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Re: [APD] Nano Lighting

On 02/11/2012 10:56 AM, Glen Nardin wrote:
> Hello.  I am maintaining a 60-year old 5-gallon tank that I have blue rainbows and plants.  Everything is going pretty well after about two years of messing with it.  However, I have had the hardest time trying to find the right lighting.  I finally bought the "right size," a Coralife mini Aqualight T5 Dual Aquarium Lamp Fixture, but realized after receiving that there were no replacement bulbs that were in the plants best interest, around 7,500K.  
> Now, I have two 10,000K bulbs over this nano tank and it seems to be too much.  My question is:  is it really too much with the 10,000K bulbs?  And, if it is, is there some way to filter the light with a certain color filter?  I don't want to introduce any more floating plants, but I'm getting too much black algae.
> Glen

I have the same light on my 5 gallon rimless.  The only coral life bulbs
they had for it were the 10,000k bulbs.  One of them blew a couple of
weeks ago.  I called around and could not find anyone that even had 9" 6
watt T-5 bulbs.  We found a 6,500k bulb from Marineland that is for one
of their Eclipse systems.  Even with the two 10,000k bulbs I have had no
trouble growing moderate light plants in the tank.

It was the most expensive 9" bulb I think I will ever purchase.  We had
the shop throw in a 70 Gallon Oceanic half round aquarium with stand
hood, a pair of LED pendants and a Fluval canister filter.  It was
originally priced at $9.99 but he gave me a 10% discount and it only
came out to a couple of grand after all said and done.

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