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Wpg...still Unsure Here

Discussion in 'Lighting, CO2, Ferts & Flow' started by Steve H., Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Steve H.

    Steve H. Member

    Dec 1, 2011
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    Pingree Grove, Illinois
    I have been researching and planning on planting my tank.
    It will be a low tech set up in a 10gl tank.
    I've seen a lot of cool plants out there, but of course the ones I like the best are outside of my available lighting parameters. And, if they require high lighting they also require CO2 and ferts. Something I am not interested in until I gain some experience and skill.

    I want to be sure of something here about my lighting. The ballast is not set for tube lights. It is actually a normal screw type bulb. So, due to my ballast limitation, the biggest wattage bulb I can get is a - 60 watt "equivalent"(14 watt "actual") 5500k.

    Am I correct in calculating my WPG at 1.4 in a 10gl tank?
    Or might it be a bit higher?
  2. GrayScale

    GrayScale Member

    Jun 30, 2010
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    Correct, wpg is calculated by dividing the watt of the bulb and the tanks volume in gallons. Keep in mind wpg is just a general guideline. Never had nay experience with screw in bulbs so I'm not sure if that would differ from the normal t8/t5 tube ballasts.

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