I've tried reading the archives on lighting in the Krib, and I've gotten more
confused than enlightened. (no pun intended.) Anyway, what would people
recommend for a 10 gallon tank in which I wanted to grow mainly
Should I try getting a 20" shop light? Compact fluorescent? It seems to me
that compact fluorescents would be the way to go since they seem relatively
cheap, and are supposedly very bright. How many lumens do you get out of a
9W CF bulb?
I also recall a discussion earlier about Glossostigma growing vertically and
the questions about species. I found this blurb in the Tropica home page
which may interest some of you:
"Glossostigma elatinoides is a fast growing amphibious plant and the
submerged culture soon builds a very nice looking carpet. However, this
carpet building growth form requires quite high light intensities
as Glossostigma elatinoides responds to low light by a much more upright stem
and thereby the flat looking growth is lost. Glossostigma elatinoides
prefers soft water with pH < 7. It is one of the smallest aquarium plants and
very popular in Japanese aquaria built after the Nature Aquarium concept."
Also, I have a couple of stupid questions for those electricians out there.
I have a 40 gallon acrylic tank, which I just bought a Magnetek electronic
ballast for. It says that is supplies 4 F025T8 or F032T8 bulbs. Are the
F025T8 bulbs 3 feet in length? Can I use a 30W T8 Vitalite with the ballast
or do I specifically need a 25W bulb? Triton bulbs say they require a
starter, will they work with a rapid start ballast? How do people ground
their ballast and where do most of you keep the ballast (underneath the
tank?) Should I use waterproof endcaps or are standard ones ok? How do
people deal with the mass of wires and finally does anyone have a diy hood
design that incorporates specific instructions as to how to mount the lights
and basic wiring tips?
Whew! Thanks for any information.