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Old 04-03-2003, 02:34 PM   #1
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I got this aquarium (67 gallons)with an already made wooden cover......and a 40 watt 2ft bulb of course. Perfect for a fully loaded planted aquarium........Not..

The dimentions i have to play with is 3 feet 11" long and 5" across...
What kind of lighting should i get???
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:19 PM   #2
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So the wooden cover is 3' x 11" x 5"?
You're going to be severely limited for lighting in that canopy. Even if you do go with, say, two 96 watt Power Compact fluorescent lights, they are only three feet wide and would leave half a foot on each side unlit.
If it were me, I would sell the wooden canopy to someone who could fit it on their tank and either make your own four foot canopy or buy one.

Here are a few items for your shopping pleasure:
4x55w - 47" Solar Compact Light: $220
4x55w JBJ Formosa Deluxe with cooling fans and easy tilt brackets: $270

If you're on a budget, just do two double strip shop lights ($10 a piece) from Home Depot and stick four Sylvania Gro-Lux bulbs in there ($5 a piece) for 160 watts to get you started and save up for the power compacts.
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Seems kind of strange that a 4' tank would have a 3' canopy on it. I too would dump the canopy you have and either build or buy a new one. You can even pick up a basic one from www.ahsupply.com and get the PC retro-fit kits while you are there.
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Thanx for your input guyz....im sorry for not being clear about the cover......it fits over the tank perfectly.......its just that the space for the lights is a bit smaller.....i already went out today to an electrical shop (Dont have a Home Depot or Walmart down here in Trinidad)and got a few bulbs and fittings but im not sure its enough...i got 4.. F15T8 Grow Lite and all the connections and stuff ...I also got a 50 Watt Plant light so ill try an hook those up....it cost me about $35 USD....How much more would i need? or is that enough?..Its amaizing though ...down here no one knows about aqurium lights or grow lights....its really hard to find..And last week i gave up on finding Flourite.....no one knows what it is....they keep thinking its flouride......I decided to mix in some natural fertilizer which i got in the woods..
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Wow, we're really expanding our international member base here! Welcome to the board =)

So far you have the following:
- 2 foot bulb (most likely 20 watts, are you sure it is 40w?)
- Four 18" 15 watt bulbs
- 50w plant light - is this also fluorescent? Or halogen? Incandescent?

Total you have about a little over 100 watts. This is still a fairly low level of lighting. If you could return your four F15T8 lights and connections, I'd recommend going back and asking for an industrial lighting fixture for four foot bulbs. They usually come in either 2 or 4 bulb configurations for lighting workshops, offices, etc. and cost very little. Then ask for F40T12 bulbs over 5000k. Most of them will be either 3000K or 4100K. As long as they are "daylight" or very cool colored, they will work well with plants.
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Ok so the 2 ft bulb is 40 Watts,the space i have for the bulbs is a little less than 4 ft so the 4 ft bulb wouldnt work and the store doesnt have 3 ft bulb.The thing with this store is that i dont have to pay for anything it goes under a charge bill for the company so i like this store alott.I took the 4 18" bulbs and i noticed that i can still fit in 2 more so ill get them today...i can also fit in one compact flouricent bulb (got the idea from another post)...so ill do that today.Ill also have to put in a little fan as well.The plant light was too big for the fixture.
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