08-25-2011, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by HawaiianFish
The tank I am getting measures 48" L x 13" W x 20" H
This may be a stupid question but I really do not understand this.
I assume that I need a 48" light to run across my tank. Is this not correct? How can I use a 36" light much les anything smaller then 48" ? Won't the light just fall into the tank?
I also see that some light fixtures have adjustable legs to mount the lights, do all of the light fixtures come with this feature?
Can you point me in the right direction? I am going to get a few plants but they will be easy to care for plants. I also live in Hawaii where sun is abundant and I can just leave my window open to get some sunlight. The lighting would be primarily for at night when I want to look at the fish when I come home from work.
Could you give me some links to some of the better quality lights? I'm looking in the $100-$150 range.
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Hello and welcome to TFK
For the setup that it sounds like you are going with T8 fixture will be good. You have a couple of choices depending on what you want to do. You can either do a ful hood that will cover the entire length, or you can do a split hood. Also you have the choice of doing a glass hood in which your light fixture will sit on the hood or a plastic hood that has an area for the lights to be able to fit into. With keeping plants in the tank you will want to have the lights on during the day so that they plants get suffecient light from above, usually about 8 to 12 hours depending on the light needs of the plants, and balancing of nutrients. This is another issue in itself, which you can read more about in a four part series that was done by Byron on basicl approach to the natural planted aquarium which can be found in the aquarium plants section. Here is a link that can give you an idea on some pricing and what is available that would work Fish & Aquarium Supplies: Fluorescent Fixtures
I have seen the all glass fluorescent full hoods recommended, or you could do one of the single tube fluorescent strips and place it on a glass canopy top. I myself have the marineland fluorescent hood which has worked well with my set up. Also for your lighting I would suggest using a timer it makes it easier and you don't have to worry about how long the lights are on for and if you forget to turn them on or off. Also if you leave to go to work early in the morning you can set the timer to go on later in the morning while you are at work.
Last edited by BarbH; 08-25-2011 at 02:24 PM..
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