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Old 04-26-2013, 10:31 PM   #1 
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Planning 2nd NPT, sufficient lights?

So now that I have my new spec V all set up, I'm thinking of trying to convert my other tanks to NPTs as well.
The next up will be my 10 gallon. It has a hood with two 25-watt 6500k fluorescent bulbs.
Will this be good enough for the plants I decided that I want? I'd rather not have to buy a new light system, and I kind of like the having a hood.

Plants I want in the tank:
-a bunch of wisteria
-a bunch of camomba
-frogbit
-4-5 ludwigia natans
-1 hygrophilia polysperma
-1 hygrophilia corymbosa
-1 cryptocoryne wendtii
-1 corkscrew val
-1 sagittaria chilensis
-lots for dwarf hair grass
-1 anubias

It'll probably be at least a month before I start putting this together. I have to recover from all the plants I bought for the spec....plus I have pricey custom painted headphones coming soon too.

Also, while I'm at it, my other 5 gallon tank has a hood with one 15w 6500k bulb. Will that be good for the same plants? I probably won't tackle that tank for at least another couple months....possibly after October if I can't get it done in time to let it go without a water change for a week.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:54 AM   #2 
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Are they regular house lights you can get from Walmart? What I want to know is where did you find a hood that can fit those lights?

The hood I've got can only fit those dinky little 10w fluorescents.

*Sorry I didn't have much to add. >.<*
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:29 AM   #3 
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The 10g hood is an aquoen, and I got it from Petsmart.
Here's a link:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
If I absolutely have to get new lights, I'd rather wait and save up more to get an LED light like the Finnex FugeRay or something similar.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:32 AM   #4 
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Two 25w flourescant bulbs is already extremely bright... I don't thInk any plant will not have enough light, and a few plants will have too much light. Be sure to have decorations for you fish to hide in if it istoo bright.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:05 AM   #5 
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Too much? Then would I be able to replace a couple of the plants I picked for one or two red plants with higher light requirements?
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:55 PM   #6 
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higher light tanks are much much MUCH harder to keep then lower light tanks, you have medium to high light as is. I would go for it trial and error. some plants will work some wont. I can see algae becoming a problem for you though with all that light =X fert and co2 balance is also crucial to the success of a NPT and at that much light your gunna prob have issues.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:35 PM   #7 
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I do have a bit of an algae problem in that tank now, so I'd expect that much when its planted. Co2 has always sounded like more of a headache than I think I'm ready for so if I change the 2 bulbs to 15 watts, does that lower the light level enough to get low-med light and not need the co2? The hood says it'll take either 15w or 25w.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:51 PM   #8 
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go with the smaller amount of light. algae is caused by imbalance in light Co2 and fert.
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