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Lighting/ which ones?
<< 1 Panasonic 15w fluorescent 18" (beyond
that I know little more, it
>came with the setup)
> 1 CORALIFE Nutri Grow 15w
fluorescent 18" which claims a high
>of PAR however it doesn't say how much.
This cost me $23.
I do not think that changing your lamps
in this case will make much of a
difference as I doubt,except for the
price that is, if there is much wrong
with the ones you have. Your main
problem is a lack of intensity. If you
really want more light you will have to
modify your hood. This can be done with
one or two 36 watt CFs. Changing to
single 36 watt CF will give you at least
50% more light than your current setup
and probably a lot more. Each CF lamp
takes up about the same space as each of
your current lamps so there shouldn't be
a problem with the retrofit.
I'm noticing that recommendations are always made for more and more light.
Many plants can be grown successfully in a low-light environment. It's not
always financially feasible for one to add lighting, but this doesn't mean
that one has to throw in plastic plants. The Eclipse is an enclosed hood
complete with lighting and filtration. It may not even be possible to
retrofit this hood, forget the cost of doing so. Also, the ongoing cost of
compact flourescents is considerably higher than that of standard
flourescents (if bought at a lighting supplier rather than aquarium supply
The cryptocorynes are known for being hardy and adaptable and do very well in
a low-light environment. I have a 55 gallon tank full of anubias, sprite,
crypts and other plants thriving under a mere 80 watts. I also had a 20
gallon tank growing swords and other plants under 20 watts of light. The
setup she is suggesting, with some alterations on the bulb (such as adding
daylight and/or plant bulb) ought to work.