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Old 12-10-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
 
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Ok. i want to plant my 20 gallon long pretty soon. Ive been to my lfs and they don't have lights that i need. also, im not 100 percent sure on which ones i need myself. can someone help me on choosing a light and where to get it. im planning on having a low light plant tank. having some dwarf anubias and java fer & moss. and maybe some dwarf hairgrass. thanks for the help.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:09 AM   #2
 
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Check out Doctorsfosterandsmith.com
They have great prices on lighting!
Also, they give a brief description of the lights and what they are best suited for.
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:27 PM   #3
 
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All of the plants you listed can do well in low lighting conditions, so you shouldn't need anything too fancy. What sort of lights do you have now? I think you'd be fine with something like a double tube T8 fixture (with the appropriate bulbs, of course).
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:17 PM   #4
 
how many watts of light would i need, estimated?
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
 
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I think two T8 tubes would probably give you a total of 30 or so watts. Of course, you'd want to make sure you have appropriate bulbs in the 6700K temperature range for optimum plant growth.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:54 AM   #6
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If your hood is not a double bulb fixture, you could always pick up a fixture at a place like Home Depot and then just put the right bulbs in. That's what I did for my 29 gallon ;)
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