whats my lighting like?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by mr. luke, 28 Dec 2008.

  1. mr. luke

    mr. luke Member

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    i have a 13gal tank with an 18w light and another 10w light.
    18w is a t8 and the 10 is a little halogen bulb :)
    any ideas on what leel this would be classed as and what sortof stems and carpet i could grow? currently it is willow and weeping moss, java fern and some basic gap filling stuff until i can change them :)
     
  2. GreenNeedle

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    Its most definately in the low light region due to the small size of tank. I wouldn't think the halogen light will be as efficient as the fluorescent either.

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  3. mr. luke

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    what sort of lighting should i be looking at to bump up to medium-high?
    i dont want leds or t5's due to cost :)
     
  4. Nick16

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    is it an open top tank?
     
  5. mr. luke

    mr. luke Member

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    nope, but it can be :p
     
  6. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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    a 24W power compact would be OK

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  7. mr. luke

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    thanks :D
    could you recomend one?
    how do led- lights fair? the aquaone aquabeam to be exact? ive never ventured much into lighting for plants :(
     
  8. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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    George Farmer has been using the TMC ones. someone else has too. Apparently they are quite good but I aint paying out that kinda money. lol

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  9. mr. luke

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    £90 is the cheapest i can find, but replacing 3 t8's per month soon adds up after a long time anyway, works out a fair knock cheaper in the long run :)
     
  10. GreenNeedle

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    Why do you need to replace 3 T8s each month? Yearly or longer on magnetic ballasts and twice yearly or longer on electronic ballasts.

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  11. mr. luke

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    ballasts? sorry :D another thing i dont understand :p
    my lfs just told me that i should replace my tubes every 6 months at least.
     
  12. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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    Did they say you need to buy a new tank, filter and heater each year too. lol

    Just kidding. I would question the LFS on this one. yearly for T8 2 yearly for T5 basically.

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  13. Ed Seeley

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    I've stopped replacing my tubes until they stop working completely or I notice they are dark! The plants seem to adapt fine as the light levels slowly fall. My T5s have been going for a year on my Rio and I have PCT5s that are nearly two years old. The plants grow fine, even 'tricky' ones!
     
  14. mr. luke

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    t8's it is then :p
    Im swapping some large 36'' tubes and controlers with a small lfs for some smaller ones this week some time so it should be all go after then :D
     

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