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Old 12-09-2003, 12:23 AM   #1
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I have recently decided on making my 20 gallon long a planted tank, but I have no clue on what to do for lighting. Could someone please help me on what would be the best for a nice, somewhat heavly planted tank? Being a student, money is very tight. Any help is appreciated as all of my new plants are dieing as I type this.
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Old 12-09-2003, 01:21 AM   #2
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money is tight huh? well, if you can swing $70 you can get a 65 watt power compact hood from hellolights.com with a 6700k bulb. That would be enough light for your tank.
You'd probably want this one: http://hellolights.com/241xcofraq1x.html
of course with that much light, you'd have to add liquid ferts, maybe root tabs, and definitely CO2, but CO2 can be done for $10 on your tank, and the ferts wont' be that bad either.
ask for that light hood for xmas
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Old 12-09-2003, 04:52 AM   #3
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I put a 55w kit from http://www.ahsupply.com on my 20g long with a GE 9325k bulb.
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Old 12-09-2003, 02:02 PM   #4
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I wasn't sure, as a student, if charger would have access to the tools needed to assemble a kit from AHsupply. But I do believe AH's kits are a little cheaper.
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Old 12-09-2003, 04:58 PM   #5
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Well.... If you're on a student budget.. you could always do what I did for my 22 Gallon...

I used 4 x 23 watt Screw in Compact Flourescent bulbs in salvaged incandescent canopies from pet stores. I bought a glass lid, and voila..
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Old 12-09-2003, 05:33 PM   #6
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Do those need a ballast too?
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Old 12-09-2003, 05:39 PM   #7
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nope.. the "ballast" is part of the screw in base.
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nice!!!
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Old 12-09-2003, 06:10 PM   #9
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This is by no means an "ideal" setup, however for the student on a budget, this can be a really quick and dirty way to get started.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forum/vie...amp;highlight=
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