07-05-2012, 01:54 PM
| || | 2.5 gallon lighting
So I bought a 2.5 gallon on craigslist the other day and it came with an incandescent fixture (holds 1 incandescent or CFL). So I went out to buy a CFL for it, and they were all ten watts, which would give me 4.25 watts per gallon(correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not great at mental math) To me that seems like sort of a lot for a few plants, and I would have to be dosing ferts and CO2 on a 2.5 gallon. So I bought a 50/50 bulb thinking that if only half the bulb is really usable to plants, then I could have half the intensity (just over 2 watts per gallon). But afterwards I realized that the low color temperature could bring algae, which I don't want. So what are your suggestions? I'm pretty stumped.
Also, what are some good species of snails that don't eat live plants, but do graze on algae? I have heard nerites are good, and ramshorns might eat plants. I 'm hearing different things and just want to get that straitened out. Thanks!