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Re: Plant lighting
Here is cheap, functional, but ugly. A 125 is 6 feet long, so stagger two
shop lights on a glass lid. Mix each shop light with a warm range light and
a cool range light. Warm range gives red spectrum and cool spectrum give
blues. Don't use shop lights, but vita light equivalents which are cheaper
than vita's for your blue range, you may have to shop for them. For warm
range use "bathroom" bulbs. I use this type lighting on my tanks and get
good plant growth. shop light fixtures can be picked up for around 8 bucks,
and the bulbs should run you from 2 - 8 dollars apiece ( check hardware or
department stores). If you want to build a cabinet around them so they look
nicer, that should still keep the price well under 700 dollars guaranteed.
I have wintered water hyacinth with similar lighting over winter, so you
will get quality light from it, as hyacinth need good light to live. This
is just over 1 watt per gallon, but it worked on a 110 gallon tank I had. I
also grow val's with one shop light ( 80 watts) to a 75 gallon. I think but
could be wrong it may be more important what kind of light you have rather
than watts per gallon.???
Wisconsin Rapids WI.
W.A.K.O. , A.K.A., and N.A.N.F.A.
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