Thread: What to do? What to do?
09-03-2012, 12:03 AM #1
What to do? What to do?
I got this light about 6 months ago and had problems with my plants ever since.
I suppose I should be using CO2 with it but I don't want to. I have crypts, ludwigia and java ferns and none of them call for CO2. My problem began with green spot algae. I was told to increase ferts, which I did, but every darned time I try to increase the ferts, then here comes the BBA. I simply go from either the green spot or the BBA over and over again.
Today I decided I am done with this nonsence and was going to remove one of my light bulbs only to learn that if you remove one bulb, neither will work. (My other two tanks are low light and totally trouble free with never any algae.)
I have been using Excel lately a few times a week at recommended doses but that doesn't seem to have helped, either. I don't want to overdose and simply have a temporary solution.
I could very easily tear all the tanks and substrate out of there, put in some gravel and branches and be done with it but I need a light for over the tank.
That brings me right back to the origninal problem. Lights.
The light is two 54 watt T5HO bulbs for a total of 108 watts. Such an easy solution if I could find a lower watt bulb to fit in this fixture.
What to do?
And where this is thread go? Technical or algae? LOL
09-03-2012, 12:16 AM #2
09-03-2012, 01:07 AM #3
0Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
The electronic ballast will effectively "read the lamps" electrical characteristics and adjust down, for them. They will run a bit brighter and hotter than normal T5NO, but they will work.
09-03-2012, 01:30 AM #4
I would just raise the fixture 8-10". Just get a hanging kit...done."Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it."
09-03-2012, 01:54 AM #5
+1 to the above.
Rasing the fixture might be the easiest and most cost effective solutionIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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09-03-2012, 01:59 AM #6
Have you tried splitting your photo period up with an hour of darkness in the middle of it? That defeats some algae.
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09-03-2012, 02:12 AM #7
Can't hang it from the ceiling. This place is all cement......ceiling included. Management won't allow ceiling hooks.
What about those bulbs I posted in my second post? Would they work?
Going to look up T5NO's too. I don't even know what they are.
back again.......Some say T5NO's work fine but burn out fast. They're cheap enough tho.
I just read something else interesting. Others having the same problem have put fly screen over the bulb protector to reduce the light.
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 09-03-2012 at 02:20 AM.
09-03-2012, 02:14 AM #8
T5NO are just normal T5s.
T5HO are T5s driven brighter.
I vote for 850Rs suggestion.
09-03-2012, 02:57 AM #9
I wouldnt put NO bulbs in a HO fixture...the rate of burnout alone would make it not really worthwhile. You may as well buy a T5NO fixture with the rate youd be replacing bulbs. You could also go to lowes/home depot and get 2 simple blocks of wood the width of the tank and put your mounting legs on that instead of the tank rim. Would give you some raise in height. The split photo period is also very effective. I do 4hours on 4hours off 4hours on for best results."Have no fear of perfection- you'll never reach it."
09-03-2012, 03:18 AM #10
I guess so.
Sure would be nice to be able to just buy a couple of T5HO in a lesser wattage. But then, it sure would be nice if I could take one bulb out and just use one, too.
But why should this be easy when it can be hard? LOL