01-15-2012, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by trapperwolves
Back to the drawing board--again. I was assuming I had low light due to the wattage per gallon.
What would you think if I removed 1 bulb? Say I kept 1 bulb at T5HO 24 watt 6700k?
Or would it be more beneficial to the plants to go to 1 T8 bulb? I currently have a cover and light that I could use that has 1 T8, 17 watt bulb. I swithced to the high output set-up believing the T8 would be insufficient light for plants.
I would prefer to try to keep more of a low tech style tank with fairly easy to grow plants.
Thanks again for any replies.
One T8 tube over a 29g will give you low to moderate light. I have this over my 29g. Most stem plants will not likely do well (Brazilian Pennywort is an exception), but swords, crypts, Vallisneria, Java Fern, Java Moss and Anubias, plus floating plants, will.
If you can disengage one T5 tube and have the other still light, this will increase options and several stem plants in addition to the above will (or should) work. Some fixtures work with only one tube, some don't.
The Hygrophila will not manage under a single T8, I know from experience; it may manage with a single T5, I would expect it to, but won't promise.