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Re: Plant lighting and taeniatus
Yes you can get right spectrum from HPS and MV. HPS is
used for growing plants so I see nothing wrong with
putting them over a tank. Now getting them there
without heat problems during summer is another matter.
If you do use them, plan on hanging/attaching them
6-12" above the tank. If it's going to be an enclosed
hood use fans. You won't need fans with pendants
If your handy with electrical/diy stuff I can get MH
ballasts for $45 each delivered. Plus $60 for a 6000K
MH bulb and depending on the reflector anywhere from
$30 to $60 each but you might be able to find one
cheaper but they won't be better than a $50 premade
one. Pendants are even more expensive than reflectors.
Actually I'm putting MV on my reef tank. It's a
250watt Iwaski bulb. The color temp is 6500K. It's
also a $60 bulb. But definitly cheaper than a $120
10,000k bulb. It might be a little too yellow but
worth a try. Now the higher color temps need ballasts
though I think. But if you put the ballasts away from
the tank or put them on a cinder block in the stand
with a fan you should be ok.
Now I talked to a couple reef guru's and they said a
MH or MV bulb and set-up should last a plant tank
probly 10 years without replacement of anything. Kinda
a high intial price but worth every penny in the long
run. Also count on probly a little higher evaperation
rate too but there is ways to get around that
especially with a sump. How are you going to filter
this monster plant tank? I personally think that
wet/dry's are perfect for freshwater especially if
it's a larger tank. I can help you build one they are
simple if you want.
About the taeniatus, I think personally you could keep
a pair in a 10 gal. I'm going to at least since the
males I have aren't subdominant to the females like
normal kribs. Actually I'm going to put one pair in
one tank and put another pair in another 10gal right
next to it. So they will try to compete with each
other. I like small tanks too but I mean these fish
only get 3" I don't see them being in more than a
15gal unless it's a display tank. JMHO
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