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Washy
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PostPosted: 2011.02.22(Tue)17:01    Post subject: Looking for T5 system. Reply with quote

I'm looking to get a T5 fixture for my standard 10 gallon aquarium. The only fixtures I have found that fit though are 24 inches since I couldn't find any 18's whose legs extend far enough. Any suggestions on systems? I'm Preferably looking only for a double lamp fixture.
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DaleJr
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PostPosted: 2011.02.23(Wed)14:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you planning on growing?
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Washy
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PostPosted: 2011.02.24(Thu)15:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I already ordered this one http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaticLife_T5_HO_Light_Link_Fixture_Marine_24_Inch_T5_Fluorescent_Light_Fixtures-AquaticLife-AK01138-FILTFIT54U-vi.html but I was planning on a low maintenance set up with crypts, anubias, java fern, javamoss, and vals. Currently I have a standard T8 15 watt bulb on it but I wasn't really getting growth at a fast enough rate if at all.
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PostPosted: 2011.02.25(Fri)11:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Washy wrote:
but I was planning on a low maintenance set up with crypts, anubias, java fern, javamoss, and vals. Currently I have a standard T8 15 watt bulb on it but I wasn't really getting growth at a fast enough rate if at all.


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news bro but you have gone from LOW maintenance to extremely HIGH.

1st thing is you will need to replace the Anatic bulb (420/460nm) with either a 6700K or 10K. A SINGLE T5NO would have been just fine for a 10gal tank. You know have 48W over a 10gal, I have 108 on a 75. See the problem.
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PostPosted: 2011.02.25(Fri)15:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaleJr wrote:


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news bro but you have gone from LOW maintenance to extremely HIGH.

1st thing is you will need to replace the Anatic bulb (420/460nm) with either a 6700K or 10K. A SINGLE T5NO would have been just fine for a 10gal tank. You know have 48W over a 10gal, I have 108 on a 75. See the problem.
Oh no, I ordered the 20 inch(2 18 watt) and was only going to use one of the bulb slots, yeah that would be way too much.
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PostPosted: 2011.02.25(Fri)16:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Washy wrote:
Oh no, I ordered the 20 inch(2 18 watt) and was only going to use one of the bulb slots, yeah that would be way too much.


18 watts of T5HO?
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PostPosted: 2011.02.25(Fri)16:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaleJr wrote:
Washy wrote:
Oh no, I ordered the 20 inch(2 18 watt) and was only going to use one of the bulb slots, yeah that would be way too much.


18 watts of T5HO?
yes, don't tell me I still did something wrong. Embarassed
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PostPosted: 2011.02.28(Mon)15:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are still going to have a few problems...Here's a chart I have referenced a few times.

You would be the 1-T5HO. So what you want to do is determine the distance from the light to the top of the substrate and this is give you your PAR











HOPE all this helps
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PostPosted: 2011.02.28(Mon)16:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ment to mention this:::

This is a 10 gal tank so the height is 12inches. The first 3 is your situation.

On top of the tank TOO HIGH
4 in above the tank HIGH This is what I suggest
12 in above the tank 1 bulb LOW / 2 HIGH

So you are really going to need some high demading plants..and plants that grow fast. You do not need slow growers like Anubias.

Water-Sprite
Brazilian Water Weed

You are going to have to use Ferts and Excel to keep the algae away.
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KhiaraFish
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PostPosted: 2011.03.01(Tue)13:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could also lower the light range a little with a floating plant like amazon frogbit or giant duckweed. I have 2 t5 bulbs over my 30 gallon, and everything grows really nicely. I have the light about 2inches over the water surface (it is an open tank). Then I have a nice layer of duckweed, and giant duckweed. Under the duckweed I'm growing medium to high light plants.

I have:
Dwarf Hairgrass - Eleocharis parvula
Pygmy Chain Sword - Echinodorus tenellus
Amazon Sword - Echinodorus amazonicus
Vallisneria - Vallisneria spiralis
Cabomba - Cabomba caroliniana
Purple Cabomba - xxxxxxxxxx
And Stargrass - Heteranthera zosterifolia

These are all doing exceptionally well. I am not dosing C02, or an alternate carbon source. I dose Leaf Zone Liquid fertilizer every second or third day, and have root tabs in my sand substrate.
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