05-11-2013, 11:27 PM
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Opinion on lighting if I upgrade my tank?
I just realized my stand is also made to fit a 37 gallon tank.. I've currently got a 28gal bowfront on it, and thought the only larger tank I could get was a 29gal, which seemed like a pointless upgrade. I found a 37gal on craigslist that I will hopefully be picking up tomorrow. My concern is with the lighting.. I haven't figured out what kind of lighting it may come with, but I'm assuming for this size tank (22" tall) I'd probably need like 2 t5HO to keep at least medium lighting. I'm currently running two t5no bulbs on a tank that's about 20" tall, but the light is also only 24" long... The new tank will be 30" long.
If the tank doesn't come with a light, or only something like a single t8, would I be ok with my current light, and then also using my old 24" single t8 until I can get a better set up?
I'm not sure how much more I will need to compensate for the additional depth and length. I've got some small swords on the bottom of my tank, as well as microsword. I've got cabomba (sp?) in the background which I am not as worried about..
EDIT: I did confirm it will not come with any light, but it seems like there's a very good chance I'll be picking up my new tank tomorrow for $40 :)
Last edited by jennesque; 05-11-2013 at 11:45 PM..