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luisev 09-09-2008 08:23 PM

Lighting Options... Please help....
 
I'm looking at two lighting options for my freshwater 20g High tank and would appreciate some feedback on them.

Current:
http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/204839/product.web

Coralife:
http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/209668/product.web

I'm interested in placing Java Ferns, Anubia Nana, and African Swords. I'm curious as to which one you feel is a better choice as far as quality and lighting. Current is approx $10 cheaper, but I rather spend the extra money if the Coralife is a better unit. Thanks in advance for your time...

onefish2fish 09-09-2008 09:50 PM

your going to want aprox. 2-3 watts per gallon in a planted tank with a full spectrum light bulb ( you can pick up from home depot fairly cheap, LFS have them or order online )

so as for your question, the fixture itself isnt really the problem, the problem is getting the full spectrum light bulb with the correct number of watts. i personally have 2 light fixtures on my planted 55 gallon, you should be alright with the first one, granted you can get a 40w - 60w full spectrum bulb for it ( depending on light requirements of the plants )


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