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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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hey guys, i dont have my tank ready yet but i got most of the supplies.
this is what i got tow ork with:
20gallon long with hood and gutter for light hood (gotta paint it black)
18" plant light
millenium 2000 (has a air intake that can easily be modified to suck up co2)
gonna use fine gravel and kitty litter
piece of small drift wood
medium rock


i wanna put a ram in the tank with some neon tetras and rasboas and scarlet pleco. might get some corydoras as well.
gonna use a hang on 75w heater for them.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-25-2002, 10:41 PM
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Cool... How many watts is that 18" plant light, 15 watts maybe. You're gonna need 2 watts per gallon minimum for a low light tank. 3 watts per gallon would be better. That means 60 watts for a 20gal. tank. If you want to have nice plants there really is no other way. Plants need light to grow. If they don't get it they just slowly wither away and die. Theres a lot of ways to add more light. Take a look in the lighting section of this board. Theres also some stuff in the DIY section if you'd like to try ODNO lighting. ODNO is a way to boost the output of standard flourescents to make them brighter. Check it out!!!
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thanx ill take a look
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Im sure you already know this but make sure you wash your kitty litter VERY good. i made the mistake of not fully washing some extra litter i put around some plants and even that little bit clouded the water for a few hours......and with that 18" im taking it that it is 15watts with od'ing that light you should be able to get about 50watts out of it......and i believe i read somewhere on this site that od'ing those lights at only 2x power(instead of 4) gives you about 30watts of light...and if that is the case just od 2 lights at 2x power and that way you will have 60watts equaling 3WPG.....which is pretty ideal for most plants

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Oh i forgot to mention this you CAN use 4foot t8/t12 ballast for your 18" bulbs which leaves you with room to expand if ever needed

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-26-2002, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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i just have a regular "lights of america" brand 18" light fixture that i put a planted light bulb on. it is 1 watts, and i have no clue on how to tweek it because those other posts are about real ballast and stuff that u actually build and not buy.
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No in the Od'ing post the ballast they are talking about are ones you can buy from HomeDepot/Lowes ect....just make sure when you get the ballast it is an electronic one or else you have to fiddle with starters and "crap"......and the part they are building would be the canopy (havent read the post in a while so i might be wrong...but building a ballast seems sorta tuff)...good luck

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2002, 03:41 PM
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Your bulb can't be 1 watt, I don't think they make one watt bulbs! You will probably need more light anyway, if you just have a single flourescent tube over your tank. I would definitely look in the ODNO post.

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