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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-21-2006, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Understanding the type of lighting I need... questions.


I am slightly confused as to what type of lighting I need. I have your standard 20 gallon long aquarium w/ hood. It has 1 24" florecent bulb (which happens to be 17w). Now, from what I've read that is not enough lighting. I would like to grow some floaters (which seem to have high-light requirments). What type of light bulb can you use to make these survive and flourish?

Would you need VHO? Acintic? Full spectrum?
(Also is there anyway to convert a regular hood to VHO compatible?)

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Power compact lighting from AH Supply www.ahsupply.com

Or you could add a few more bulbs to your tank. But keep in mind that there is a big difference between normal flourescent lighting and power compact. Power compact lights are much more intense and produce tons more light per watt.
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I second Jon's suggestion. AHS has retrofits second to none, and are extremely helpful when you have questions.

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