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Planted Aquarium Lighting: Basics

Discussion in 'AquaScaping World Magazine Discussions' started by John N., Aug 8, 2008.

  1. John N.

    John N. Administrator Staff Member

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    Please discuss Hector Ortiz's article on Planted Aquarium Lighting here.

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  2. Supercoley1

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    I will comment on this when I get back from Hols :)

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    The general rule of thumb for aquatic plants is that each tank needs at least 2.0 watts per gallon (wpg)

    My understanding is that this rule is based on T12 bulbs. Thus is this not an out dated talk?
     
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    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    yes its right but only half of the story but when I get home I can get all the info together before I write a response. Don't want to rush it while I am here. lol

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  5. dwayne645

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    Thanks for sharing lots of information.

     
  6. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    lol. forgot all about this. I'll update when I get time :)

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    A good start...

    No mention of PAR meters or measuring light. I have read in many other places that the WPG rule is outdated and not the best way to determine adequate light.

    The article is great for people just starting in the hobby. Always important to remember light is the throttle, nutrients and CO2 the gas tank. I would have liked the article to go into more depth, specifically on PAR requirements for healthy growth, light spectrum preferred by plants, color temp (6500k, 10,000K), etc. I think there can be much more to this topic and would love to see follow up articles focusing on one or several of these aspects.
     
  8. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Exactly why my article hasn't been written yet. Still waiting for data to be compiled.

    I would've written it a year ago but it would've been theory and I would've been shot down in flames. When the info I need is all sorted I will write the article but many are going to disagree with it :)

    I could write it now and it would be reality but still many people have old ideas and until there is at least some evidence I am hesitant to write a full article with just theories. Been there done that been rubbished on too many forums.

    Patience and you will all see the light <------------excuse the pun :lol:

    (I bet I still get rubbished though.) Boxing

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    Supercoley1, enjoy your holidays first and lets have your indept thoughts and ex[erience. We are dying to read you article.^:)^
     
  10. Supercoley1

    Supercoley1 Moderator Staff Member

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    lol. all in good time. The data is nothign to do with me. Another site's members are doing the data bit. Not for me I might add. They are doing it totally independently but I can at least use it as reference to support theories :)

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