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  1. Default T5 lighting info?

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    So im new to the aquarium scene, and even more so to planted tanks. I got my 55 gallon off craigslist and the hood had a T5 light bulb in it. Its a single long bulb. I am not sure how great it is or anything like that. I was about to get a java fern or two and was wondering how well it would this light bulb would be. Im not sure of the wattage, I would look to see but its night time and in the middle of the night.
    Last edited by joseph.otto; 12-13-2012 at 05:43 AM.
    10 Gallon: 5 White Skirt Tetra
    55 Gallon: Young Oscar

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    Imo a single t5 on so much water is low light. Java fern should work. Anubias is another good option. Both do well tied to something.

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    +1 to talldutchie on the Java Fern. Also you may need a new tube as they run down over time and the one you have could be quite old !
    1) 140 gallon with 70 gallon sump. 1 German Rams, 50 neons , 16 Schwarzi cory, 10 harlequin rasbora, 6 Hengals Rasbora, 2 Bulldog Plecs, 4x dwarf Gouramis, 12 golden barbs, 12 cherry barbs,8 Yellow Boesemani Rainbows and loads of assasin snails. Sump has central heating pump. water flows through a 4 layer foam and 1- 2kg of bio, also has a 18"x 18" algae scrubber that works well. fluval U2 to transfer to my QT when needed

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    If I only had the option of one bulb, I would get a 6700k daylight bulb. you'll be a low light setup at about 1w per gallon.
    your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!

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    Good point. 6500k-ish is probably the best colour to go for with a single.

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    Ok sorry but I just looked this morning and its a 48'' Sun Glo T8. I could of swore before it said T5, but I dont think that makes a difference if im right. Isnt that just the size of something?
    10 Gallon: 5 White Skirt Tetra
    55 Gallon: Young Oscar

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