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Old 06-29-2011, 03:39 PM   #21
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By the way. I put in a Penn-Plax Aquari-Lux Flourescent tube in the new lamp fixture since I was able to get cheap old ones. These are 15W and have a decent spike on the red and really good spike at the blue part of the spectrum. The bulbs seem dim compared to the aqueon one...is it because it is low on the yellow?
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:08 PM   #22
 
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By the way. I put in a Penn-Plax Aquari-Lux Flourescent tube in the new lamp fixture since I was able to get cheap old ones. These are 15W and have a decent spike on the red and really good spike at the blue part of the spectrum. The bulbs seem dim compared to the aqueon one...is it because it is low on the yellow?
Yes, to our eyes, but more importantly they probably are less intense. I know as certain that the Hagen Aqua-Glo and Flora-Glo tubes are half the light intensity of the full spectrum (Life-Glo 2). And every similar "aquarium" tube seems to be the same, though I have no specs to check as I do with Hagen.

I would get a full spectrum or daylight tube. You might get them at hardware stores (Lowes, Home Depot, etc) if they have the size that fits your fixture. Measure the tube end to end not including the prongs, that is the length you need in a T8. Then look for Phillips or Sylvania, their tube that has a Kelvin of 6500K, Phillips calls theirs Alto Daylight Deluxe, I've forgotten what Sylvania calls their comparable tube. I used the Sylvania for many years, until HD stopped carrying them, and now the Phillips.

If you don't mind the added cost, you could get Hagen's Life-Glo tube at a fish store. Or ZooMed's Ultra Sun tube. Much the same, but more expensive. On all my single-tube tanks i use the Life-Glo. on my dual-tube tanks i have one Life-Glo and one Phillips.

Another option if you like the "purplish" hue of the ones you have mentinoed, the Hagen Power-Glo is similar but much more intense light, as the name suggests. I don't like the hue, which is why i stay with those mentioned.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:52 PM   #23
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Hi,
I thought I'd give an update of the 55 gallon newly planted tank.
The plants seem to be doing well. I've also put in some dwarf hirgrass in the foreground. I'll send a pic. However, I think I may have too much light. I've already got some algae on the plant leaves that get some sunlight from the western window. I forgot to pull down the blinds for a few days Any suggestiuons on getting rid of the algae. I've got 3 otcinclus cats in my 20 gallon, but want to wait 7-10 more days to transfger them....I put in 5 zebra danios a couple of days ago.
I threw some Anacharis into the tank and left it floating. However, I want to plant it. I've read that it rots if its put into gravel and can be weighted down...how do I do it? Can I just press the bottom of a strand with a little rock?
Also, when should I start to put in the seachem flourish excvel?
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:28 PM   #24
 
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Hi,
I thought I'd give an update of the 55 gallon newly planted tank.
The plants seem to be doing well. I've also put in some dwarf hirgrass in the foreground. I'll send a pic. However, I think I may have too much light. I've already got some algae on the plant leaves that get some sunlight from the western window. I forgot to pull down the blinds for a few days Any suggestiuons on getting rid of the algae. I've got 3 otcinclus cats in my 20 gallon, but want to wait 7-10 more days to transfger them....I put in 5 zebra danios a couple of days ago.
I threw some Anacharis into the tank and left it floating. However, I want to plant it. I've read that it rots if its put into gravel and can be weighted down...how do I do it? Can I just press the bottom of a strand with a little rock?
Also, when should I start to put in the seachem flourish excvel?
What type of algae? A few of the so-called algae eating fish will only eat one type. Otos are excellent but only with common green algae or diatoms (brown), they won't touch brush, hair, etc. Also, algae is common in new tanks because the water is not yet stable, that takes a few weeks. During the initial period sometimes less light helps.

Do you mean Flourish comprehensive, not Excel? Very different things. Comp is a complete nutrient fert, I would use it from the start, once a week at the recommended amount. Excel is a liquid carbon supplement, I personally do not use it or recommend it.

