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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.
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