11-27-2013, 09:54 AM
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yet another HO lighting question
I have a 75 gallon that I am setting up with live plants, livebearers, shrimp & other random (but compatible) critters. Goal is to have a pretty strong shrimp population along with hillstream loaches. It won't be heavily planted, but I will have a 'large' moss bonsai, a section of dwarf hair grass carpet & whatever larger plants I decided on, along with some open sand & large rocks.
Anyway, I bought an Aqueon 2-bulb T5 fixture from Petsmart. It is not a HO fixture, but I am wondering if I should take it back for a HO light. It doesn't seem overly bright & I want to make sure I have enough algae for the algae eaters, but I don't want to constantly fight algae blooms. It won't be getting any real sunlight due to it's location.