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Hello everyone well I had a problem with my lighting and was wondering if I could just go out and buy a peice of plexi Glass and cut out the slots for the filter and stuff, then put a basic lamp with a screw in flouresent ontop for more light. Would this work? I also Have another 24" flouresent over it. Right now I only have java fern and I cant remember the other name (both lower light plants) Would this be a better bet in the long run for these plants, and newer ones??
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Let's see... you have a 20 gal tank with insufficient light (sorry!).

First, decide if you want a low light, lower maintenance tank with plants that can tolerate it. Or if you want to go high light, CO2, fertilizer testing and dosing, and aim for a beautiful scape like Vincent Changs.

Let's say you want to go medium light, DIY CO2, and light additions of fertilizers. For a 20 gal tank, you should look for at least 2.5 Watts per gallon, which will come out to about 55W.

Coincidentially, there is a pretty good solution that you can find here http://www.ahsupply.com/36-55w.htm for around 45$, which will get a a good reflector, ballast, and all the necessary screws and cables to get it into a hood. Then, you still need a bulb, and ppl here agree that the GE Aquarays 9325K is probably the best you can get, unless you are allergic to the slightly pink hue (your plants aren't!)

Alternatively, you could get the parts for perhaps 3 of those 24" bulbs and DIY them into your own canopy. That will give you a very even lighting, a wide variety of bulbs to choose from, and the option to "overdrive" them if you ever feel that it is not enough light.

I am not recommending the screw-ins for anything bigger than a 10 gal because of problems to evenly light a larger tank with them.


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Thanks Alot for the sugestions. I geuss thats not too expensive




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