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post #1 of 28 Old 06-20-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Red face 29 gallon lighting

Hello everyone, I have a 29 gallon tank that a want to
Switch to planted. I some plants easy plants
Like java moss and moss ball. I have some flourite substrate if thats
Any good? Umm the only thing I need is lighting.

So if you need to change my list no problem. Umm so help is really good thanks

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post #2 of 28 Old 06-20-2012, 11:48 PM
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If you go with easy plants then you can go with just you plan light. Did you tank come with a light or do you have a light fixture now? If you dont then you can get a glass top for your tank and get a light like this Fish Strip Lights Lighting For 29 gallon Aquariums from PETCO.com and just put a T8 bulb in that has a rating of 6500K on it and you can grow low light plants.

As for a list of plants you have some options: Java fern, Java moss, Anubias, and some swords including Pygmy chain sword and Amazon Swords. Depending on you hardness of your water you could even try Giant Vallisneria also. There are others as well.

Fourite substrate is a enriched substrate that from what I have been told is over rated. Also if you have any substrate fish the substrate could be problematic as it is shrap. You will still need some type of fertillizer to dose for the plants most recommed Seachem Flourish Comprehensive as it is a well rounded liquid fert.

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post #3 of 28 Old 06-21-2012, 09:36 AM
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Agree. A single tube T8 over the tank, such as you would have with the normal tank hood, will be moderate light and allow the plants Boredomb mentioned. I have this over my 29g, below is a photo. We can discuss good tubes for this, if you have a fluorescent fixture. If it is incandescent, the CFL daylight bulbs (6500K) work fine.

On the Flourite, I have this in my 70g but am quite disappointed with it. If you already have it, fine, it will be no worse than fine gravel or sand substrates. But if you have substrate fish in this tank, like corys, that root in the substrate, be careful; Flourite is sharp and i had to remove the corys from my 70g due to barbel problems.

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Ok thank you. Nice tank Byron! The tank i have came with a hood and flourescent lighting single. If im able to swith the bulb what wattage should it be( maybe 36 or 50-ish)? I know that kelvins should be around 6,700k and none of that coral 50-50 lights. Thank you for the info!
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Watts are irrelevant as depending on the brand the watts may vary as some are low energy or power saving but the intensity will be the same. When you go to the store just get one around the right Kevin and you will be fine. I get mine from Lowe's (not sure if there is one there or not). I use GE Daylight bulbs and they work great.

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Watts correlate to the bulb length and do certainly matter. For T8's a 18" bulb will be 15 watts and a 24" bulb will be 17 or 18 watts. There is no variance in T8s. I personally would upgrade the hood if it was my tank. It depends a lot on how you want the tank to run and types/density of plants. This forum tends to favor low light which is certainly an option if that is what you want. IMO the best option would probably be starting out with what you have now then seeing how you manage before upgrading. I personally could not stand only 17 watts over a 29 gallon but thats just me. There are lots of different ways to run a planted tank.

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post #7 of 28 Old 06-21-2012, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Yea ok thank you, Found a t5 ho coralife aqualight, both lights 31 watts, one's kelvin is 6,700k the other some colormax thing( may change that out) If you have any good brands/manufactures feel free to say. Thank you so far
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dual 30" T5HO will be a lot of light - about 4x the 24" T8 that Byron's tank has, which is obviously sufficient for good plant growth

coralife does sell a non-HO (18 watts) dual tube T5 in 30"
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Ok they also have 24" but the lights are 24 watt instead of 31. Ok so now that i have the lightings almost down, what cover should i use, acrylic or some sort of Plastic cover. The plastic like those
Plastic crate stuff? If you know what i mean.
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Ok they also have 24" but the lights are 24 watt instead of 31. Ok so now that i have the lightings almost down, what cover should i use, acrylic or some sort of Plastic cover. The plastic like those
Plastic crate stuff? If you know what i mean.
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Are you using the standard hood that comes with the tank? If yes, it is complete, and will have a single T8 tube, like mine that I posted the photo of. But you will need to buy a better tube than what comes with it.

T5 and T8 are different, tubes of T5 do not fit T8 fixtures, and vice-versa.

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