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Old 05-15-2013, 04:16 AM   #1
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Thoughts on Finnex for 20g

Hello everyone,

If you've seen me lurking around forums here on plantedtank you know that I am a newbie and I recently set up a 20g high (24,12,16.2) about 3 weeks ago. Currently my aquarium holds 2 lily bulbs (growing slowly) and 4 white clouds (doing well so far).

My plan is to add more plants (and eventually add more fish, but priority is finishing the aquascape), but first I need to upgrade my lighting. Currently I have a 15W Repti Glo 2.0UVB lighting (as suggested by guy from fish store). As a newbie I currently have no interest in delving into the world of CO2 injection. So, I would like a light that isn't so bright that it will cause an unmanageable algae problem, but it needs to be bright enough to offer a variety of plant options (I love the look of dhg)

So far I am leaning more towards LED lighting, but I don't have tons of money to spend on lighting.

Here is what I am wondering:
If I bought this 10" LED light fixture would it be bright enough to handle a 20g high? Finnex Fugeray-R Ultra Slim Aquarium LED Light Fixture: Pet Supplies Finnex Fugeray-R Ultra Slim Aquarium LED Light Fixture: Pet Supplies

If not, could I supplement light with this: ...? ViaAqua 12in 2.7 watt Blue & White LED Light & Airstone: Pet Supplies ViaAqua 12in 2.7 watt Blue & White LED Light & Airstone: Pet Supplies

OR would it be better to just go with something like this (keeping in mind I don't have a fixture, just a clunky hood):

With the last lighting option, would a 12" work, or is it wise to go 20"?

Thanks for any tips. It seems the more I read the more confused I become.

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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The first two aren't going to work for you.

You'll want something that spans the majority of the width of the tank. A 24" FugeRay fixture would give you low light.

Even though you're new, reading a bit in the lighting sticky will help you understand various lighting levels. It's way less complicated than you'd expect.
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what he said ^

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Old 05-15-2013, 01:19 PM   #4
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I have a 20 High as well, and just got a Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED+ in yesterday. It's the 24"-32" size, so you barely have to extend the feet to rest it comfortably on an Aqueon 20 gallon High. Nice LED light spread all throughout the tank, I can even see what's going on at the roots of the background plants now, haha. My plants are low light, maybe some medium, and with the Orange/White high level light setting, it's definitely far brighter than the floro full spectrum 18" bulb hood that came with the Aqueon.
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