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Old 11-16-2012, 03:19 PM   #21 
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Well, i'm not sure just how much you can spend on lighting, if you want to go with the most bang for your $, I would just put the glass canopy on the tank and go to Lowes or whatever and get a shop drop light or two, put in a 24 watt 6500k cfl or two and just put them right over or on the glass.

Do you know if they have any 16"

Thats all I can use.
I mean I can get a bigger one but it won't look right and it will be too big.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #22 
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Also root tabs are fine to use. I have used Seachem root tabs as well as these blood and bone Aussie made ones. Because they gradually break down, if you don't bury them properly or you disturb the substrate they are in they can leech out slightly into the water column and sometimes give off a slightly 'rotten egg' smell.

However, my clay blood and bone ones have come right out of the substrate and my plants just grow over the top of them and have not had any issues with water quality or clarity because of it.

I always use root tabs for plants like swords and crypts. Flourite itself is just an inert, clay based substrate. All it is good for is pulling nutrients out of the water column and into the substrate. So if you are not dosing fertilisers it is really going to do zilch for your plants.

Well I won't me messing with the substrate unless I'm adding a plant but I'd empty all of the water out first so the soil doesn't go everywhere/
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:48 PM   #23 
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Do you know if they have any 16"

Thats all I can use.
I mean I can get a bigger one but it won't look right and it will be too big.
Sorry my bad, I wasn't really clear ...by shop light I was referring to the cone type that you use a screw in lamp in... google incandescent portable work light
they are super cheap to buy, and with a 24 watt 6500k cfl or two you could grow just about anything.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:05 PM   #24 
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Sorry my bad, I wasn't really clear ...by shop light I was referring to the cone type that you use a screw in lamp in... google incandescent portable work light
they are super cheap to buy, and with a 24 watt 6500k cfl or two you could grow just about anything.

I have one of those but the use up a lot of electricity supposedly, right?

I just got a new lamp and am using the bulb I had in that light. It might fit those requirements. I like the glass but I'm not sure about the cone. I'll try it out, thank you C:
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:09 PM   #25 
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A 24 watt cfl will use ..24 watts so no it's very cheap to run.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #26 
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A 24 watt cfl will use ..24 watts so no it's very cheap to run.

Cool, I'll test it out when i get off work.
I can't bring anything back becauseI lost the reciept so I'm going to keep the bulb in case I need it in the long run and I really like the peacock fern so I'm going to plant it.
Could I plant it in a vase?
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:28 PM   #27 
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You bought the lamp ( the one that fizzled out) oh, they will take it back without a receipt....take it back and if the sales clerk says no kindly ask for the manager. You might not get cash back, they may give store credit... still better than nothing.
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You bought the lamp ( the one that fizzled out) oh, they will take it back without a receipt....take it back and if the sales clerk says no kindly ask for the manager. You might not get cash back, they may give store credit... still better than nothing.
Not the lamp, but the bulb.
The fixture came with the aquarium I bought from someone on Craigslist.
Maybe they will let me trade bulbs...0.o
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:52 PM   #29 
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English isn't my first language, sorry by lamp I meant bulb... and yes if it was a dud maybe a new one will solve all of the problems.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:59 PM   #30 
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English isn't my first language, sorry by lamp I meant bulb... and yes if it was a dud maybe a new one will solve all of the problems.

It's all gravy C:

I'm going to try that and if it still doesn't work then it's obvious it's the fixture.
I'm still going to test the other fixture I have just in case I change my mind. lol
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