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Old 10-23-2010, 06:43 PM   #21
 
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Could be that the water current moved them?
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:11 PM   #22
 
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Ok....Lamp set Number 2 GE Daylight 6500.... still seem kinda dull.
I was able to find the bulbs that I already have on the net:

All Glass Aquarium Co. Fluorescent Bulb 15 Watt 18 Inch
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All Glass Aquarium Co. Fluorescent Bulb 15 Watt 18 Inch
UPC: 015905653565
All-Glass Aquarium fluorescent replacement lamps are the perfect high quality solution for your replacement lamp needs. These energy efficient, T-8 fluorescent lamps have been engineered to provide an appealing and effective aquarium spectrum light. The 8,000K lamps highlight the vivid colors of aquatic plants and animals.

$9.04

This is what I already had... is 8,000 good for plants???
I love the way these bulbs look!!!!
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:22 PM   #23
 
I had no luck keeping java moss under the same standard lighting in a 55 gallon tank. IDK maybe you can do better then me, cuz I'm not someone who deals with low light. You are pushing 0.55 WPG in that tank with okay bulbs and pretty inefficient fixtures.

BTW WPG is not flawed. It was designed for T8 bulbs and that is what it works for, you factor higher for small tanks and lower for large tanks. It was a guideline designed to be simple for the hobby, just like the 1" per gallon guideline. Experience can take you beyond the guideline, there purpose is to give beginners the best shot at success while having fun.

There are tons of ways to measure light, the best way depends entirely on what purpose you want the light for. And as always light is a strongly disputed topic. I pick my bulbs based on certain factors, while I know others do differently. If you are talking about measuring light for the aquarium PAR is the best, but least available way to judge to quality of a bulb. You have PUR too, but that kinda overcomplicated things.
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Old 10-26-2010, 10:39 AM   #24
 
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Then no one better tell me plants that they don't get enough WPG, or I'll be in trouble. I really son't think there's a strict rule...

I've seen good growth in tanks with less than 1/3 WPG, and I've seen good growth with 6 WPG.

I do agree that it has its uses-1-2 WPG is a great starting point.

Of course, some people can't afford a brand new aquarium fixture to hold 4 tubes for a 50 gallon, and they should know they don't have to.

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There are tons of ways to measure light, the best way depends entirely on what purpose you want the light for. And as always light is a strongly disputed topic. I pick my bulbs based on certain factors, while I know others do differently. If you are talking about measuring light for the aquarium PAR is the best, but least available way to judge to quality of a bulb. You have PUR too, but that kinda overcomplicated things.
Well said.

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Old 10-26-2010, 08:15 PM   #25
 
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Ok....Lamp set Number 2 GE Daylight 6500.... still seem kinda dull.
I was able to find the bulbs that I already have on the net:

All Glass Aquarium Co. Fluorescent Bulb 15 Watt 18 Inch
[015905653565]

Click to enlarge

All Glass Aquarium Co. Fluorescent Bulb 15 Watt 18 Inch
UPC: 015905653565
All-Glass Aquarium fluorescent replacement lamps are the perfect high quality solution for your replacement lamp needs. These energy efficient, T-8 fluorescent lamps have been engineered to provide an appealing and effective aquarium spectrum light. The 8,000K lamps highlight the vivid colors of aquatic plants and animals.

$9.04

This is what I already had... is 8,000 good for plants???
I love the way these bulbs look!!!!
The GE Daylight 6500K will be good light for the plants and true colour rendition. The All Glass are what I mentioned earlier, too little intensity and high in red and blue with no green so the tank turns purplish. Mine that came with the new fixtures (All Glass fixtures are in my view very well made) went straight to recycling afdter I lit them up. Your GE will be fine.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:52 PM   #26
 
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I have added some plants.... now everything is alive in my tank (cept the decorations LOL )
I put up a couple of pics.
I realy like the Banana plant
The fish seem to like the new setup !!!!!

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...php#aImage2574
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