11-16-2009, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by abunari
I am confused, you only have a single bulb 30" strip light on a 55 gallon aquarium? That bulb would only be 17 watts? Doesnt seem nearly enough for a standard 55 gallon aquarium. Ive been told to go with at least a 48" aga two bulb strip light for a 55 gallon aquarium. I currently have two 24" strip lights (the Standard that come with most kits). If 17 watts for a 55 gallon is sufficient for healthy plants wouldnt my two strips at 30 watts total be fine? just doesnt seem like enough after all the information i have looked at thus far.
Please let me know how your plants do on this lighting i am curious to see.
A 30-inch tube (tube, not the fixture) is 25 watts standard. His tank is 3-feet by 2-feet. I suggested a Life-Glo tube previously for its increased intensity. This is the best I can suggest working with the existing fixture. I myself would prefer two tubes, or a T5.