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RE: Optimal Aquarium Depth and Fluorescent Lighting

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Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:
> Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 08:48:23 -0600
> From: "Wilson" <jwilson at knology_net>
> Subject: RE: Optimal Aquarium Depth and Fluorescent Lighting
> > From: Bob Hoffman <bhoffman at deltanet_com>
> > 1) What would be the optimal (realistic) depth that would allow for a
> > reasonable diversity of aquatic plants including a Madagascar lace
> > plant?
> > 2) Given that depth, how much lighting would be required?
> > 3) What types/combination of bulbs (fluorescent) would be best?
> >
> > My thoughts are a 28 inch deep tank, with four 75 watt VHO bulbs (70
> > gal. tank) or two 75 watt VHO bulbs (40 gal. tank), bulbs would be all
> > URI AquaSun's.  Any thoughts, comments, and/or suggestions would be
> > appreciated.
> Based on my experiences with my 225 gallon (28" deep), it became painfully
> obvious that it takes a LOT of light to reach this depth. On a smaller, deep
> tank, MH is probably the best bet.
> I was using 4 72" 160w URI Aquasuns, but they have a strange ability to
> bleach perceived color from everything. A combination of 2 URI and 2
> Durotest Vita-lites "looks right" color wise. The Vita-lites add a much more
> "green" look to the tank. They are on separate Icecaps, it is pretty odd to
> flip back and forth comparing the light. (too white or too green:-)

I know Vita-lites come in a 48" 110watt VHO bulb but are there a similar
24" VHO bulbs?  If so, a source for them would be appreciated.  If not,
it would seem I am pretty much stuck with Aquasuns.  I really don't want
to go with MH.  Any other suggestions?
> 28" depth is also a major pain to work in unless you plan on a 6" substrate,
> or have really long arms.:-)

I have a 90 gal. reef tank that is 25 1/2" in depth, so I am used to the
wet armpit syndrome.  However, I was planning on a minimum 4-5"
substrate and, therefore, the situation should not be much different
than what I deal with at the present.