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ollecram 12-10-2008 07:33 PM

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.:-D

Twistersmom 12-12-2008 08:09 AM

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iamntbatman 12-12-2008 03:27 PM

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).

ollecram 12-13-2008 02:17 PM

how many watts of light would i need, estimated?

iamntbatman 12-14-2008 11:56 AM

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.

Kim 12-20-2008 08:54 AM

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 ;)

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