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Old 08-16-2010, 08:29 PM   #21
 
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Also, my pH is 7.8 and my water is hard (don't know exact numbers). Is this ok?
Plants are generally far more adaptable than many fish to water parameters. In hard water, Vallisneria is an ideal plant, check the profile for Corkscrew Vallisneria to see if you like it. it is a hardy plant and sends out runners with daughter plants.

Stem plants are usually OK in harder water, Cabomba is the only one I'm maybe a little uncertain of for hard water. You only need one stem, if it does well fine, if not...
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:21 AM   #22
 
My hood says to put 2 15 watt or 2 25 watts bulbs in it. Would I even be able to put a 5 or 10 watt in? And I only found 1 light bulb AceHardware.com that is 10 watts and 6500k. There weren't any 5 watts, but there was a 15, 20, and 26 watt also with 6500k. Which one would be the best?

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Old 08-17-2010, 09:37 AM   #23
 
Also, should I remove my fish when I plant? I have two platies.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:06 PM   #24
 
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Responding to your last two posts, last first. No, don;t move the fish. Just plant the plants trying to disturb the substrate as little as necessary. Sometimes fish can be quite curious when something is going on in the tank; I always get a chuckle out of mine when I do major work at one end of a 4-foot tank, and the fish of course remain close to the opposite end. But as soon as my hand comes out of the water, there are several (some species more than others) that very quickly charge in and start poking around to see what I've been doing. Of course, there is also bits of food and such stirred up, so that intrigues them too.

On the light, get the 10w 6500K, that is ideal. The hood instructions means that nothing greater than a 25w can go in, and that was intended for normal incandescent bulbs. The reason is heat and energy. But CF bulbs are much lower in both. And being less watts they are fine; it is the upper (maximum) end you don't want to cross.

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Old 08-17-2010, 02:12 PM   #25
 
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On the light, get the 10w 6500K, that is ideal. The hood instructions means that nothing greater than a 25w can go in, and that was intended for normal incandescent bulbs. The reason is heat and energy. But CF bulbs are much lower in both. And being less watts they are fine; it is the upper (maximum) end you don't want to cross.

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Just to confirm, get only one 10w, right?
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:23 PM   #26
 
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Just to confirm, get only one 10w, right?
I gather there are sockets for two bulbs, so get two 10w bulbs; they prob come in packs of 2 anyway (mine did). It will make the light even. You can always reduce the duration a bit oif algae is an issue. On the other hand, if enough plants they will use it if you fertilize nutrients to balance. Or if you still think it's too much light, remove one bulb. You might be able to create a nice "shade" effect with one light over just the left or right side.

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Old 08-17-2010, 02:25 PM   #27
 
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I use 2 10W bulbs because 10W are the smallest bulbs I can find that fit the hood... The spirals often won't fit, so I have to use the ones that look like this.
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If spirals work, then by all means, use them.
My hood has two slots, and the only ones I can find are 10 watts each... so I use two.

No algae problems, so bust not be TOO much.
(They are full spectrum bulbs, and although they don't say it, by my eye they are around 6000-7000k. They're about $7 each at wal mart.)

Actually, byron, a 10W CFL and 10W Incandescent use the same amount of electricity. The CFL runs cooler, but a 25W hood can hold 2 25w bulbs, o matter the type.
Brings to mind the riddle, what weighs more a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers. :)

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Old 08-17-2010, 03:25 PM   #28
 
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Actually, byron, a 10W CFL and 10W Incandescent use the same amount of electricity. The CFL runs cooler, but a 25W hood can hold 2 25w bulbs, o matter the type.
Brings to mind the riddle, what weighs more a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers.

Absolutely, didn't mean to suggest that, not clear obviously. Member asked if using 10w when it said 25w was OK, I was concentrating on that aspect.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:28 PM   #29
 
I just got two 10 watt 6500k CFL bulbs. Now all I need to do is get that fertilizer...
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:02 PM   #30
 
Sorry for the double posts, but I just thought of something...

I just tested my tap water and it says the pH level is 7.2, but in my aquarium, the pH is 7.8. Would this have something to do with the nitrogen cycle?

And how do you lower the hardness of the water?
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