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Old 09-08-2008, 09:43 AM   #11
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Is a standard 20 gallon 30 inches? I don't have my measuring tape lol.

I wish it wasn't so expensive. Not trying to hijack this thread, but can anyone recommend a hood that comes with a light for a reasonable price. And I do want plants, so I need decent lighting.. I just know that the ones at my lfs are almost 90 bucks and it comes with a 15 watt bulb. And its probably a piece of crap.

I would pay 80 bucks for the one on that website... If it came with a hood too. I just want a quality light, so I will get some satisfaction on spending 90 bucks. Thanks :D
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:24 PM   #12
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Well a glass cover won't set you back much on a 20 gallon (24" x 12" is the usual footprint on a standard one).
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:00 PM   #13
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Yeah, glass covers are the way to go. They're tight-fitting so they really help with evaporation control, plus the higher-wattage lights designed for plant growth can get pretty hot. The glass can withstand these temperatures, but I wouldn't feel comfortable using those lights over plastic.

Also: are you guys talking about the Current compact fluorescent fixture with the lunar lights? They look great if you ask me, and are definitely well-priced. The only problem is that they come with a 50/50 bulb, which is designed for saltwater use. If you were really nice, they might switch out the bulbs for you to something more suited to freshwater.

Aquariumguys sells the same fixture, but their normal price is about the same as Drs. Foster and Smith's sale price. Here's a link to the 24" version:

Little-Fizz, on a standard 20g tank I think that would provide some really great lighting for growing just about any plants, provided you got them to replace that bulb for you.

Here's the right kind of bulb:

You want the 22", 65 watt Dual Daylight SunPaq that's 6700K/10,000K. The aquariumguys website didn't seem to have them for sale, so it might be better to get the fixture from Drs. Foster and Smith since they can probably switch out the bulbs for you.
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:01 PM   #14
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Awesome! Thanks a lot guys. Its going to cost a little bit more then if I went to my LFS but I know its of way better quality. Thanks again :D
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:34 PM   #15
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That's a good choice little fizz :) It's always good to support your LFS, and they will provide you with really great help if anything were to go wrong in return.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:51 PM   #16
Wow this is funny! I feel like a third wheel in this thread.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:51 AM   #17
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Well batman really did post a link to what looks to be a GREAT light fixture so it kind of distracted us.

For expertise on cichlid stocking you could try the cichlid's subforum, they're more likely to get you answers on stocking like that quickly. I will say that just based off fish numbers and sizes you're going to have a HEAVILY stocked tank. Some of those fish are also probably too large for a 55 gallon tank. Those tanks are only 13" in width so some of your proposed fish are going to feel a bit cramped in that size tank. If you drop some of the larger fish your stocking level will be much better for that size tank.

Remember, bigger fish make much more waste than small fish. A 6" fish is more than triple the mass of a 4" fish so you can expect triple the waste load. Even losing a few of the larger fish will drastically reduce the waste production with this stocking.

As for how they'll get along, I'd recommend the cichlid section again.
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:51 AM   #18
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You might also want to PM SKAustin and see if you can get him to post either in this thread or in whatever thread you make about your stocking list in the cichlids section. He keeps a 55g Lake T. tank that's pretty heavily stocked, so he might be able to give you some more pointers about the filters and stocking list. Try to get him to post in the thread rather than just PM you the info, so that the information can be made public and thus useful to others with a similar question.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:21 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by SKAustin
I would recommend against mixing cichlids from the two lakes. Malawi Cichlids are far more active and aggressive. Tanganyikan cichlids are more skittish and will be kept in hiding by the active nature of the Malawi cichlids. I'd highly recommend you choose from one of the lakes and stick with it.
I second this opinion, based on my personal experiences with africans.
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:37 PM   #20
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Ouch, I know this thread is kind of old, but I just called dr. foster and smith or whatever to get a quote for the shipping and they gave me just for the fixture alone and it was like 134 dollars. I'm still thinking about getting these lights.. But thats a lot of money, plus the bulb and glass canopy I'm probably looking at 200 dollars with shipping and everything. So I might go back to my LFS and see what type of lights I could get with that fixture to see if its worth my money.
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