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Saber123316
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PostPosted: 2005.04.11(Mon)11:18    Post subject: Lighting in 10 gallon Reply with quote

I have a 10 gallon hood with incadescent lights and I am wondering would that be good with javamoss? I need help with lighting.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.11(Mon)11:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been told that java moss can grow in the dark. you should be fine.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.11(Mon)13:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incandescent lights will work in this setup. For a wider variety of plants though I would suggest screw in PC bulbs, or even a retrofit kit...
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PostPosted: 2005.04.11(Mon)21:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except I want them to grow fast w Universal SLS 20 which would give me about 15 watts pergallon would that be good?

also I am sick of the yellowish light that I got I would like it to be more whiter and look clearer
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PostPosted: 2005.04.12(Tue)6:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not familiar with the specific light you're talking about, but if you want to determine the color of a bulb, it is best to look at the Kelvin rating (Some people call this method worthless, but being a film geek I find it user friendly). 5500K is considered fairly close to daylight and is my personal choice. Lot of folks also use 6700Ks as well.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.12(Tue)10:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saber123316 wrote:
Except I want them to grow fast w Universal SLS 20 which would give me about 15 watts pergallon would that be good?

also I am sick of the yellowish light that I got I would like it to be more whiter and look clearer
You are going to use a 150w CF bulb on a 10g? Shocked Not going to work... All that will do is burn plants and grow tons of algae esp. as the bulbs are usually warm whites. LOL...

I think you meant to type 1.5 w per gallon?
The SLS 20 usually comes with a 20w bulb...
Seriously though. If you can find a phillips daylight or daylight plus bulb to swap for the default warm white, its much better for looks and growing plants. The 20w light will be perfect for java moss, ferns, etc.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.15(Fri)10:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got 25 watt incadescent bulbs for my tank that gives me 5 watts per gallon.
Yay
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PostPosted: 2005.04.16(Sat)1:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saber123316 wrote:
I got 25 watt incadescent bulbs for my tank that gives me 5 watts per gallon.
Yay


The wpg guideline only works with fluorescent lighting, not with incandescent lighting. IMHO, I'd suggest you get fluorescent lighting anyways, as incandescent lighting generates way too much heat, as well as being a tremendous energy waster
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PostPosted: 2005.04.16(Sat)6:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incandescent lights make so-so heaters and lousy lights on a planted tank. The watt per gallon rule is based on normal output florescent lights and US gallons.
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