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post #5 of (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 12:44 AM
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If you don't have aquatic plants, and have a dense growth of terrestrial plants above the water, you can use a lot of light without too much problem with algae underwater. Will there be fish in the tank?

I assume the tank is 36 inches long, so you will want a 36 inch long light. You could use a hydroponic T5HO light, which is cheaper than aquarium lights. I don't think you will want more than a one bulb light though.

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