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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-20-2015, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Low light low tec tank lighting question

I want to do a low tec tank. My new tank is 36" 3/8 L, 18" 3/8 W, 25"H. It came with a 36"strip 25w T8 full spectrum. I got Eco compleat soil. Want to grow Anubius, Val, Java fern, Cryptorynes Pennywort, Hornwort or other lower light stems possibly a Aponogeton and swords.What would be a good lighting choice I am not a do it your self type. How are the new LEDs I like how they run cool.I appreciate any help feel free to PM me with a recomended product,brand or place to shop if recomendations are not allowed..............Thanks
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-20-2015, 06:17 PM
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Lighting for a Low Tech Tank

Hello 100...

I'd use a couple of two bulb fixtures from the local hardware store, like Lowe's. The whole thing might cost $50.00, bulbs and all. For bulbs, I'd get four 32 watt, T8s. Florescent lighting has a much cooler temperature, so the fixtures can sit directly on the glass canopy. The bulbs last well over a year. This is the only kind of lighting I'd use for larger tanks.


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I use a 36 inch long Finnex Fugeray Planted Plus on my 65 gallon tank, which is what you have. I hang it so it is about 25 inches from the substrate, and I'm getting good low light with it. I dose Excel and lightly dose per EI with the other nutrients. My plants are doing good, growing slowly, and with almost no algae problems. I got mine from Amazon.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-20-2015, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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