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Help with lighting Please

Please help me . I am fairly new to this ..I have several tanks mostly cichlid but now want a planted tank I have a smaller 20gal tall tank and I am in the process of getting lights I am confused .. Looking at T5 HO 24" 2X24 watts for a total of 48 watts or a 4X24 T5 Ho total of 96 watts I feel the 96 watt lights would be too strong ..Both fixtures bulbs are 6500K and both fixtures have good german reflectors Please Someone help me decide..My mind is spinning
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I had a 2x T5ho 24w on a 28 bowfront thats 18 inches deep. It grew low-medium light plants but high light plants did not do too well. Maybe with less depth it would do better. I also had some algae before i added CO2.
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I would rather grow med. to high light plants If the 96watt is too much light i might be able to use a 20" 4x18 total 72watt light fixture instead of a 24" 4x24 watt total 96 watt Thanks for the info
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One of the questions you will need to think about is if you want to do CO2. Without CO2, high light just gives you an algae farm.

If this is your first planted tank I would suggest not doing it and just going low medium light and get your feet wet that way. I say this not because CO2 is hard, but setting up a high tech tank involves a lot more capital expenditure, so I typically recommend against it until people really know that they like keeping planted tanks and are going to stick with it.
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I'd suggest a fixture that you can choose how many bulbs are lit. Different tank but I went with a 2 bulb fixture and now wish I got a 4 that I could turn one off on.
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Well do you want to inject Co2? High Medium to high light would require that or you will just have tons of algae. If you want plants like an amazon sword, anubias or things like that you can do low-medium lighting.


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I'm using T5 HO 24" 2X24 watts on my 20 gallon high tank. I did have a problem with algea until I started using excel. Now everything is thriving and no algea problems since. I do not use co2 injection.
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Thanks it is just what I wanted to hear I will probably go with the 4x24 t5 ho and start with just one set of lights 2x24 48watts .. and leave the other plug out..Again thanking everyone out there for taking the time and answering me
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