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nano lighting question

Thinking about starting my own nano tank. The size of the tank is going to be dependent on which will work with my lighting. I have an old 18w light strip from my 20g high. Can I get by without a CO2 system/no ferts? I'm considering dosing flourish but I'm on a tight budget.

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From a 20G High, your light fixture will fit on a 15g. That would give you 1.2wpg but the spectrum on that bulb is going to be something like 3200k. You could likely get away with a decent low-tech tank, and I actually had success growing some other plants like Rotala's and such in that same setup. In that situation ferts won't be necessary, and neither will Co2 but the addition of either of them down the line won't really hurt.


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I can still use something lower than a 15G correct? I was thinking making a stand for the light to be a little farther away from my tank. So its not just hanging over the side.
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I suppose you could, but the intensity of those strip lights is fairly low do raising it any above the tank is going to make your "low light" even lower. That being said, yes you can do it but it definitely limits the kinds of things you can grow well.
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I would suggest getting rid of the strip light, going to Home Depot and getting a Hampton Bay 27W desk lamp, putting it over something like a 5.5g tank and running DIY Co2 on it. That'll give you a good choice of plants to grow and with Oto's they should take care of the GSA you'd get.


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