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Re: CF lighting questions

In a message dated 2/21/02 2:57:31 PM Central Standard Time, 
Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:

> >A couple of questions; Do CF lights last longer than regular T-12 Flo
> >lights?  And a second question, I'm getting conflicting opinions from
> >various on-line sellers on this point; do I need more than 2-3 watts per
> >gallon of light to grow plants well in a 30" deep tank?

I am not much of a personality, but I will try on answer from what I know.  
:)  My understanding is that CF lights keep their spectrums and last longer 
than NO bulbs.  I would check out thekrib.com and Ivo Busko's site, which I 
do not know where it is or if he has some stuff on thekrib.com and maybe 
check with AHSupply.com too.  
As for the 30" high tank, I would start with around 2-3 watts per gallon of 
CF lighting and add as needed.  I have a 24" high tank with a little more 
than 3," and I cannot even keep the algae away enough, growth not being an 
issue at all presently.  I have found CF lighting to be WAY brighter that NO. 
 If you go with NO, I would start with 3-4 WPG and work up, and the 
effectiveness will in part depend on other factors such as your bulbs, 
lighting cycles, etc.

Good Luck,

Don Lee

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