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    Are you on a municipal water supply? If so their website should contain a water quality report.

    You can also purchase an API test for about 5 bucks on amazon, or find less accurate tests at a hardware/home store.
    I have an API kit. So you just want the Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia, and pH levels?

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    Also, the strip light fits the top is a 20" light. I am having trouble finding a light to fit there for plant growing. Is a halide my only option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabterry View Post
    I have an API kit. So you just want the Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia, and pH levels?
    If you can't get the dGH (general hardness, the important one) and dKH (carbonate hardness, tells how well your pH is buffered) numbers for your tap water from your municipal water report, you can get the API GH/KH liquid test kit. You need to know these numbers, along with pH, to work up a stocking list. Also, test your tap water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate with your API kit. It's important to know the parameters of your tap water before choosing fish.
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    I know marineland makes an 18-24 inch LED fixture that would fit. But I can't be positive whether or not it would adequately distribute light to the front and back of the tank.

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    I know marineland makes an 18-24 inch LED fixture that would fit. But I can't be positive whether or not it would adequately distribute light to the front and back of the tank.
    They have the double led light, but I don't know if it would be adequate for the plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zerileous View Post
    I know marineland makes an 18-24 inch LED fixture that would fit. But I can't be positive whether or not it would adequately distribute light to the front and back of the tank.
    Finding the watts on an led light can seem impossible sometimes.

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    Actually watts is rather irrelevant on an LED light anyway. We generally use PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation), which can be measured by a PAR meter. I have seen PAR readings of the double bright that are appropriate for low to medium light plants at the depth of your substrate. I have not, however, seen any data on the PAR readings as far off center as the front and back of your tank would be, however I suspect that it will be inadequate except directly under or within a few inches of the fixture, at least for anything but the lowest light requiring plants.

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    My tap pH is 7.5. Nitrate and Nitrite are both zero. Ammonia is also zero. I added some plants from my father's tank and started up my filter. My pH has gone up to 8.1 in 24 hours.

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    Don't worry about your readings at this point - your tank isn't cycled yet - pH won't stay stable until that happens anyway.

    Your readings show a typical uncycled tank - you won't have a reading for ammonia until you add some.

    I assume you are doing a fishless cycle?
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    Here is the tank as it sits.




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