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Old 04-12-2008, 12:37 AM   #11
 
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Well, right now you can only put a max of 19 watts in, which is still way too low. There are a few different routes you can take. You can go out and buy a new light fixture, or you can retrofit your own one. Personally, I just usually suck it up and shell out the cash. I've got three 24" coralife fw single strip lights, and they work very well for me. They're 67k light, and 65 watts each. 65 watts for a 20 gallon is very generous, your plants will do very well in there. You've already got flourite, which is great, but you'll also need to add a liquid fertilizer (if you don't balance out everything you'll just end up growing algae!)

As for retrofit kits, there's a lot offered online and in stores. The ones I've heard the most about are by AH Supply, although I've never used them myself. They're supposed to be the cheapest and quite user friendly.

It's really up to you, but if you cheap out and go for a lower wattage, you'll probably end up regretting it and buying something better later, which will in turn be more expensive. I'm of the opinion that a good light is a worthwhile investment.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:26 AM   #12
 
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Beings how I don't even know what a rertokit is I prolly will just end up getting a new fixture.Thanks so much for all of ur help today, it has been very useful.
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:21 AM   #13
 
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Best of luck! You'll be so excited when you see how great your tank looks under new lights.

Also, retrofit kits are for taking your old light strip and basically turning it into a totally new one, by completely changing out what kind of lights it holds, the wattage etc. Not too complicated, but if you don't like technical stuff, I'd avoid it.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:57 PM   #14
 
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Sounds good, sounds like a challenge. I usually get mad half way thru, and throw something. Walk away then finish, and say "Oh that wasn't bad", I have another question about the filters. Mine is a whisper 20, which means it is a filter used for tanks up to 20 gals., but if i have a good couple of fish then i should get something more stronger, like the whisper 30 or 40. What actually makes them any better, cause the bio-bags are the same size? Does it just filter more often or something?
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:10 PM   #15
 
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The whisper 20 is, I believe, up to 100 gallons per hour. What you look at in filtration is how often it completely filters your tank, or the GPH rating. In this case your tank is being filtered completely through 5 times per hour, which isn't too bad. I'd say the minimum would be 4 times. Certainly if you have a larger bio load, you want a more powerful filter, and it's very hard to over filter water. Perhaps add something like a sponge filter? They're cheap and great for adding extra biological filtration. Plus, then if one of your filters breaks, you're not totally screwed.
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