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post #1 of 13 Old 11-12-2012, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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best type of lighting for aquarium plants

i have a 29 gallon freshwater tank with live plants that are not doing so well and wondering what type of light would be the best for growing them??????????
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-13-2012, 02:45 AM
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why type of light/s do you have now??

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-13-2012, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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i have compact floresents
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-13-2012, 02:53 PM
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how many, what wattage, and do you know the Kelvin rating???

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post #5 of 13 Old 11-13-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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it is 70 watts and theres only one. whats the kelvin rating???????

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post #6 of 13 Old 11-13-2012, 03:39 PM
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well I am certainly not the person to explain Kelvin rating but simply put it is the color temperature of a light source. Plants go best between 5000k - 7000k. 6500k is what most ppl use as it is closes to the sun durning at noon. A single 70w bulb probably isn't the best. Two bulbs would be best but then you would probably want the bulbs to be 15watts 6500k bulbs.

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it might also be because the water is dark because of the 2 peices of driftwood i hv
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dark? Like it colored you water (tannins) or is the driftwood blocking the light?

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Do you use fertilizers for your plants? What plants do you have?

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the water has the tannins in it. i use fertilizer the flourish one.i hv an amazon sword which is doing alright, java ferns and java moss which r doing fine. i also have a few more which i do not no the names of.
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