Originally Posted by FuzzAz
Since aquaria are a hobby that can be enjoyed by everybody it makes sense to keep it in laymanís terms. And probably because most bulbs donít state their lumen output. Aside from that unless you accurately figure in reflector efficiency, water depth and turbidity, decay of the bulb, then youíre still just talking ballpark figures. In an ideal world everybody would own light meters and we would be talking in Lux. But thatís allot to ask for to somebody who just wants a few nice plants to look at. So it might make things clearer to a few but it would just confuse most people even more.
There is an article that I read I believe it was on the internet or my new Aquarium magazine
that talked about the Tank Depth not being a problem until you went past 3 ft...
Now I am not to sure if this is totally true.. but it does seem to me
the majority of people have tanks that are less than 2 ft deep....so
that would be a common factor for most..
I have been told the LESS the KV the better it is for plants then I read that the more the KV the
bulb has the better it is for the plants..
I swear.. I wish there was a RULE OF THUMB to go by.. so I guess I am like many others
TRIAL and ERROR... I will say this I have had some really good luck with the smaller tanks
that I have its the bigger tanks that I have worried about..
my 120G only had one lite strip when I got it..... and it was like that for about 3 weeks till
I was able to buy the second lite strip. so I bought one that has 2 lights in it and I bought
2 floura bulbs... they only have 32 watts each,,,???? I dont understand the bulb companies
WALMART sells a bulb . thats a for plants Cost a mear $7.00
and its puts out 40 watts.. SEEMS to me to be better.. ( BUT ) dont know how much the KV
out put is or what type of spectrum ? I know when lit the bulb is a yellow color and the new FLOURA
bulbs are bright BLUISH color.. BIG DIFFERENCE.....
what kind of bulbs are everyone else using? and how much do they cost and were did they buy them at?