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post #11 of 14 Old 08-21-2012, 04:14 PM
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The ideal bulbs for that fixture will look something like this-


Dwarf sag has worked the best for me, perhaps it's my water supply. Dwarf hairgrass can work in low light if you have a sandy or fine substrate, but it will grow extremely slowly.

On the wpg debate, I believe depth has a lot more importance than gallon.. What are the dimensions of the tank? (Height, width, and depth front to back)

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-22-2012, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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I am not a fan of true "carpet" plants, as I do not like the substrate covered but prefer it somewhat open which is more natural. But by "carpet" I am meaning the true substrate covers. Pygmy chain sword and chain sword I have in most of my tanks as the "foreground" plants, or some of the crypts also work. You can get reddish/brownish crypts.

If your tank is 20 inches in length, it is likely a 10 gallon. And with an incandescant (screw-in bulb type) lighting fixture. I have this over my 10g and 20g, and I use two GE 10w Daylight 6500K CFL bulbs.

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I meant 20 inches in height 24 in lenght and 12 in width. Sorry, should of made that clear.

So I'll use it as a foreground, and we'll see what else happens.
Now I'm wondering what an all red tank would look like. . .

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I'll find a picture, I looked at the lights at Pet cetera (so expensive!) and they were all way too long. There were like the one you showed, Redchigh.
It looks like this, just not blue (I'll get a picture later)
http://fish-lighting.com/wp-content/...ight-bulbs.jpg

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I'll find a picture, I looked at the lights at Pet cetera (so expensive!) and they were all way too long. There were like the one you showed, Redchigh.
It looks like this, just not blue (I'll get a picture later)
http://fish-lighting.com/wp-content/...ight-bulbs.jpg
I see you're in Canada like me...avoid Petcetera unless they are going out of business and stuff is on sale. They are very expensive. At least the one closest to me is. Petsmart is much better for prices. Or Big Al's if you have one near you. Or for even more savings, online; I'm now buying my Seachem plant additives, filter pads, even some fish foods online because Ieven with maybe $9 shipping, I am saving $50-$70 buying these in one go.

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