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beetlebz 10-12-2007 12:20 PM

lighting question
My 110 tall has a VHO ballast in the hood, but I recently decided to use regular 40W (2) 48" T-12 full spectrum bulbs instead of VHO bulbs so I could keep the rainbow shark and loaches happy.

are there any plants that would enjoy that level of light, and am I going to have any algae issues using such a low light level for the bottom?

mgamer20o0 10-12-2007 06:34 PM

is it side by side or one or another.

Anubias java moss maybe java fern crypt

beetlebz 10-12-2007 07:10 PM

side by side, its only a 48" long tank

ZooTycoonMaster 10-12-2007 08:56 PM

That's less than 1 WPG :shock:

Java Moss/Fern, Crypts, and Anubias could probably survive these lighting conditions with no CO2.

beetlebz 10-13-2007 01:08 AM


Originally Posted by ZooTycoonMaster
That's less than 1 WPG :shock:

sure is :) i decided to go low light for the yoyo loaches i wanna get. besides, i tried 2 regular 40W shop light bulbs just to test the ballast out and it melted my eyeballs when i turned it on lol i think most of the fish will do just fine :D

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