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smit3183 04-27-2013 08:54 PM

Would a single T5 NO be ok for a 20 gallon long?..
And what kind of lighting would that put me at? Looking mainly at low light plants.

ao 04-27-2013 08:59 PM

how long is the light?
I'm inclined to say that you should be able to grow lowlight plants without any problems
but asking for more info on the light is probably better^_^

smit3183 04-27-2013 09:10 PM

Since its a 30' tank should be a 24' bulb

ao 04-27-2013 09:23 PM

yep sounds good for low light ^_^
i probably wouldnt do any floaters though :)

smit3183 04-27-2013 09:26 PM

How come no floaters? Too short of a tank? I had planned on using some.

ao 04-27-2013 10:57 PM

they might block out too much light ^_^ but since I've never owned a T5NO I'm running on assumptions. It could be brighter~ you should wait for the input of other members as well :)

smit3183 04-27-2013 11:07 PM

Oh it won't be a problem, planning on having mostly anubias and low light crypts.

ao 04-27-2013 11:10 PM

I'd say you're absolutely good to go then ^_^
IME Anubias are indestructible~

MoneyMitch 04-27-2013 11:12 PM

you should be fine, look at JDM's tank, his is low light LED comparable to a single t5 NO and his tank is covered in duckweed and he is getting good results as far as my opinion goes.

(the shotgun approach to planting a tank) atleast I think that's his thread - its under the planted section

Quantum 04-27-2013 11:15 PM

I have a single 30" 18 watt T5 (the 24" T5s are 14 watts) over my 29 and the crypts and java fern do well with it along with floating plants

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