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  1. #1

    Default was this a good idea?


    0 Not allowed!
    I have grown plants for years by only adding iron and Co2 and the standard tank light. My plants grew slowly over time but, never took over like a jungle. Knowing very little about lighting, I took the advice from people on this forum and bought a Dual T5HO coral life setup. At the store the light fixture had 1- 10,000K Bulb and 1- Actinic blue bulb. I was told I did not need the blue light and the store replaced it with a 6,700K day light bulb. Was this the best idea?
    Wife's Tank
    20 Gallon tall
    12 plants with dual T5's and dry ferts- Iron, Potassium and CO2
    6-Pygmy Cories, 4-Red Wag Platys, 6-X-ray Tetras

    My tank
    120 Gallon
    with 2 Florida Atlantic Stingrays and 12 Mystery Snails - starting on that project soon.

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    Yes!

    The Blue bulbs are using in Salt Water tanks. The blue end of the spectrum is good for illuminating greater depth as the blue end of the spectrum penetrates deeper waters.

    However, freshwater plants get the most benefit from a wider spectrum of light and the plants we want to grow favor the red/orange/daylight range. Algae on the other hand... really like the blue end.

    So for freshwater, with freshwater plants, swapping the blue for a daylight is the right way to go.

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    +1 to the above

    The bluer tones can play a large part in freshwater algae growth
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    0 Not allowed!
    Reason I ask is, the box the lights fixture came said the blue promotes Photosynthesis in plants as well as coral.
    Wife's Tank
    20 Gallon tall
    12 plants with dual T5's and dry ferts- Iron, Potassium and CO2
    6-Pygmy Cories, 4-Red Wag Platys, 6-X-ray Tetras

    My tank
    120 Gallon
    with 2 Florida Atlantic Stingrays and 12 Mystery Snails - starting on that project soon.

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