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Lighting questions for a tall tank

I am debating on if I should go 18" or 24" tall on my next tank....(24L or 30Lx12W)

It will be low tech w/o co2 and low lights...maybe dose excel once here and there but try to keep it as simple as possible...currently I have a low tech shrimp tank and most likey I will use the plants available in my low tech tank or just get some more low light plants....

my question is that if I go with 24"...i will need to use a high wattage bulb for the light to reach down to the bottom where I will have microswords for foreground....but that means the upper tank will have higher wattage and I am afraid that will cause algae problem...what should I do? or just go with 18"? thank you

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I would go with the 18. I have a 2ft deep hex and I've had no luck with plants so far. The hex doesn't have any length to it so I have to have a very short ballast that can only hold 14w of light so you might have more luck than me.
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