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Thread: Light set up

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    I am rebuilding my 29gl aquarium that used to be planted. I originally bought ahsupply BrightKit ( to use 5500K-6700K lightbulbs with better output. Now I have a newborn in the house and I'd like to keep only a few low-light easy plants like java ferns and anubises. I have a few questions:
    1. Can I reuse my 5500K 55W bulb or is it going to be too much light and lead to algae growth?
    2. Can I reuse this bulb just for a shorter periods of time (like 3-4 hours - I don't need my tank lit all the time - it is in a room that is fairly light anyways)
    3. Should I just buy a new regular light fixture? If yes, how much light do I need for just a few low-light plants?
    4. If you are familiar with this kit, is there another bulb that fits and might work better for low-light plants?


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    algae growth comes from an incorrect balance of nutrients and/or too much light.

    with that set up and your plants. you should be fine.
    I would still have the lights on between 6-8 hours just for your plants sake and viewing sake. no more than that though.
    Room lights will be okay for however long you want, they dont penetrate the water enough to do anything.

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    Thank you! This was very helpful!!!

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    East Lansing, Michigan, USA

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    If the 55 watt lamp turns out to be too much, you can swap in anything from 18 watts up. The socket is the same and the A&H kits use electronic ballasts that are capable of adjusting to the lamp used.

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    Sounds great. Would something like work:

    The only thin g that bothers me is that bulbs with smaller wattage are not as long size-wise - wouldn't they light up only part of the aquarium? Does it need to be full spectrum?

    Do you know if any of the regular aquarium lights work with this setup?

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