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  1. Default Wil this work for a planted tank?

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    So I have a 20 gallon regular substrate tank with neon tetras. I started putting plants in but I ony have a crummy LED light that came with the aquarium starter kit. So what I did was I took a lamp and a 60 watt incandescent bulb and I turn it on during the day and give light that way. The plants started to turn brown but I just did this yesterday. Would this work for a tank?

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    Incandescent bulbs are not so good at growing plants. They provide the wrong color temperature for that. You will be better off replacing it with a cfl bulb.
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    Sounds good that shouldn't be a problem I just wanted to make sure the lamp was appropriate. It's just a regular like 5 ft lamp that happens to be perfect height to curl over and shine in the aquarium. And 60 is a good wattage for fluorescent as well?

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    The actual wattage of clf bulbs are lower than incandescent, so they usually provide an "equivalent wattage" on the package. You wont be able to get super growth out of it, but low light plants will thrive. Medium light and stem plants will be leggy but survive.
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    Using twin 60 watt bulbs is how we did tank lighting in the 1970s. You';d get low light at best.

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    First off, you can buy very low cost plant growth CFL's that will provide the correct color temperature spectrum light and in a 'wattage' that will allow you to have either med or even high intenisty lighting in that hood; of course, you'd then need to add trace nutrients (esp. Fe, K, Mg, and Ca besides needing to know your nitrates and making sure they are not dropping below 2 - 3 ppm) and for high intenisty, CO2.

    Sorry for the late post but my home computer will not let be post in the forum anymore ... hope that changes but for now, I cannot post except on a computer not at home - strange ... .
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:

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