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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Low lighting for a 20 Long

Hi everyone, I did some searching but i couldnt find many good suggestiong, so i thought id ask. im planning a 20 long, i would like it to be low light for easy maintenance. I want to spend as little on this as possible! i want to buy a fixture, i dont have time for DIY and i want it to look nice and sleek, and not be bulky and ugly.

does anyone have suggestions of actual fixtures to purchase? i found two that i think would work, but i really am open to all other suggestions!

here are the two i found ( a 20 long is 30" long by the way)

http://www.kensfish.com/moreinfo/dee...-light-24.html (im almost positive it has extendable legs)

http://www.aquariumguys.com/aqualigh...t-fixture.html (the bulb on this one is 30". would bulbs prove difficult to find down the road?)


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Check out my DIY 20L lighting. I don't think it looks big or bulky and cost me about 25 bucks total including the dome lights
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it doesnt look bad at all, although i would like something a little sleeker
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I have a 20g L also & just use a cheap single T8.

I've been thinking of upgrading - not for higher light - I don't want to do CO2 - but something sleeker & nicer - just better.

I don't think a single light shows off the fish very well either & my tank is in a rather dark location (basement).

I like what you've done Knox but where my tank is I don't have space to do that.

I kind of like the one from Kens fish.

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Coralife T5NO 30" fixture. Two bulbs.

You can use window screen under the fixture to cut lighting down if you find that necessary.
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Coralife T5NO 30" fixture. Two bulbs.

You can use window screen under the fixture to cut lighting down if you find that necessary.
do you think the second fixture i linked would be okay? i think its the same as a coralife, because its listed with a Colormax bulb.
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do you think the second fixture i linked would be okay? i think its the same as a coralife, because its listed with a Colormax bulb.
You're right, those two fixtures are the same. It is a Coralife Aqualight.
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You're right, those two fixtures are the same. It is a Coralife Aqualight.
cool!

so then do you guys think a 1 bulb would be a good choice? i really dont want to mess with co2
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You can check Hoppy's charts to confirm, but the Coralife T5NO is not a particularly bright light and the reflectors are pretty poor. I believe you'll be in low light...I actually plan on buying it for my 20L where I intend on growing low light plants and moss. Like somewhatshocked said, if it does end up being a tad too bright, there are very easy ways to reduce the amount of light coming through.
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Check out my DIY 20L lighting. I don't think it looks big or bulky and cost me about 25 bucks total including the dome lights
Exactly what I'm using. I need to paint mine black though!
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if your willing to spend just a little more, aquatraders has cheap t5 lights. i have one, works great!
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Since the OP wants low light, there's no need to spend more.

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if your willing to spend just a little more, aquatraders has cheap t5 lights. i have one, works great!
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I'm trying to keep it as cheap as possible. And now that I think of it, the room it's in will have a good amount of ambient light. It will be in my orchid room so it will get some from the orchid lights. Not enough to cause algae but enough to notice. I think I'll go with the 1 bulb
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Low light on a 20L? Just get a cheap single 30" (with 24" bulb) T8 fixture.
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Low light on a 20L? Just get a cheap single 30" (with 24" bulb) T8 fixture.
and there and good priced slender fixtures out there? or would i have to diy one myself?
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