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Old 10-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #1 
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Is this the rut kind of bulb for plants?

I'm sick of having to move the lights on top of my sorority just to open the lid every day, so I'm going to be caving and purchasing a real aquarium hood. But I'm not sure on the right bulbs. They don't have any 6500k daylight tubes at Walmart. And I've read about the 6700k being better than 6500k.

So would this bulb work good for plants? It's only 20 watts, and my tank is a 20 long. Would it be enough light? (The 24in bulb)
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...m?pcatid=12765

Or does anyone have any better suggestions that they can link to? I want my plants to be able to flourish in my tank, so I definitely want the correct lighting.

Edit...for some reason my ipad decided that when I typed right in the title, that I really meant rut...lol
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It looks good for low light plants! :)


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Old 10-21-2013, 08:32 PM   #3 
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The plants that I have are: various swords, anubias, hornwort, anacharis, water lettuce, duckweed, some stem plants that I'm not sure of the name, water sprite, rotala indica(sp?), java moss, marimo moss. I believe they are all low-med light plants.

Just one bulb will be okay? I thought i needed 2-3 watts per gallon?
But I don't see any higher watt bulbs like this. I've never used strip lights before for plants.
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Well the watt per gallon is fairly outdated ^_^

you need about 1w/gallon for low light plants, Considering the 20L is longer and shallower, it will allow for better penetration :) You will do just fine. I do worry a teensy bit about the Water lettuce taking over and shading the other plants, but that should be easily remedied through diligent removal


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Old 10-21-2013, 09:52 PM   #5 
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It already does over grow like crazy, but I just take the excess and put it into my pond, so it's not a big deal for me! I do the same thing with my snails, into the pond they go, haha. Thanks so much for your help!
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No problem :D I hope it all goes well for you!


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