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Your comments on my inquiry to AH Supply
Below is a copy of an inquiry I sent to AH Supply
Are these acceptable light levels for a planted tank using PMDD fertilizer
and CO2 addition?
What color temperature would you recommend? They have 5300, 6700, and
10,000 deg in the 55 watt bulbs, and 5000, 6700, and 10,000 in the 96 watt
Any comments you have would be greatly appreciated. BTW, the delivered
cost, including bulbs, for the 2 x 96 kit is $208, and the 4 x 55 kit is
$233. I will build the enclosure, as I ran across some beautiful red oak
plywood I just could not pass up.
From: Douglas Guynn [SMTP:dguynn at nwol_net]
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2001 4:18 AM
To: 'info at ahsupply_com'
Subject: Your recommendations, please
I have a 70 gallon 48L x 18W x 18D.
Using the Brite Kits, how much light do I need for a planted aquarium. I am
aware of the 3 to 4 watts per gallon rule common in the hobby. Using the
reflectors you provide should cut this down some.
My first guess was the 2 x 96 kit would probably be adequate. This would
result in 192 actual watts over the tank. Using the 162% figure from your
website, this would be equivalent to 311 watts. This results in 4.4 watts
Second guess was one 4 x 55 kit. This results in 220 watts, or 356 watts
equivalent, 5.1 watts/gallon.
The difference would be coverage. The 2 x 96 watt kit would install with
the back bulb on one side (left or right) of the hood, and the front bulb
on the other side. This may result in dark spots in the corners where there
is no bulb, as the bulb is 12 inches shorter than the hood. I could mount
the bulbs in the center of the length of the hood, leaving a 6 inch gap on
The 4 x 55 watt kit would install with one bulb front left, one front
right, one rear left, and one rear right. The 21 inch bulbs would leave a 5
inch gap in the center of the tank. As above, I could move the bulbs one or
two inches from the end, leaving a smaller gap in the center, with an
equally small gap at the ends.
Is the corner/end coverage issue a significant concern? Which setup would
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