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This is a discussion on Lighting upgrade within the Beginner Planted Aquarium forums, part of the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium category; --> Originally Posted by Mikaila31 Just cuz they are suppose to hang doesn't mean they have to... Oh, I didn't know that. So I guess ...

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Old 01-20-2012, 05:41 PM   #21
 
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Just cuz they are suppose to hang doesn't mean they have to...
Oh, I didn't know that. So I guess they will work. Now all need are glass tops.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #22
 
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Would the lights be able to just lay on the glass? Would that be possbile or not. I can see this one working ok: http://www.homedepot.com/Lighting-Fa...atalogId=10053

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Old 01-20-2012, 07:27 PM   #23
 
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Would the lights be able to just lay on the glass? Would that be possbile or not. I can see this one working ok: Premium plus 2-light 49 in. Platinum Shoplight-PPS232RC at The Home Depot
I would think that will work. The fixture doesn't actually sit on the glass, but on the frame, and as this one is 49 inches and the tank is 48, it should sit on the frame easily. I'm referring to the ends; I like these fixtures near the middle of the tank but more back than front. But just the ends sit on the frame at the side ends of the tank. The glass will be lower down.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:33 PM   #24
 
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I would think that will work. The fixture doesn't actually sit on the glass, but on the frame, and as this one is 49 inches and the tank is 48, it should sit on the frame easily. I'm referring to the ends; I like these fixtures near the middle of the tank but more back than front. But just the ends sit on the frame at the side ends of the tank. The glass will be lower down.
Ok, thanks. If I get a different fixture will this still be true? Also what kind of lighting would this be high or moderate?

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:39 PM   #25
 
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Ok, thanks. If I get a different fixture will this still be true? Also what kind of lighting would this be high or moderate?
Provided the fixture itself is the length of the tank or slightly over, should be fine. Nice thing abpout buying this at Home Depot (or presumably Lowe's, etc) is being able to return them if they don't.

With the two T8 daylight tubes you will be at the upper range of moderate which will allow for the majority of plants. Make sure some floating plants are included, and this will be bright to the fish.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:04 PM   #26
 
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Provided the fixture itself is the length of the tank or slightly over, should be fine. Nice thing abpout buying this at Home Depot (or presumably Lowe's, etc) is being able to return them if they don't.

With the two T8 daylight tubes you will be at the upper range of moderate which will allow for the majority of plants. Make sure some floating plants are included, and this will be bright to the fish.
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:39 PM   #27
 
I think I'm going to be picking up this same fixture soon. Did you get yours yet Jayy? Pictures of how it sits on the tank would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:15 PM   #28
 
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I think I'm going to be picking up this same fixture soon. Did you get yours yet Jayy? Pictures of how it sits on the tank would be much appreciated.
No not yet, problemly next weekend. I'll be sure to post pics when I do.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:16 PM   #29
 
I ended up finding a decent looking fixture at wal-mart for ~$15. Lights of America dual T8 shop light. It's stainless steel with black endcaps. I took several pictures of how it sits on the tank because when I went looking I could never find any. I'm really happy with it and I don't think it looks bad at all. I'm running a GE 6500K daylight bulb and a GE 5000k sunlight bulb.







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Old 01-30-2012, 09:38 AM   #30
 
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Looks good to me, was that the only size they had?

I'd be interested in finding something like that for my 20g, but I'm not sure how common a 24" shop light would be since that's kind of small. I'd have to buy a glass cover though, the plastic one that came with the tank dosen't allow for anything bigger than the standard fixture it comes with.

Do you have to remove the light to feed them? Can't tell if yours is open or if it is covered with glass.
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