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Question Lighting for 30 gallon?

Want to know what lighting I would need to get high light for my 30g. Dimensions: 36" L x 18" H x 12" D. I was previously told to get 2 bulb T5HO for moderate light, so would I need 3 bulbs to get high? I plan on doing DIY CO2 also. Thanks in advance!

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Take a look at this thread: Lighting an Aquarium with PAR instead of Watts

Scroll down to the chart that's titled "PAR vs Distance for Various T5 Lighting Fixtures." That should help narrow down the list for ya.
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I have that thread bookmarked but thank you! I've also previously talked to Hoppy about low light but realize now that many of the plants I want need medium to high light. The charts kind of confuse me but read another thread posted tonight and saw many recommended the finnex ray 2, which I think I'll try. Thanks for your input!

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I have a 30 gallon and I'm going to go with the finnex II. http://www.aquavibrant.com/finnex-ra...ual-7000k.html

That's what everyone told me would be the best option. It should be enough for medium to high light plants. It grows dwarf baby tears very well from what everyone has said.




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I have a 30 gallon and I'm going to go with the finnex II. http://www.aquavibrant.com/finnex-ra...ual-7000k.html

That's what everyone told me would be the best option. It should be enough for medium to high light plants. It grows dwarf baby tears very well from what everyone has said.
The post I mentioned previously was actually yours, so thank you for you input Sounds like the finnex ray 2 is the best option for both of our tanks! I'm excited to buy it.

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Like Sluuuder mentioned, there really isn't a valid reason to pass up the Finnex Ray II if you have a tank size that fits well.
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The post I mentioned previously was actually yours, so thank you for you input Sounds like the finnex ray 2 is the best option for both of our tanks! I'm excited to buy it.
Yeah cause honestly the next best light for out tanks is a 30inch oddessy t5HO with four bulbs and 136 watts. High lighting but the oddessy is 85 I think and LEDs look much better so yeah the finnex II should be best for our tanks.

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Like Sluuuder mentioned, there really isn't a valid reason to pass up the Finnex Ray II if you have a tank size that fits well.
Yeah, it should be a nice snug fit.




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Yeah cause honestly the next best light for out tanks is a 30inch oddessy t5HO with four bulbs and 136 watts. High lighting but the oddessy is 85 I think and LEDs look much better so yeah the finnex II should be best for our tanks.
I was also trying to avoid getting a 30", because my tank is 36" long and I don't want dark corners (my current problem)! Finnex 2 I think will do very well.

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