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Old 11-26-2003, 12:07 PM
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Default Lighting a 20"x19"x10" planted tank.

I have a 20"x19"x10" tall tank with an Eclipse 1 system. The ligthing includes 2 x 15W bulbs. I am afraid that would not be enough for a lushly planted aquascape. Any recommendations to bring the light output to standards?
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PS: Tank has a plenum, with a dual layer of eco-complete substrate + tahitian moon sand on top. Also include a CO2 Natural Plant System
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Old 11-26-2003, 10:55 PM   #2
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30watts should be enough light for the normal plant life in a FW aquarium.
I only have a 40 watt on my 72 gallon bow front and I have to trim every week.
I truly believe that the sand you add to your tank is just as important and enough light.
If you ever see a bag called Texas sand use that as it is cheap and works great.
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Default Re: Lighting a 20"x19"x10" planted tank.

Just like reefs, lighting really depends on what the heck you put in there.

I have a Eclipse 6 (6 gallon) with 18 watts of PC lamps in it. Check it out in the freshwater X section.

The reedy Lilaeopsis brasiliensis plant that I started with was a mistake. The LFS and I didn't know anything about it and it died off over a month. I hunted down info and sure enough it has strong light requirements. Ignorance is no excuse, I screwed up, know your plants.

The najas and the other stuff I have in there are doing great though with the 3 watts per gallon I have.
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Default Re: Lighting a 20"x19"x10" planted tank.

Hi guys,
Thanks for all the info

I agree that one should know each plant requirements. I guess I'll stick with low to medium light elements.
I'll post photos once the tank is fully setup, and will keep you updated.

Here is the rule of thumb I have found about light levels:

1.5 - 2W/gal: low light
2 - 3W/gal: medium light
3 or more W/gal: bright light

By the way, Matt, thanks for this superb Web site! And yes, I did read all about FreshwaterX. As a matter of fact, that was my inspiration to start my own tank
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[quote author=cmontana link=board=Freshwater;num=1069888065;start=0#3 date=11/27/03 at 12:25:46]By the way, Matt, thanks for this superb Web site! And yes, I did read all about FreshwaterX. As a matter of fact, that was my inspiration to start my own tank *[/quote]

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What are these plants Matt?
They grow like weeds and I use no CO2.
40 watts of light in a 72 oceanic bow.

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Nice tank!

My first guess on the plants would be some kind of Micranthemum.
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[glow=blue, 2, 300]Some times the new leafs will have a reddish tint to them if that helps.[/glow]
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Those are hygrophilia. If the come in real there sunset hygro. I have both.
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Those are hygrophilia. If the come in real red they are sunset hygro. I have both.
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