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Old 05-20-2013, 05:18 AM   #11
 
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Only way to find out is try there is no this plant will work or this one wont experiential and see what works for you
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:12 AM   #12
 
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Could jungle vals manage with the one bulb that I have? I would like to try them
Probably mine grew fine with a ton of floaters and shade.
BTW if you have soft water Jungle Val may not fare very well for you regardless of your lighting.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:07 AM   #13
 
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With fluorescent tubes, wattage is fixed to tube length. They are not like CFLs were you can get different values.

A 48" T8 is 32 watts each.


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I have a 125 gallon which is only 2 inches deeper. Having the exact same issue with dual T8's. (A 125g is 6 feet long)

I'm about at the point where I'm going to just let Water Sprite cover the surface and only have ultra low light plants below (Java Fern & Anubias).

The only way I could make it work I think would be to elevate the lights, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. I don't want them hanging from my ceiling.

If only they made affordable single T5HO fixtures. That's 1.5x the intensity of a T8 and would be perfect I think.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:31 AM   #14
 
I'm doing something similar now. I've got wisteria and pennywort floating covering the entire surface with a bunch of anubias a crypt and an amazon sword below.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:34 PM   #15
 
Reading through the messages, I don't think I saw a suggestion to raise the lights higher or try window screening covering the light's output. I would try the screening first, then maybe a foot higher on the lights without the screening. Remember, too, that, especially with plants that are growing slow, it may take a little time before you get the results.

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Old 06-01-2013, 03:29 PM   #16
 
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If only they made affordable single T5HO fixtures. That's 1.5x the intensity of a T8 and would be perfect I think.
you can make your own t5ho fixture by making it yourself. some wire, a t5 ballast, and some end caps. prob cost around 50 bucks depending on where you get you stuff at. you simply buy the shop like thats a single and mount it in a wooden box that rest on top. just have to be creative
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:04 PM   #17
 
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you can make your own t5ho fixture by making it yourself. some wire, a t5 ballast, and some end caps. prob cost around 50 bucks depending on where you get you stuff at. you simply buy the shop like thats a single and mount it in a wooden box that rest on top. just have to be creative
They do make single T5's. kensfish.com carries them
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