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Old 01-13-2011, 06:03 PM   #21
 
I got a flora-glo 2700k and I was wondering if this would cas an algae spike in a 38 gallon with 2 plecos... also with some plants
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:29 PM   #22
 
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I wish I had seen this before you bought the light bulb. If you can take it back to were you bought I would then go to Lowes, Home Depot, or Walmart and get you a 6500 Daylight bulb they are about $8.00 and are the best thing to get for plants and your fish will look awesome as well. I had the bulb you have now and I did not like the way it made my fish look and my plants did not grow well either even though it is suspose to be a plant light.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:47 AM   #23
 
thank you because you saved me about 10 dollars... I can stiil take it back so I will do that soon and try to go to home depot soon. Again thank you
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:49 AM   #24
 
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Good, I agree with Amanda completely. GE, Sylvania and Phillips all make "daylight" tubes with a kelvin rating around 6500K. Phillips calls them "Daylight Deluxe" but just look for the K. You want the size tube that fits your fixture, measure the existing tube end to end (excluding the prongs) and that is what you want. In a T8 if you can, but a T12 will do. "T" refers to the diameter of the tube, T8 are narrower and being "newer" they are more efficient.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:10 PM   #25
 
Okay thanks again that saved me some money... also would can I keep a few plants with out aqua soil. Just a top layer of sand and a bottom layer of medium sized rocks?
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:38 PM   #26
 
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Okay thanks again that saved me some money... also would can I keep a few plants with out aqua soil. Just a top layer of sand and a bottom layer of medium sized rocks?
Yes to the question on plants not needing special soil. But I would not mix sand and gravel, as the two will mix together and the sand will be on the bottom and gravel on top. I would also use only one substrate, my personal preference is small grain gravel, grain size about 1-2 mm, in a dark or natural colour. This works best for plants and bacterial activity essential in the substrate. Many do use sand, but it is more likely to compact (the deeper the more it compacts).
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:29 PM   #27
 
I am afraid that I can't do anything about that
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:47 AM   #28
 
I got a common hornwort and I like the way it looks. The light does make the fish look better. I alos have a bamboo plant in there
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:24 PM   #29
 
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Could we get a picture? We love pictures. LOL
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:33 PM   #30
 
maybe, I might not be able to, I will probably get more plants and then I wil try to get the photo up if i do not
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