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Old 07-11-2011, 12:28 AM   #25
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The stuff growing on the leaves look brown. I'd attached my Anubias to a driftwood, so I was able to transfer it to the 20 gallon last night. The leaves look brand new now
As far as the Seachem Flourish goes, I got the wrong one. RATS ! PETSmart had Flourish comprehensive and I didn't buy it since the fella there strongly recommened Excel. I thought I had misread what you wrote to me earlier. I just poured in the recommended amount an hour ago. DOUBLE RATS ! I'll go and get the correct Seachem Flourish Comprehensive.

I'm thinking of mkaing this tank a mostly cardinanal OR neon tetras (about 15-19) with some cory cats and otos. Any suggestions as to which one of the 2 tetras is better?
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Old 07-11-2011, 11:47 AM   #26
 
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The stuff growing on the leaves look brown. I'd attached my Anubias to a driftwood, so I was able to transfer it to the 20 gallon last night. The leaves look brand new now
As far as the Seachem Flourish goes, I got the wrong one. RATS ! PETSmart had Flourish comprehensive and I didn't buy it since the fella there strongly recommened Excel. I thought I had misread what you wrote to me earlier. I just poured in the recommended amount an hour ago. DOUBLE RATS ! I'll go and get the correct Seachem Flourish Comprehensive.

I'm thinking of mkaing this tank a mostly cardinanal OR neon tetras (about 15-19) with some cory cats and otos. Any suggestions as to which one of the 2 tetras is better?
Don't worry about that algae, it is diatoms (brown algae) and common esp in new tanks. After a couple months it will not return. In the meantime, keep it off plant leaves, it is easy to remove during the water change with your fingers. Otos will eat this, voraciously, but once it's gone...

Keep the Excel, it sometimes works to eliminate brush algae if that should ever occur. Unless they will exchange it, but opened probably not.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #27
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I saw a bulb by philips called "Plant and Aquarium". I was wondering if its a good replacement for the PennPlax tube I have swapped it out with. It is definitely brighter. I think it has a yellow component in it since the tank now looks like its lit by sunlight.
I have 2 bulbs on the rightt side and one on the left.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:35 PM   #28
 
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Hi,
I saw a bulb by philips called "Plant and Aquarium". I was wondering if its a good replacement for the PennPlax tube I have swapped it out with. It is definitely brighter. I think it has a yellow component in it since the tank now looks like its lit by sunlight.
I have 2 bulbs on the rightt side and one on the left.
After searching a bit I finally found some info on this tube. It has (according to what I found) a 2700K which is very warm (red) so that expalins the yellower appearance. That is OK for plants provided the other tubes provide more in the higher K. Downside is that it is weak intensity by comparison to "daylight" tubes, so you may be getting less light intensity into the water. The "brighter" appearance is as much to do with the kelvin, so this can be deceptive.
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:02 PM   #29
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After searching a bit I finally found some info on this tube. It has (according to what I found) a 2700K which is very warm (red) so that expalins the yellower appearance. That is OK for plants provided the other tubes provide more in the higher K. Downside is that it is weak intensity by comparison to "daylight" tubes, so you may be getting less light intensity into the water. The "brighter" appearance is as much to do with the kelvin, so this can be deceptive.
Well, I was not able to find Phillips "Daylight Deluxe", but was able to get
1. GE Daylight F15. Its got color temp 6500K and 700 lumens
2. GE plant and aquarium. Has 510 lumens, but doesn't state color temp. Has something called cri = 90K written on its specs
3. Sylvania Gro-lux (just says its for aquarium & plants)

Which would be best with two Aqueon 15W 8000K full spectrum tubes?

I've got one of each, and can play around.
Thanks,
Ami
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:12 PM   #30
 
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Well, I was not able to find Phillips "Daylight Deluxe", but was able to get
1. GE Daylight F15. Its got color temp 6500K and 700 lumens
2. GE plant and aquarium. Has 510 lumens, but doesn't state color temp. Has something called cri = 90K written on its specs
3. Sylvania Gro-lux (just says its for aquarium & plants)

Which would be best with two Aqueon 15W 8000K full spectrum tubes?

I've got one of each, and can play around.
Thanks,
Ami
The GE Daylight is far the best of these, no doubt.
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