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Low cost lighting
>Due to a tight budget, I'm trying to set up lighting as cost
>effective as possible. Rather than investing in PennPlax,or
>PowerGlos, or Tritons, I'd like to do this with GE, etc. Does anyone
>have a tank set up with something like this that still yields a fair
>amount of success? What are you using(cool white, full spectrum,
>daylight, etc)? I have room for up to eight 30watt bulbs for a 125G
I never respond to lighting questions, but I will happily answer this
one. I have a heavily planted 90 gallon with 4 40-watt T-12
flourescents. I use 2 phillips colortone 50's and 2 phillips
colortone 75's. Total cost for 4 replacement bulbs last month--$13,
at Home Depot. The overall color rendition is pretty good--a little
yellow, but acceptable.
My plants start to bubble about an hour after the lights come on, and
I get excellent plant growth--sometimes too much (thinning and pruning
is a regular chore). So far, I haven't found any plant species I
cannot grow, and I've had about 30 species over the past few years.
The ones that get too large are traded/sold for something else, and I
recently sold about 2 pounds of chain swords (Echinodorus tenellus) to
my LFS. A recently uprooted ruffled sword (Echinodorus major) was
over 36", including the bloom stalk.