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lighting for riparium

Can someone give me suggestions for lighting on a 29 gallon riparium tank that will house fire bellies, aquatic plants, and other low light plants? I have used a double bulb fixture on a similiar planted tank with low lights but didn't know if that would be appropriate for the fire bellies. Thanks
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I can't speak for fire bellies or say what will work best for you, but I have used 13 watt 6500k cfl bulbs in clamp on reflector lamps for my 20g long 3x (30" long tank) (low light riparium and aquatic plants) the lights are 6-12" away from the riparium plants. I also have a 4' 6500k double bulb T5 on a 55g riparium (no aquatic plants) that's over 24" above the tank 's to trim (and my monstrous riparium plants are growing up past it).

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So do you think a single bulb fixture with at least 14 watts may work?
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I'd probably go with 2

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I have been rethinking my tank...decided to have the plants I want and allow them to grow my top needs to be open therefore will not have fire bellies...have fish instead. So what suggestions for lighting for the plants...Will hang fixture above 29 gallon...budget friendly please
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I am "bumping" this thread because I still need suggestions please...owners of riparium....what are you using as lights? As I mentioned...29 gallon...aquatic low light plants in water section...other plants in"suction" type planter or attached to driftwood. Light will be suspended above tank. LED or aquarium or hydroponic...budget friendly is necessary. Need someone to suggest what they are using that works for adequate plant growth.
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I would purchase two clamp lights from home depot and add two 23W bulbs. Only challenge would be finding a way to raise up the lights
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I would purchase two clamp lights from home depot and add two 23W bulbs. Only challenge would be finding a way to raise up the lights
I keep my clamp lamps on a simple cheap chain (can also get at home depot) and a hook that screws into the ceiling. I use a long chain that I can loop over the hook to shorten/lengthen distance of light from tank.

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My only thought is if you're doing CFLs, might as well bump it up to 32 or even 42 watts, unless that's too bright for you. I'm using two 2700K 42w CFLs in my 20 gal long setup, but it's not really "low light" so maybe it would be overkill for you. Most plants (even low light) won't complain about a little more light, IMO. But I'm relatively new to the planted tank hobby, so my advice should be taken with a grain of salt.

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What wattage you use depends on what plants you keep. Some riparium plants do worst in higher light like lucky bamboo and I recall being told told prayer plant tends to wilt/die off a bit if lighting is too strong. Its good to know what you are keeping (full plant list) first.

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I know the aquatic plants will be out of another tank...java, anubia, low light stem or two. As far as the "riparium" plants I have not planned that out. It will be easily available ones online or nurseries, etc, while I am trying out the set up. My concern is "spill" into the room...will there be much with the lights mentioned? Do they get hot? I am not experienced with anything except florescent.
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