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331hemi 03-30-2011 08:10 PM

Lighting
 
ok folks,i`ll try to keep this short.I have a 120 gal,60 inch tank,freshwater and no plants.As you may know,60 inch fixtures are hard to find so I bought a 48 inch and 2 aquarium lights at Home Depot.Seems to me both ends of the tank are a little dark.The fixture is to be housed in a hood I constructed.I guess my question is there a 48 inch I can buy that will light this up,or just give me some direction. Thanks

fishmamma 03-31-2011 01:53 AM

I found that 6700K is pretty bright..kinda light blueish.. , you might try that..

Byron 04-01-2011 03:58 PM

If the tubes are 48-inch, and two of them, you have plenty of light, especially without plants. I have this over my 5-foot 115g. It is heavily planted, and has done well for 15+ years.

Without plants, I would even consider a single 48-inch tube. The more light, the more algae, though again without plants that is not really an issue. And algae will handle a lot of nutrients. More important is the brightness on the fish. This does matter, depending upon the fish. A brightly-lit tank, and one with no "cover" as plants would provide, can be very stressful to many fish species.

Byron.


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