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Old 08-10-2013, 02:15 AM   #21
 
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I could probably research through my posts and find out. XD but yea it probably is. I don't think I ran it more than a year though. Hmm.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:04 AM   #22
 
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Freshwater Aqualight T5 Dual Fluorescent Light - 48 in.


How about this? :D I think it would be a minor upgrade, and not too expensive. Any opinions?

It seems like a good compromise to get slightly more light, without going into high light.

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Old 08-11-2013, 10:25 PM   #23
 
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:29 PM   #24
 
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It might be alright but you may need more fast grow plants and floaters (sorry forgot what plants you have now?) to avoid algae.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:30 PM   #25
 
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Hmmm okay. How much more light do you think that would give me? I'm estimating about like 1.75x? Actually maybe more like double, at least, huh?

I have swords, crypts, anubias, and java fern which I can't keep alive to save my life, and a struggling red tiger lotus.

I also recently got vallisneria (jungle I think) and hygrophila augustifolia
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:13 PM   #26
 
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I would say double from what you have now.

You should see a difference in plant growth with that light compared to what you have now.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #27
 
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But likely not much algae growth?

I may get it just to try it, and if it's too much I could reduce the photoperiod or get floating plants (or get window screening but I feel like I'm wasting electricity by doing that). I feel like it's better to have more light to work with and reduce it as necessary because if you start with too little you can't easily increase it without replacing it. But I may still just replace my bulbs and see how it goes and then buy a new fixture if growth is too slow. It did work before, I just feel the growth could be even better. I'm not sure if I want to waste 40$ replacing the bulbs as an experiment. Hmm -rambling-
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:28 PM   #28
 
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I can't say yay or nay on the algae it certainly is a possibility but you can control it with different ways such as you mentioned.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:28 PM   #29
 
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haha! You sound like me. I get so indecisive! I'm willing to bet that your bulbs need replacing. That aside, the plants you have WILL do better with a bit more light. I know this, because mine would, too - even though they're growing well.

I'm still really no help with lighting. . .

BUT. . . you'll have a lot more options available to you with brighter light, and if it does turn out to be too much light, there are ways to fix it - some of which you mentioned above. You've had your tank a while, you know it pretty well, and you'll be watching. Algae doesn't take over everything in a heartbeat. Faster with brighter light, but I'm sure you'll see it, and make the needed changes, before it gets out of hand. It might throw you off for a little while, but you'll figure it out. We always do, eventually! And, in the future, you'll have a bit more wiggle room for different types of plants, if you choose to take that route. :)

Good luck with your decision!
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:43 PM   #30
 
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Haha. Oh gosh, I'm the most indecisive person you'll ever meet! I guess I should just go with something and get it over with. ;)


Yes I'm excited to try some more varieties (although... cough... I really don't have a ton of room), and maybe my red tiger lotus will come back if I do it soon enough (it's sending out tiny, tiny leaves with short stems...). I had this tank set up in the past but it hasn't been running too long since I re-did it. Maybe slow but steady growth is better than out of control growth and potential algae problems.

I also don't want it to be too bright for my angels. It's only about 16" deep from the top of the tank to top of the gravel. :P

Eh, I'll make up my mind eventually and probably be happy with it. ;) I wish I had unlimited money.
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