soft water. In medium hard water there are Endlers Livebearers and a few cyprinids.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #24
 
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3 male endlers would be stunning. :)
Do you know your water hardness and pH?
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:48 PM   #25
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I mean rasboras or tetras or other small schooling tetras. Wish I could get some endlers locally:) Would have definitely gotten those!

If I get another replacement light for the tank which is 13 watts fluorescent, would that double the amount of wattage to 26 watts per gallon? With that amount it would be perfect! (and cheaper than afa).
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:48 PM   #26
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I don't know my ph levels but I can take it sometime soon because i have my previous testing kit!
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:04 PM   #27
 
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I'm getting a bit lost in this thread, probably becuase I'm active in several consecutively. But I will just throw in a caution on all this light.

Consider the poor fish. These forest fish occur in very dimly lit waters, and bright overhead light is highly stressful. The light over any aquarium should never be greater than what is absolutley essential for the plant growth. More is not in this case better, far from it. I have an article on Light, and one on stress, in the Freshwater Articles section.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:12 PM   #28
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What light is absolutely essential for dwarf baby tears?
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:16 PM   #29
 
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Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Dwarf Baby Tears
I don't think you should try this plant, it probably won't do well.
Why not look into some type of Pellia? It's similar looking and better suited.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #30
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I will look into the pellia! How are people successful with baby tears with fish and high lighting? Would 13 watts per 8 gallon + CO2 + good substrate be enough for them? What if I had a plant in one corner that allowed shade? Like on top of the water?
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