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debacle 10-07-2010 08:57 PM

3 way CFL's at 6500 K on my Ten Gallon
well i took a very cheap set up and customize the heck out of it
i have a Rena xP3 175 U.S. gal : 350 U.S. gal/hr (660L 1,350L/hr)basically filtering at about 10 percent of its normal rate, by circulating alot of its flow back into itself with ball valves. flourite, and a few plants.
mainly what i did was rip out the fixtures that were under the hood, and installed two 3 way light socket fixtures. and put a
Bright Effects 50-100-150 Watt 3 Way Twist CFL

equating to 12w,21w, or 32 watss per bulb, whatever i choose at 6500 K

heres some pictures, i know i'm going to need CO2

so whats everyone think about that????

redchigh 10-08-2010 10:26 AM

Why do you think you will need CO2?

Several beautiful tanks are posted around on these forums... Most of them use the low tech method. No supplemental CO2, a weekly dose of Flourish Comprehensive, and lower lighting...

Good growth (admittedly not explosive) but low maintenance.. I like it.

In the aquarium plants forum, look for byron's stickies at the top. "A natural approach to the planted aquarium".

debacle 10-08-2010 06:31 PM

thanks for the response
yeah , well i'm not buying the hype they put out about florescent and led bulb ratings, so i'm using 64 watts, and its a three way florescent , so if i get to much light, i can turn it down a notch and it up at 48 watts, and then if thats to much i can turn it down another notch and get to 24 watts. sooooo we will seee!!!

how do you consider a snail in the aquarium as far as oxygen consumption???

badxgillen 10-08-2010 08:10 PM

sounds good you got any pics???

debacle 10-08-2010 08:23 PM

i'll take a few more

BEARitone 10-10-2010 03:15 PM

Hah, I have that hood. Probably the same tank.

Cool idea modding for brighter lights. What are you planning on keeping in there?

debacle 10-11-2010 01:01 AM

i have a few oto cats, a few siamese algae eaters, a leapard fish, and a pictus cat and two guppys. i am setting up a 55 gallon.... driftwood, rocks, flourite, HID lighting, CO2 ph controller, and a bunch of other stuff, looking at trying discus

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