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Old 11-26-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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20 Gallon High Bulb


Hay guys! I've been a lurker to the site but I decided to join so I could learn

more. I've decided to scrape my 20 gallon and start over so I want to do it

right. I already started with two bags of eco-complete but I just need some help

as far as lighting go. After a good amount of research I've decided to go with

bulbs instead of a LED light so my first question is what's a good strong light

to start off with, I wouldn't mind growing a carpet species if possible. Also, my

hood holds one bulb but do I need to get one that holds two? Thanks for all

the help so far!

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Old 11-27-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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I just don't really want to spend $20 on a light that won't grow the plants I'd like to get...
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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I just don't really want to spend $20 on a light that won't grow the plants I'd like to get...
Hello, one cheap option is to get 2 CFL 23 watts bulbs - 6500K 3 inches over your tank, suspended with 2 cheap lamp sockets.

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:11 PM   #4
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An ordinary 6500K T8 bulb should give you good low light on that tank, Unless you also use CO2 you can't go any higher on light without major algae problems.
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2 23 watts would be a little high, right? I have 2 18 watts and I've started to get some algae, but I also just dose flourish excel, and not co2. So, it just depends on what you want out of your tank. But cfl is a cheap option I think
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I've been using a homemade Co2 system if that does affect the lighting choice. Thanks for all the help!
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2 23 watts would be a little high, right? I have 2 18 watts and I've started to get some algae, but I also just dose flourish excel, and not co2. So, it just depends on what you want out of your tank. But cfl is a cheap option I think
Hi, you maybe right because I had filamentous algae in the past, but the bulbs can be put higher if this is the case. 18W bulbs are not disponible where I am, it's 13 watts, than 23 watts.

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