02-27-2010, 09:03 PM
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Ok so after seeing the "cheap retrofit" in the DIY forum, I decided to do that. I am actually out in my husband's woodworking shed on the laptop right now working on it, with my sister watching the kids, LOL. Thanks to you all about the light temps and such, and steering me away from what the LFS said, I think this is going to work out a lot better.
I had (before I started this!) 2 18" 15w T8's. I have a lot of Amazon Swords, Argentine swords, plus now I have a few grasses and Ludwigia. I want my Ludwigia to keep the red color so I definitely think it needs more light, especially with how sllloooooowwwwwww things are growing. I mean, I havea cpl of Corkscrew Vals, but if having more light for ALL the other plants means stunting the Vals some, then so be it.
I will have 4 CFLs after this is done, all being the "daylight" @ 6500K. I did get the 15w bulbs, they also put 900 lumens each, and I have a homemade aluminum reflector. Think that wattage/lumens sounds about right? If not I can easily remedy that by returning them for a smaller wattage. So that would be, 60w & 3600 lumens total.
ETA: I know this has nothing to do with the lighting, but I got a new blue/black solid background. I'm tired of all the plants and fish "blending in" to it. Hubby picked out the previous background. But this is MY tank. LOL!
I also have Water Wisteria in there.
Last edited by trukgirl; 02-27-2010 at 09:07 PM..