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How much light do I want for a shrimp tank?

I want to set up a 29 gallon tank for just cherry shrimp. I do want to grow plants in the tank- mosses, java fern on rocks, and some other plants as well. I'm not planning to add CO2.

I need to pick out a light for tank.

I've had pretty good results with growing plants in 125 gallon tank using a pair of planted tank fixtures from buildmyled.com

How much light am I going to want to keep my plants and shrimp happy?

I've read that if I have "too much" light I'll get algae... now is this just a tasty snack for the shrimp, and therefore fine, or is it something they will ignore?

I was looking at led lights.

buildmyled.com: http://www.buildmyled.com/freshwater-planted-tank/

finnex fudgeray: http://www.amazon.com/Finnex-FugeRay-Aquarium-Moonlights-30-Inch/dp/B008K23JE4/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1366030597&sr=1-1&keywords=finnex+fugeray+30+inch
The build my led light would have higher output I believe, and a longer 3 year warranty. Finnex's warranty is only a few months.

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I would get the FugeRay. Low wattage, and very bright. In my experience, they don't really eat the algae, but they do pick at it.

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I just received my Finnex FugeRay on Friday, 30" for my 20L and 20" for my 10G. I have to say they are very bright, looks to be brighter than the dual T5NO I had for my 20L, and the 20" on the 10G looks brighter than the 18W CFL although it is only 10W.

Can't say for long term but I'm very happy with them so far. I hope they will grow algae but only time can tell. They are not that much more than DIY and looks much better.
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You don't need those kind of lighting brand if you aren't using CO2. Cheaper method:

http://www.amazon.com/GE-Lighting-89095-Daylight-Fluorescent/dp/B002YEXMUK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1366044365&sr=8-2&keywords=daylight+flourescent+bulb
http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Deluxe-Porcelain-5-5-Inch/dp/B0002AQCX2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1366044353&sr=8-3&keywords=terrarium+light
I picked up like 10 of the Zoo Med dome lamp for $3 each at a Petsmart clearance. I am able to grow anything on it with that much lighting. Haven't try HC so don't know if it efficient but I can tell it's damn bright for it size and price.
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Of course you could just go to your local hardware store and pick up a clamp light for $6 on up.



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Search at Bay web for topdogsellers .He has very good deals for T5HO and LED fixtures.
I'll go with T5HO.They will grow more algae and you will have higher babies survivor rate.
You can use one bulb for 10-12h or both for 6-8h depend of how much algae on the glass you need.
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