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post #1 of 11 Old 02-26-2013, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Utility Lamp + Bucket?

I have a 29 gallon tank with only a 20W bulb on it. The plants are mostly low light. They are not thriving but there there is also no supplemented CO2 and a small fish load. I figure I should get a stronger light, but its on a long list of future purchases.

In the mean time, I would like to get my java moss booming. I would like it for breeding tanks. It's looking healthy but growing slow in the tank. Could I just throw that moss in a 5 gallon tank or a shallow 5 gallon bucket with a sponge filter and a utility lamp, with a 60W bulb, that one might use for their reptile or garage?
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post #2 of 11 Old 02-27-2013, 04:54 AM
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co2 is as important to a plant as light is, without co2 a plant cannot take up more nutrients or grow, there has to be a balance of everything and co2 seems to be what runs out first in the day.
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-27-2013, 05:11 AM
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With no CO2 enhancement (ie) Excel,DIY,injected,and low fish load,or fertz application,more light will only bring lot's of algae.
Dual T8 fixture for 29 gal I use...has two 17 watt T8 bulb's.Grow's plant's just fine.
Can't remember where I got it online."Can't remember @!%*" hardly anymore.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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co2 is as important to a plant as light is, without co2 a plant cannot take up more nutrients or grow, there has to be a balance of everything and co2 seems to be what runs out first in the day.
I am using some micro fertz. I'm going to try a DIY CO2 but will plants grow with a utility light?
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Depends on the kelvin rating.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-27-2013, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Depends on the kelvin rating.

Alright that makes sense. As someone suggested to me in another thread, the pig tail CFL ObamaBulbs rated 6.5 K would be acceptable?
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Depends on the kelvin rating.
plants will grow reguardless of kelven rating under a light if its got a good wattage to it. the plant just absorb 6.7k the best.
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-28-2013, 08:05 AM
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I'm using a 10w (40w incandescent equivalency) Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) on a 10 gallon tank. Lower light level but the Java Moss does very well. The bulb screws into an incandescent socket.
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-04-2013, 08:41 AM
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Sure, 60 watts over a bucket will work, but just dont use too much water... Do an emmersed setup. Id just do a daylight cfl
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Sure, 60 watts over a bucket will work, but just dont use too much water... Do an emmersed setup. Id just do a daylight cfl
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