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Lighting and Heaters Questions and comments about freshwater aquarium lighting and heaters.

 
 
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:09 AM
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Have been thinking of upping the wattage of my Rio 125 litre tank for some time now and yesterday I went out exploring the various avenues.
Looked in three different lfs and managed to save myself 30 pounds buying it on the internet. It should arrive on Wednesay.

I have gone from two 18w bulbs (T8's) to the more powerful T5's 28W bulbs. So it will be nice to have a different planted tank with varieties that I have not been able to keep before now.

Unfortunately my girls won't let me have it before christmas as it is a present for then - can't wait
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:21 AM
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That's great, Michelle. I've just purchased shop lights that are doing a decent job with low light plants. It is fun trying different plants...
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:30 AM
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Yes I followed your thead. I tried to get a bargain and even considered following someone else's DIY instructions. But in the end, as I am not very technically minded with things like that, I thought I'd ask it as a present for christmas. So I'm pleased as punch this weekend.

I'm glad to hear that your lights are working for you. I expect that I will be posting about all the algae I have next because it is bound to upset the balance of the tank. Oh well a problem solved is a problem learned.

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Old 11-17-2008, 01:34 AM
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Good attitude, Michelle! I hope there is no algae, or not excessive algae anyway. I think your lights will allow more variety of plants, than mine will...I bet you can't wait for Christmas morning. I don't know how you'll get the turkey cooked, when you'll be busy installing the new lights and admiring the effect.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:58 PM
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i hope you like the new lights upgrading any part of a tank can be really fun but I think lights are the best because it enables us to see our fish better
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:42 PM
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My new unit arrived mid week with two new lights attached and rearing to go.

But this has been whisked away for wrapping. I will have a lovely xmas day and I shall also enjoy buying medium to high plants and having a go with them in the following weeks.

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