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Old 04-14-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
 
Aqueon fluorescent deluxe full hood

Im new to this so I am still learning. But I have a aqueon full hood that came with my 29 gallon kit. I noticed the watts of the bulb is only 17 watts whihc I believe is not enough for plants. Is it possible to just buy a stronger fluorescent bulb ?
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
 
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Yes and no. Fluorescent tubes come in various widths such as T12, T8 and T5; the "T" refers to the diameter in 8ths of an inch, so a T8 is 8/8 or 1 inch, a T12 is 12/8, and a T5 is 5/8. I suspect your fixture is T8, the "standard," and this will be printed on one end of the existing tube so you can check. T8 tubes come in specific wattages for the tube length. However, manufacturers are now making more energy-efficient tubes, and these use less energy to produce the same or sometimes more intense light. And watts is simply the measurement of the energy used by a tube; it has no direct relevance to the intensity.

But at this point, it is possible to buy a better tube, one that produces better light which can be with reference to the spectrum and/or intensity, and this is important. The watts really have no bearing on this, so we need to consider other factors.

I happen to have a 29g with an Aqueon hood, and assuming the tubes that came with mine is what came with yours, it is not worth much. I tossed mine into the recycling bin. You can buy good tubes for this fixture. You have a 24-inch tube [mine is this length] so there are several options. A T8 in 24 inches is what you want, and within this range you want a tube with a good spectrum. A kelvin (which is the measurement of the colour temperature of light) around 6500K is ideal both for plants and a natural rendition of fish and plant colours.

If you want to spend more, the best tube is the Hagen Life-Glo which is 6700K. Also good and slightly less expensive is the ZooMed Ultra Sun with 6700K. The CarribSea ColourMax tube is probably OK too, it is around the same price I believe. Aside from these, you can also use much less expensive tubes that you can buy in hardware-type stores. GE, Sylvania and Phillips all make them, they are called some sort of "daylight" and have a Kelvin of 6500K. It is the Kelvin that you must look for, whatever the tube may be named.

I have a Life-Glo in my 29g fixture, but any of the others named above will work well. Hope this helps. If you have further questions, ask away.

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Old 04-15-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
 
Right now I only have the 24" bulb that came which is a full spectrum aqueon. I saw online and it says 8000 k lighting and 17 watts. Is the more kelvins better or the less. I saw on amazon the price of the Hagen life glo and it's not bad. If I get that bulb would it benefit my plants more? Also just to be sure, it would be compatible with my aqueon hood right? I think it's the same hood you have
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:04 PM   #4
 
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You want the kelvin rating to be between 6500k and 6700k.

I use 6700k Daylight bulbs from the hardware store... They run about 4-6 bucks.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:21 PM   #5
 
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Right now I only have the 24" bulb that came which is a full spectrum aqueon. I saw online and it says 8000 k lighting and 17 watts. Is the more kelvins better or the less. I saw on amazon the price of the Hagen life glo and it's not bad. If I get that bulb would it benefit my plants more? Also just to be sure, it would be compatible with my aqueon hood right? I think it's the same hood you have
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Kelvin as I said is just the colour temperature measurement, which is how we perceive the colour. Intensity is not related, though the tubes we have experimented with and thus mention are adequate intensity. I would have to check into the tube you have, if you want to post a link to the data, but off the top of my head I would expect it to be a bit purplish in hue, which I personally do not like, and have found with most of these that they are less intense light.

If you don't mind the cost, then Life-Glo is about the best you will get. The ZooMed Ultra Sun is much the same but a bit less. As redchigh mentioned, the hardware store tubes in this range are much less. All of these are fine. But bear in mind that all these tubes whichever you get will need replacing regularly, and I would say around 12 months. I have let mine go (on all my tanks) 18 months but clearly there was less light and algae suddenly became an issue. I now replace them at 12-13 months regardless. So factor this into the cost.

As long as the present tube says it is a T8, then T8 in any of those mentioned will work fine.

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Old 04-17-2012, 08:39 PM   #6
 
Ok thanks for the help!! .. I will probably be giving the life glo a try..and see If can try to keep some anacharis and really tall sword
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Ok thanks for the help!! .. I will probably be giving the life glo a try..and see If can try to keep some anacharis and really tall sword
Swords (except the red leaf vbarieties) will do well under this light. Anarcharis is questionable for two reasons, one being that as a stem plant it naturally needs more light though it may manage on this score; but it does not last in warm (normal tropical) temperatures. It is better in cooler temps.

A good stem plant for moderate light is Brazilian Pennywort.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:59 AM   #8
 
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I have a 29 gal tank that I bought fixture that holds two 17 watt 24 inch bulbs with 6500k.
The fixture that came with the tank only held one bulb, and I could not coax much growth from the one bulb so I bought fixture that holds two, and growth was much better for me.
Only thing I don't like, is that bulbs are 24 inches but tank is thirty inches across so there is not good light spread in corner's of tank.
I simply placed some Anubia on wood in the corner's, but otherwise the new fixture was improvement.
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Old 04-22-2012, 03:27 PM   #9
 
Ok so if I have the ecocomplete substrate and got the lighting. Is there anything else I should add to my plants like supplement?
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Ok so if I have the ecocomplete substrate and got the lighting. Is there anything else I should add to my plants like supplement?
Probably a comprehensive (complete) nutrient fertilizer. I recommend Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement or Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti. It takes very little, a dose once per week (a day following the water change) should be sufficient.

Nutrients occur naturally from tap water (via the weekly water change) and from fish food through the breakdown of organics (waste) in the substrate. This can sometimes provide all that's needed, so you can let the plant growth indicate if you need the above or not.

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