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post #1 of 6 Old 12-10-2008, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 6 Old 12-12-2008, 08:09 AM
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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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post #3 of 6 Old 12-12-2008, 03:27 PM
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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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post #4 of 6 Old 12-13-2008, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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how many watts of light would i need, estimated?
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-14-2008, 11:56 AM
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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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post #6 of 6 Old 12-20-2008, 08:54 AM
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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 ;)

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Wormy; low light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )
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