03-28-2013, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch
good reccomendation monger, but my wife would kill me if i told her i wanted diffrent lights lol. we just got these so im going to use what i have to get the issue fixed. there is a balance to be found finding it is going to be the hard part. as the tank sits i have all the stems floating and raised the fixture about 4 more inches away from the top this with the 8hr photo period should do the trick here im thinking. if not DIy co2 is one of my last resorts. during all of this i AM going to still dose with the flourish trio i have, but only x1 a week followed by the ritual 50%l weekly waterchange.
It's just bulbs, not a whole fixture that could be changed. Eventually you will get the fixture high enough that the dispersion will effectively reduce the intensity... at least you might be able to use the one fixture for two tanks.... that would be cool.
Going for the balance sounds like you will need to address the light or you may end up having such a short photo period that you never get to really see the fish.
Maybe I'm extremely lucky... still no algae, 14hours plus lighting and now I have direct sunlight into the tank in the late afternoon as well. I can't even tell that the lights are on at that point. Glad I've got lots of plants and driftwood so the catfish can be out of the light. They certainly are colourful as they sometimes swim through it though... sunlight is the best light for seeing the fish in their true colours. Cherry barbs are a very vibrant red... at least the males are, shrimp too... could use more algae for the shrimp...
Anyhow... good luck with your tweaking.