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If You Had A Choice...

Which would you choose and why? Set up a 10 gal. or a 20L. I am not looking for the obvious reason.."set up the 20 because it's bigger!" , more on the question of lighting.
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20 there is just alot more surface area to scape, you would have more room to put some hills, rocks, or a nice piece of wood.

im pretty sure most 20L tanks are more shallow then a standard 10g.


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a 20 gallon long?

Personally, if I only had the space... I LOVE the 20 longs - they give you more planting area and more room for fishes to go back and forth... plus, you can get a more powerful light for it...

Although, so far, my absolute favorite tank size ever is the 40 gallon Breeder. If I had space for THAT, I'd ditch my 37 gallon tall tank in two seconds... Well, a little longer than that 'cause I'd have to take some time to transfer fish and water...
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20L, but it varies upon budget and space. Lighting would be more expensive, also requires more space
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Finding 30" lighting for a 20 gallon long SUCKS.


+1 vote for the 40 gallon breeder if you find room for it.
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I vote for the 20 long. Brings back memories when I had one, it was awesome

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Haha..a 40 breeder was not one of the options guys...heck if it was I might as well set up a 125 right? No, it's 10 or 20L. They are both sitting empty in my spare room. I have most of what I would need for either, except lighting if I decided to do the 20.
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Go with an Iwagumi scaped 20 long. It'll be sweet! as for lighting, just do 2 offset 55 watt CFs. That'll be some light!

Just a thought.
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2 x 55 w lights is overkill for a 30 gallon tank, let alone a 20 gallon. Use some common sense, but I vote for the 20 long too. You can't stick many plants in a 10 gallon


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So, what lighting would be good for the 20L, w/ no CO2? And thanks for everyone's input so far.
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ummmm....why not setup both.

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As far as lighting goes, neither one is ideal. It's easiest to light tanks that are a multiple of 2 feet, since 55/65 Watt PCs are readily available and there are plenty of choices for 4 or 6 foot tanks. I'd go with the 20 long. You can buy use a single 22" PC for a medium light application or 2 over-lapping ones if you really want high light, but I wouldn't recommend that.

Current makes PC fixtures in 30" length with either 1 or 2 PCs.

If you already have the lighting for the 10, that's obviously an advantage, but they are small.
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Coralife makes a 30" PC light

http://www.bigalsonline.com lookup part number 7878
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For a 20L, why not get a 30" T-5 36W strip. Inexspensive, puts out great light. I would add a DIY CO2 though.
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I will start researching DIY CO2 and see if I want to go that route. I saw this thread last night and he has great tanks with no CO2.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ph...75-update.html
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