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Re: [APD] A lighting and nutrient question...
> Compact fluorescents are a better alternative than metal halides in my
> opinion, and tha tis what many or most of us use. The lighting your
> is not just a little high -- this is high light in a tank that size. Such
> setup will require much more care and experience to maintain than a lower
> wattage setup. George Booth, Tom Barr, Scott Hieber, Karen Randall and a
> of other people can pull off setups like this -- they are very
> I think such a setup would be a challenge for a person who knows so little
> that she would let someone else design her system for her.
> The relationship beween tank size and "ideal" lighting as expressed in
> watts per gallon is not linear. The watts per gallon rule doesn't work
> particularly well. See http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Tech/Lighting/ and
> http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/Tech/Lighting/comments.html . With larger
> tanks a lower WPG works better.
OK, I'll try not to take personal offense to your insinuation that I would
have not done the reading myself. Personally, I think saying "so-and-so can
do this, but a newbie cant." is ridiculous. I have setup hundreds of reef
and freshwater planted tanks for people, and I always research them first.
Admittedly, I asked a question which may have seemed to come without any
research behind, but that was just poor wording on my part...oops. I have
seen many MH and many PC lit aquariums, fresh and salt, and honestly, I
prefer MH in most larger systems. I have PC on my 37 gallon, and love it,
but 50 gallons and over, why not do MH? heat is not an issue if you have a
tall canopy and fan ventilate it, and the light intensity, and the ripples
line that come with it, is beautiful.
Second of all, I don't think you realize how many hobbyists do their own
research, and then come to a well educated and respectful LFS to put their
systems together. This lady is well educated, and on first visit to the LFS
bought 3 books (Nature Aquarium World Vol. 1, Aquarium Plants Manual, and
one other that escapes my mind right now). She returned a week later having
read them all. She has also been perusing www.thekrib.com herself on my
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