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dee105 04-16-2007 11:23 PM

Aquarium Lighting Question
I am just setting up my 90 gallon tank. I still need some lighting though. I was wondering if I could use just a regular strip light from Home Depot, or do I have to buy a light made specifically for my tank.. I was told by a pet store owner today that A Home Depot light would be good.. since I have a glass lid and a wooden hood that has vents in it. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dee

Age of Aquariums 04-16-2007 11:25 PM

Measure the top of the tank and tell mt the width.

dee105 04-16-2007 11:27 PM

My tank is 48" wide

Lupin 04-16-2007 11:37 PM


Originally Posted by dee105
My tank is 48" wide

Appears to be a length.:)

I buy my lights from Ace Hardware.;) Fluorescent lights are the best way to grow plants compared to incandescents. You might give lumens consideration for planted tanks should you wish to keep plants as well.:)

Here are some good links to read.

Good luck.:)

soulcoffr 04-17-2007 04:06 PM

That is an awesome website where they've obviously done their homework. There's even a calculator that'll give you a good idea of how much of what kind of light you need. Very well done.

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