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post #21 of 25 Old 03-23-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update. Plants are in the tank. Thank you SweetAquatics! Everything arrived in excellent shape. I have added 10 neon and 10 glowlight tetras. There are also 3 octo kittys. The octos have striped the dwarf sag leaves but other than that, the tank looks great. I left all 6 bulbs in but only run two at a time. I run them in all combinations and it seems to be working out well. I also like the difference it makes in the appearance of the tank.

Just wanted to thank everybody who has been so helpful.
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post #22 of 25 Old 03-27-2010, 11:45 AM
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My recommendation would be to reduce the amount of bulbs, i cannot comment for the amount needed without a picture. Just be aware if you do reduce to let's say 2 bulbs, you do have to keep in mind the ballast(s) for the bulbs are to be reduced also. Just for power consumption, disconnect or remove the obsolete ballasts.
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post #23 of 25 Old 03-31-2010, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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karjean,

I am using a homebuilt hood that has six sockets for CF bulbs. They provide way too much light when all 6 are engaged. I run two to three at a time but change which ones are on. It does provide a different look with each combination. I am hoping algae will be kept at bay too as the light placement and intensity is different every day. Plants seem to like it as do the fish.
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post #24 of 25 Old 07-27-2012, 12:56 AM
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Plants are fun

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post #25 of 25 Old 07-27-2012, 12:57 AM
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good luck!!

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