Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/)
-   Beginner Planted Aquarium (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/beginner-planted-aquarium/)
-   -   Utility Lamp + Bucket? (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/beginner-planted-aquarium/utility-lamp-bucket-130143/)

Hankj 02-26-2013 10:43 PM

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?

MoneyMitch 02-27-2013 04:54 AM

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.

1077 02-27-2013 05:11 AM

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.

Hankj 02-27-2013 10:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 1447217)
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?

jentralala 02-27-2013 11:51 AM

Depends on the kelvin rating.

Hankj 02-27-2013 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jentralala (Post 1447487)
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?

MoneyMitch 02-27-2013 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jentralala (Post 1447487)
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.

equatics 02-28-2013 08:05 AM

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.

redchigh 03-04-2013 08:41 AM

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
Posted via Mobile Device

MoneyMitch 03-05-2013 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 1454070)
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
Posted via Mobile Device

+1 ana lol@ whoever called them obamabulbs


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:55 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2