06-23-2012, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by spectroscopy
Yes i have the aqueon hood with light but what would be a good bulb then. I also have one of those skrew on bulb fixtures if that would help but its small, could i possibly double with the t8 and the other? But thank you for holding up(i must sound stupid).
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OK, I'm going to backtrack a moment to recapitulate about planted tanks. The amount of light you need over a tank depends upon the type of planted tank you want. Many plants will manage fine with moderate light such as i have; I posted a photo previously. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the plant growth in that tank, it is lush and steady. But I am staying with low and moderate light plants, because my first priority is always the fish. Bright overhead light is stressful, so my plants have to manage with what light I am prepared to provide.
If you want difficult plants that require brighter light, you will have to also provide diffused CO2 and more frequent fertilization to balance.
One T8 tubes will work. You can get a Life-Glo 6700K or a ZooMed UltraSun 6700K from a fish store, they are more expensive. Or you can go to a hardware store and get a 6500K "daylight" tube by GE, Sylvania, Phillips for a couple dollars, much less expensive. A 24-inch tube with 6500K is what you are looking for.