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I got this fixture because it was supposed to be a no brainer and provide more light than the T8 fixture that I had. ...
I got this fixture because it was supposed to be a no brainer and provide more light than the T8 fixture that I had. (The extra fixture I've been speaking of)
I think after all my research and info here I am gong to try 2 6500K bulbs. I can always add the extra fixture back if I need to. From what I understand they don't have to be specifically from an aquarium store or for plants. So I am gonna check Home Depot and see what I turn up.
After all that, you've chosen what I think is the best alternative. If you're going to replace them every 6-months, get the cheapest you can. I find they'll go a year before a noticeable decline in performance.
I could not find the bulbs at Home Depot or Lowes. They have ver few T5 bulbs and none are HO. I did visit an aquarium specialty store and also spoke with 2 very nice employees. I had to because the bulbs are behind the counter. I decided to change the lid. It is now clear glass.What an amazing decision. I took off the second fixture. With this new lid in jet 20 hours of light I see an improvement in growth on some plants. For example, I had purchases some ludwiga (maybe red ludwiga) a while back I had about 9-12 stems. In a matter of a week they were gone. I had one stem that was just holding on and was very short. Since changing the lid this plant has grown 2 levels of leaves. Anacharis is looking better and staying planted. Then I have another plant that I keep forgetting the name of that leaves would be on the filter intake, LOTS of them. While there are still some coming off there is not nearly as many. So I am pleased that so far things are looking up by just changing the lid.
Would anyone be able to identify this plant? The store where I got it has it labeled Blue something or other.
i think you made a wise choice.if you want slightly more light,you should look at your reflector.i am not sure what yours looks like,but easy and quick fixes to reflectors can improve the efficiency of the light dramatically. the plant looks like hygrophila corymbosa var. stricta blue perhaps.