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36" fixture on a 30" tank??

anyone use a 36" fixture on a 30" tank like a 29 gallon? does the light spread all over the place? I just cant think of any other way to light a 29 gallon really...

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I have a 36" PC lighting system hanging over my 20. Light doesnt spread all over the place but makes the room a lot brighter with the light hanging off the edges.

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I have a 48" light over my 20gal high. It lights up my entire basement
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I have a 48" light over my 20gal high. It lights up my entire basement
48" over my 20gal long. lol. Ripped it down from the garage, so it was free.

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I used a 36" in a pinch when I had bulbs on order for my 30" lights. It worked well and made the room brighter. I don't recall it being too bright, but I only used it for a week.


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Why wouldn't you just get one that fits the tank instead of hanging over? AHSupply has fixtures that are under 30".


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Why wouldn't you just get one that fits the tank instead of hanging over? AHSupply has fixtures that are under 30".
Because bulbs almost always come in foot increments. The choice for a 30" inch tank is a 24" or 36" bulb, neither of which are ideal. I believe Coralife makes a true 30" bulb but they might be the only one.
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I'd go for something narrower than the tank w/ a good reflector. A light that hangs 3" over on each side and spills light everywhere kinda kills the aesthetics of a fish tank IMO. Or get the Coralife 30" unit.


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Aqueon makes a 30" bulb. I'm pretty sure I saw some at PetSmart the other day. They do have some on their website.


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I just bought a 30" t5 NO aqueon light at petsmart this past weekend. It's the same as the old coralife twin bulb NO fixture
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I just bought a 30" t5 NO aqueon light at petsmart this past weekend. It's the same as the old coralife twin bulb NO fixture
I have the same fixture. In my tank it doesnt provide enough light for the 29g's depth so I also have a 30" T8 fixture on there as well. This is a non C02 tank with potting soil.
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