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gm72
01-18-2008, 11:50 PM
Just want a simple, no hassle setup. Tank is established with a betta and 2 albino corys. I have gravel in there now but can switch over to Eco-Complete if recommended.

I am looking at a power compact fixture that is 12" and puts out 18 watts. Do you think that would be sufficient lighting?

cocoa_pleco
01-18-2008, 11:57 PM
should be good lighting, but have you considered T-5? i have a 2x8w T-5 that fits 5.5g's and its awesome

gm72
01-19-2008, 12:01 AM
Do you have a link to that light?

I'm still confused a bit about T-5 lighting vs. CF. I mean, 18 watts at a given kelvin temperature is 18 watts at a given kelvin temperature, yes?

cocoa_pleco
01-19-2008, 12:07 AM
yep, but T-5 are newer technology and more reliable

heres the one i have

http://www.aquagiant.com/product_info.php/cPath/38_78_129/products_id/369

gm72
01-19-2008, 12:12 AM
yep, but T-5 are newer technology and more reliable

heres the one i have

http://www.aquagiant.com/product_info.php/cPath/38_78_129/products_id/369

More reliable how? Sorry for all of the questions, I still don't understand. Maybe the bulbs need to be replaced less often?

Drumachine09
01-19-2008, 12:13 AM
I'd be a bit worried about that lighting. Sure it gives you about 3wpg, but the rule breaks down for larger, and smaller tanks. It depends on what species of plants you were wanting to keep.

gm72
01-19-2008, 12:14 AM
Not sure about what species I want. Honestly since this is one of my daughter's tanks I want something that I can throw in there and not worry about too much. Low maintenance is key on this tank.

Drumachine09
01-19-2008, 12:16 AM
I would highly reccomend anacharis, and maybe golden lloydellia if you want to float it instead of planting it.

I take it there will be no CO2?

gm72
01-19-2008, 12:46 AM
No CO2, correct. Plant tabs is the only fertilizing I'm willing to do.

karbomb
01-19-2008, 12:51 AM
i would go with some some anubias barteri. they are undemanding, small-large and slow growing (not much pruning need)

gm72
01-19-2008, 12:53 AM
So with 18 watts on a 5.5 gallon tank I should consider this as low light despite the roughly 3 wpg, am I correct in my thinking?

cocoa_pleco
01-19-2008, 12:58 AM
yep, to have a high light tank you would need 30+ watts, it breaks down on small tanks. some java fern, java moss, and cabomba would work

gm72
01-19-2008, 01:19 AM
Sounds like a great plan!

You think stick with just the gravel or put in some Eco-Complete? I have enough extra sitting here if it is needed/recommended.

Drumachine09
01-19-2008, 01:23 AM
I would nix the cabomba. I have mine in my 10 with 40 watts, DIY CO2, plant tabs, and dosing Iron, and its still a bit brown.


If you are doing eco-complete and plant tabs, every once in a while drop in a bit of iron supplement to keep your plants nice and green.

cocoa_pleco
01-19-2008, 01:55 AM
cabomba can be low light, when my 55g was planted i only had stock 2x17w and my cabomba grew like crazy, no CO2 or ferts. cabomba is one of the easiest plants ive taken care of

Incredulous_Ed
01-19-2008, 03:37 AM
Cabomb acna be extremely easy to grow or extremely hard to grow, I dont recomend it though. Either light you choose will be fin, but you will only be able to keep low-medium light species. Low maintenence plants include most anubias, dwarf saggitarias, java fern and moss, and other mosses.

gm72
01-19-2008, 01:12 PM
Low-medium light sounds great. Thanks again everyone for the advice!

Lady Hobbs
01-19-2008, 05:29 PM
I liked this simple explanation of the different bulbs.

http://www.azgardens.com/newlights2.php

gm72
01-19-2008, 05:37 PM
Good link, thank you!