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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Looking into getting a 20L...need help

Like the title says I am thinking about starting another shrimp tank but this time I want to do a 20 long. My main question is what are the best choices for lighting? I WANT LOW TECH. No co2 and no ferts but still heavily planted. I figured with so many people out there with 20 long shrimp tanks this would be the best place to post. I plan on running 2 of the ATI pro ii sponge filters although I could get a 3rd if need be. I am going to be using new Amazonia substrate. I am not quite ready to get everything, I'm just trying to plan ahead. Also I'm not trying to spend a fortune on the lighting. I want enough light to grow stem plants, moss, and your other typical aquarium plants but not so much light I have algae issues. Thanks for any and all help
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Hey, that's what I'm doing!
I plan on doing one sponge filter and one AC30 HOB.
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Fugeray sounds fine for lighting as long as you raise it some. A single T5 (regular output, not HO) is fine too for low light.
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A couple 13w CLF spiral bulbs work well too.

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I have a 20 gallon high that's about 15 years old. I have the fluorescent light that came with it. Obviously it's a little shorter but with a glass top would that light work?
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Fugeray, IMO I wish I would have bought a bunch of these for all my tanks...

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So if I got the fugeray would I have to hang it or could I set it directly ontop of the tank?
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Like the title says I am thinking about starting another shrimp tank but this time I want to do a 20 long. My main question is what are the best choices for lighting? I WANT LOW TECH. No co2 and no ferts but still heavily planted. I figured with so many people out there with 20 long shrimp tanks this would be the best place to post. I plan on running 2 of the ATI pro ii sponge filters although I could get a 3rd if need be. I am going to be using new Amazonia substrate. I am not quite ready to get everything, I'm just trying to plan ahead. Also I'm not trying to spend a fortune on the lighting. I want enough light to grow stem plants, moss, and your other typical aquarium plants but not so much light I have algae issues. Thanks for any and all help

I have a 20 long lit with 13 watt CFL bulb and nice and bright other than 2 inches on both sides but you could use a higher watt bulb or hang it lower.

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Fugeray, IMO I wish I would have bought a bunch of these for all my tanks...

I looked into led and heard great things about fugeray but I did not want blue light and it had more blue than I wanted.
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Fugeray lighting isn't blue unless you turn on the blue moonlights.

Though, for a 20gal long, there are cheaper LED options.

You could even get a new Aqueon modular LED fixture if you want to be low light. Those are cheap.
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There probably are cheaper options out there, but I got the fugeray for my tank and I love it!

Mine's low-tech-ish... I am dosing some flourish excel daily and micros 3x a week until the plants grow out a bit, but other than that, pretty low-tech.

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Looking into getting a 20L...need help

When people talk about 20L aquariums what do they mean? 20 liters long tank? Or 20 gallon long tank? Or what? I have looked almost everywhere and I cannot seem to find out what they really are! Thanks!
P.S. not trying to hijack your thread(:
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Looking into getting a 20L...need help

They mean 20 Gallons long lol.

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Hi, Fr0sty, how long have you had that light on the tank? Any issue with algae? I'm thinking to get some for my 20G/Ls, but not sure to get FugeRay or the DS II. (for 24" long ones, only 5 w difference)

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There probably are cheaper options out there, but I got the fugeray for my tank and I love it!

Mine's low-tech-ish... I am dosing some flourish excel daily and micros 3x a week until the plants grow out a bit, but other than that, pretty low-tech.

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Fugeray lighting isn't blue unless you turn on the blue moonlights.

Though, for a 20gal long, there are cheaper LED options.

You could even get a new Aqueon modular LED fixture if you want to be low light. Those are cheap.

What I should have said is that I did not like that I would lose light due to blue leds which I would never use.

I wonder why they dont make them without blue .
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