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Old 06-17-2011, 11:31 AM   #1 
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Is 18,000K TOO much?

Not a betta tank, but the question COULD apply to one.

I have a 38 gal. community, planted tank with a double strip light that will need the tubes replaced soon.

Found the AquaGlow 20 watt, 24" light I thought might do the job, but the K rating is 18,000!!! Too much or OK?

http://cgi.ebay.com/AQUA-GLO-AQUARIU...ht_2080wt_1270

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Old 06-17-2011, 02:12 PM   #2 
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Won't effect your fish but your plants (particularly the fast growing kind like Hornwort) may take over your tank,
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:45 PM   #3 
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Holy light, batman D8

I agree! But other plants will freak out and be happy! :P
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:18 PM   #4 
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Hmmmm - SO hard to decide!!!

Wondering if this full spectrum job with 6280K wouldn't be better:

http://www.lightbulbsdirect.com/Merc...roduct_Count=3
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:24 PM   #5 
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My plants like the near 6500k range...

How many plants do you have in that tank? A lot? :o
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:38 PM   #6 
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My plants like the near 6500k range...

How many plants do you have in that tank? A lot? :o
Not a TON, but some - LOL!!! And mostly low light plants, BUT I want to get an Amazon Sword as a centerpiece plant (if ya know what I mean). The lights I have now are from ZooMed. They are their plant grow light, but only have 5000-5500 K (can't remember exactly which).

Called Big Al's once I received them and asked about the lower K rating and was told it's not the K rating that is so important with plants, but the lumins and color range.

Maybe so, but I think my crypts should be doing better. And, yes, they get root tabs every few months. :)
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Ive heard OFL say that K rating is more important? D: Idk!

Hmm... Well, the higher K rating one would be a good excuse for getting more plants... ;D My swords do fine in 6500K :O
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:59 PM   #8 
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OK - what brand bulb/tube do you use?
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:13 PM   #9 
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I actually use a cheapo brand from Walmart- (Ikr? WALMART?!) called Lights of America. Its 10w, tubular and 6500K and only $5 or so dollars. I have them in all my tanks and it grows my plants like mad! I like em! 8D
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:30 PM   #10 
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Lion Mom,

I thought you were thinking of paying 18k for a tank set-up, LOL!

Perfectly reasonable, IMHO... if you're a public aquarium... or crazy rich (lucky you) ;D
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