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Old 05-17-2011, 12:58 PM   #1 
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Plant-Friendly Light for Hawkeye 5g?

Because, despite my planting successes, I'm still getting an algae problem.

Like, permanently fast-growing brown diatoms, everywhere. Last thing I can think to change in my setup is the light. Right now I'm using the one that came with the Hawkeye 5g.

Looking to get to a Petco tomorrow and replace it with one that's good for plants, but not as bright as what I have. Whatever it is I have. I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to lighting.

What should I be looking for at Petco? (or Lowes, one right there too).

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Old 05-17-2011, 03:59 PM   #2 
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For plants in a 5gal- you want a 6500k 10-15w bulb...

Diatom could be due to either- new setup, old bulbs or wrong kelvin
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:43 PM   #3 
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If it's the Hawkeye 5g from Walmart, that comes with a 9w 5000k bulb.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:52 PM   #4 
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Same problem with me and my five g.I hope because is a new set up.How long have you had yours ?Keep me posted.I'm ignorant ( new) with everything.Wish you luck.Diana
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For plants in a 5gal- you want a 6500k 10-15w bulb...

Diatom could be due to either- new setup, old bulbs or wrong kelvin
is that your pic of your tank looks wonderful !!!Diana
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:12 PM   #6 
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is that your pic of your tank looks wonderful !!!Diana
In my avatar...yes...you should look at the ones in my album too....

9w is good..watts is more related to energy used by the bulb and a general guideline for plants...kelvin is more important when it comes to live plants- 5000k is not enough for live plants long term...they will struggle to use that kelvin.....some of the lower light plants like ferns, moss and anubias and even cyrpts and some floating plants might do okay short term....long term lighting to get best plant growth 6500-6700k is used best by the plants for energy to grow....
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:26 PM   #7 
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OLF !! Wow...I been looking even posted on greglist for 55 gal, or little bigger.Your tank are awesome.Do you use CO2 ?I don't want do that.But will to get better growth on plants.I feed mine now.Doing good but tanks are still so young.lol I'm right now going to study lights for plants.Thanks You..I'm sure I have ? for you. Diana S
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:42 PM   #8 
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No CO2...all natural planted with soil substrate...don't even use plant food...have added homemade clay balls for the roesette plants and of course fish and other livestock waste...but thats it....
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:46 PM   #9 
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I bought this one for my Hawkeyes. It just fits.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FVR3QK
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No CO2...all natural planted with soil substrate...don't even use plant food...have added homemade clay balls for the roesette plants and of course fish and other livestock waste...but thats it....
My kind of tank !! have ever heard of Azoimite ? it's a type of clay.My sister puts in her little tanks.There's few people here ( Ozarks)that use it.Just wondering.Diana
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