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Old 03-17-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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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
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:24 PM   #2
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Hey, that's what I'm doing!
I plan on doing one sponge filter and one AC30 HOB.
Lighting - FugeRay
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:31 PM   #3
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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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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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A couple 13w CLF spiral bulbs work well too.
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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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Old 03-18-2013, 11:51 PM   #8
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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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Old 03-18-2013, 11:46 PM   #9
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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 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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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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You won't be losing light...? I have several of the fixtures. While they're probably more expensive than you need for this project (they're not my favorite fixtures - but they're convenient), you definitely wouldn't be losing any light because there are a few extra blue LEDs attached. If you don't want to use them, don't flip the blue switch on.

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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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Old 03-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #13
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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 .
They do, the Ray II DS http://www.aquavibrant.com/finnex-ra...ual-7000k.html

It is said to have much more light than FugeRay, for 30", it uses 5w more. I'm looking into these two models myself for 20G/L.
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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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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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