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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-14-2003, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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hello all this is my first post
i am, within the week going to be compleatly redoing my 30gal and I want it to look great of course. so I'm asking eveyone what they think the best and cheapest form of lighting is, I will be building a new hood so that I can get the lighting I need. I'm also puting in a sand substrate and a DIY co2 system :lol:

anything that you cna help me with would be great

thanks

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-14-2003, 11:23 AM
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Appart from all the great info on this here forum, you might also enjoy this page http://www.fitchfamily.com/lighting.html

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e-fish,

Where do you live?
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Rex Grigg,

why do you want to know where I live?

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What does your budget look like? How much do you want to spend on lighting?

I think Rex is more interested in what country you live in. People in Australia for example have a very difficult time of getting power compact lighting cheaply because the shipping charges can double the cost of lighting.

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e-fish,

So I can come there and slap you around you silly goose. Actually it's just as DLeDeaux stated. There is no use giving an answer that involves companies that you can't/won't order from.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-15-2003, 03:48 AM
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Well actualy AHsupply arent that bad, they quoted me $35 on shipping to South Africa, might realy be worthwile if I take 3 kits.

Anyway, right now I must go bath, going for gastroscopy in 2 hours, so scared I'm shakeing.

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Anyway, right now I must go bath, going for gastroscopy in 2 hours, so scared I'm shakeing.
OOoo,,,Over share, Hope it goes (went) well. 8)

Back to topic, I'm using 96 watt power compact fluorescent bulbs(and fixtures) over my 30 gallon tanks. http://www.plantedtank.net/forum/vie...amp;highlight=

I used to use shop lights with normal output daylight fluorescent bulbs, but I was laying two shop lights over three 30 gallon tanks which used up the overhang. But knowing what I know now I'd just go for the 96 watt PC's since you're gonna want them later. Assuming, as Rex has mentioned, that you live in a place where you can get them.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-16-2003, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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I live in the states Michigan

and I will be will ing to spend around $50 on the lighting if I need to spend more I will

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Is that a 36" Long tank or a 30" long tank?

If its a 30" long tank I would get

2 x 55 watt Bright Kit™ Item # 30552 $64.99
55 watt 21.1" 6700K 11556 $18.99 (you'll need two of these)

So $102.97

If its a 36" long tank I would get

1 x 96 watt Bright Kit Item # 40961 $59.99
96 watt 34.1" 6700K 11966 $32.99

So $92.98 total

All of these are prices from www.AHSupply.com
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I think that might be too much light. I have a 55 gallon with the two 55 watt kit from ahsupply and I wish it wasn't so much. With CF from AHsupply, I would think only about 2 watts per gallon b/c the reflectors are really really really good. We do need the dimensions of your tank though to figue it out.

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3.6 watts per gallon with CO2 is pretty decent though.... If this was for a tank without CO2, I'd tone it down...
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-18-2003, 01:38 AM
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NFish,

I run a 4x55 watt AH Supply kit on my 55 gallon and love it. Sure it's work but I get great plant growth and hardly ever have to turn the lights on in the living room. It all depends on the plants one wishes to grow.
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I run 2x55 AH 5000/6700k split on my 29g and it is awesome!

of course I tend to like the hight light stem plants...and glosso
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