What lighting??

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by flamming angel, 14 Oct 2010.

  1. flamming angel

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    Howzit ppl

    Okay so im in the process of building my sump.
    DT : 600x600x600 approx
    Sump : 500x500x500 approx

    I going with a Dsb, and need some advice on what the best lighting for it would be given those specs.

    Thanks guys
     
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    You don't need light if you running the DSB only. Lights are needed when you wanna keep macro algae like chaetomorpha or caulerpa above the sand bed.
    You can use normal energy saver lamps close to daylight ratings, 5000-6400 kelvin. I used two over mine and it worked. Other guys use stronger lights, but I don't think it is really needed.
    Save electricity :p
     
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    I also use an energy saver, one bulb. Got chaeto and some other macro algae growing nicely. I have the light on when the main tank's lights go off
     
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    This is how I did mine


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    oh show off!! :p

    Looks sweet
     
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    cool thanks for all the detailed info. Will keep macro algae etc.

    Always tawt i needed T5's. But energy savers do the trick then mite as well go that route.

    Also how long should they normally be on for?
     
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    I had them on during the night - it also helps to keep the pH more stable. 8 - 12 hours is enough
     
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    Thanks and your unit looks awesome:yeahdude:
     
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    lol :whistling:
     
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    Nice DIY light unit, Well Done!
     
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    Trust you have it hooked up to a timer LOL
     

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