03-13-2010, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Angel079
no offense to the above good advise but lights from pet stores are just TOO pricey. You can either go get CFL screw in bulbs or T8 at the needed color from any well sorted Lowes, Homedeport or Walmart. These come by companies like GE, Bright Effects Phillips and are quite some cheaper.
What you wanna watch for is that you have a full spectrum, these are rated around 6500 Kelvin (Kelvin # will be printed on the box where you have the wattage listed) and then if you buy a T8 size I'd say get about 18-20W fixture and if the CFL screw in one's are to be used respectively less (they always have printed ont he box eg. 20W CFL = 100W something like that).
What happens if you have the wrong spectrum you plants will not thrive but algae often will. What happens if you have far too much wattage over the tank you will (no joke!) melt your plants.
What plants are you considering using??
Thanks for the advice. This is one route I am considering. Will 1 25w screw in CFL be enough light to grow plants?
As for the type of plants... I was thinking of something like this: (from Sweet Aquatics)
PLANT PACKAGE#1 includes the following:
1 Potted Sword
2 Potted Foreground (can be substituted for microsword portions)
1 Bare Root Anubias
2 Bunch Plants
1 Aponogeton Bulb with sprouts
2 Bare Root Cryptocorynes
1 Potted Cryptocoryne
1 dwarf onion pot
1 Java Fern
in reality, I am green to this. For fish, I am thinking about a bunch of neons or cardinals so they can shoal around together. Nothing too fancy.