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40 Gallon Breeder Lighting for High Light Plants

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Silversea, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Silversea

    Silversea Junior Poster

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am going to be putting together my first serious aquascape and need a little direction on how much lighting to provide.
    I want to grow some pretty high light demanding plants such as Rotala Macranda. I was thinking of getting 2 of the AquaticLife 2*39 watt fixtures that has one each of the 6000k and Roseate 650nm bulbsin each fixture.
    Would this be to much light even if I were providing fertilization via EI dosing and providing pressurized Co2? I don't want to create a huge algae problem.
    If it is two much light to run, for say 6-10 hours a day, would it be feasible to only run all 4 for about 2-3 hours a day for a noon-time burst of light?
     
  2. Silversea

    Silversea Junior Poster

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    Really, Nobody has an answer or opinion?
     
  3. Gerryd

    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    Hi,

    IMO/IME two fixtures is way overkill for a 40 gal tank. A breeder is shallow as it is...

    Why not try 1 fixture for 8 hrs a day and go from there.

    More plants are c02 dependant than high light dependant.

    FYI - the site was down and could not post, and note this IS a volunteer effort to post a reply..

    ez for a single post to get lost....plus, I know for a fact that your specific question in relationship to the size tank has been asked and answered many times....
     
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