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post #11 of 19 Old 06-26-2012, 11:13 PM
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1 T5 HO= 1.5 T8
1 T5 HE= 1 T8

So dual HE= a dual T8

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post #12 of 19 Old 06-26-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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is the price difference alot?
Im looking for the cheapest low lighting i can get for my size tank...

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post #13 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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Would i be able to do floating plants? Like duckweed? or water sprite? I have a bit of javamoss id like to put in...

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post #14 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 06:44 AM
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Cheapest will be a used dual T8 but I'm a big fan of what I linked you and use the 48" on my planted tank, If you got the 36inch then you would be paying $83 for the light with free shipping, if you spent $16 more at that site (99 total) you can use SMART848 code for 30 off and pay 70 for lighting and whatever goodies you want with no shipping costs - I got myself some free flourish tabs and you could get tabs and flourish comprehansive or food or w/e you want for other pets

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That's what I did for my 48inch and its by far the best price I could find but shop around for yourself, you may be able to find a cheap hood that has a dual t8 on it that will fit your tank

And on the floating plants water sprite sure but duckweed you will end up regretting. If you can find it get some dwarf water lettuce or amazon frogbit as a nice floater

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post #15 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 10:57 AM
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Be careful, don't over-light the tank. First thing is, what type of plants do you want? And will this be natural (low-tech) or high-tech? The latter means diffused CO2 and daily nutrient dosing (thus requiring more light to balance), the former means nature does most of it with once weekly fertilizing (and thus less light). Most plants will manage under natural, a few won't do well.

On a 3-foot tank, a single tube T8 or T5 that is 30-inches in length will suffice for natural method.
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I wish i could order off line, but i dont have a credit card or a pay pal yet...I should be getting a pay pal soon though...

I want the tank to be as low maintenance as possible. So, low tech. What plants would grow with light and a weekly root tab/nutrient? I dont really have a plan, just fleshing out a semi-plan for when i actually get the light...

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45 gal: wintering goldfish
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post #17 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 07:59 PM
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I'm a bit confused which tank we are discussing, the 55g or the 29g? Most plants will manage with moderate light. And once a week liquid fertilzer like flourish Comprehensive.

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post #18 of 19 Old 06-27-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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My 55 is actually a 45. And thats the tank were talking about...

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45 gal: wintering goldfish
Fry Tank:10gal/Tonso'babies, all ages
2.5:Algeafarm
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*New cattle dog pups! *

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My 55 is actually a 45. And thats the tank were talking about...
OK, so this is a 3-foot tank holding 45 gallons. So you want a 3-foot fixture preferably one that takes a 30-inch tube. some only take 24-inch tubes which loses a lot. Low to moderate light.

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