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Re: Fluorescent Lights,Co2 and other stuff
Fluorescent Bulbs (cost factor). I am using 48" Chroma 50's ( (F40C50 - "Sunshie
Full Spectrums") which cost me about $7 a pop at Home Depot on sale . Changing a
bulb out every three months on my 4 bulb hood equates to $28/year for light
bulbs. The color is a little on the yellow side, but the plants grow great. My
dealer discontinued PennPlax and Tritons due to alleged shipping problems, but
offers URI bulbs for $28-32 a bulb. So the better bulbs cost ~$120/year.
Multiply this by four tanks and we are talking some serious change. Anybody have
ideas on compromise substitutions? - I believe someone once recommended mixing
cool whites and Chroma 50's for a more balanced color.
CO2 Cartridges - I have been looking in the classifieds under welding supplies -
20 lb used bottles for about $100. Thanks for the warning regarding bottle
expiration date. My cohort who does home beer brewing gets 20lb CO2 refills for
$12. Check with local homebrew beer stores for pointers on locating cheap
bottles and refills.
Plecostomus - My Plecostomus LOVE jicama and are leaving the amazons alone for a
change- Much thanks to Alan Kaufman for the hint.
Outdoor plants - I have never seen "light shock" in transplanting outdoor plants,
but I only do amazons, crypts, giant val and other hardies. I transplant the
root soil as well. Maybe the "shock" is related to water temperature change or