Should I use my autinic/blue PC's

LightHouse G

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here is my lighting set up and I was wonder if I should use autinic/blue PC's?

Lighting: (4) 96 watt PC ( only using two 10k/6500k ) the other two are blue/autinic are not on and I would like to use them because I like the look of my tank with them on. Will they cause an algea outbreak even if my EI method is correct?
 

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Hi,
Yes will have an algae outbreak if you tank size is much less than about 150 gallons, and if your CO2 is sub-par. Same rule applies. 400 watts T5 is an awful lot of light, especially since you probably have reflectors, right? :wideyed:

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yes there are reflectors and my Co2 seems to be spot on. Should I be thinking about bumping up the Co2/Ferts with the extra lights? or just leave it alone with the 192watts?

I know it's more light than nessesary but I got a really good deal with this fixture and I wanted a fixture that would cover the span of my tank.
 

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Ummm...yeah, I think about bumping up my CO2 every day. It's a good practice to question your CO2 levels constantly. Being comfortable thinking that it's spot on normally leads to trouble because there is no way you can tell really. Just a 5-10% growth in the plants can cause a huge uptake demand that wasn't there previously while at the same time that extra growth can cause more flow blockage - and the plants will be that much closer to the light which further increases demand. So this is a triple whammy that is exacerbated by megawattage.

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