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Hello. I'm trying to figure out lighting for a couple of tanks without breaking the bank. i'll be shooting for about 2 wpg.

For the 30 I was looking at this:
http://www.aquatraders.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=312
it's a 24" 1x65W compact fluorescent by Odyssea for $34.90. is it too short for the 36" long tank? there are 30" 1x65 but not for that price and not on that website.


For the 20H i found this one:
http://www.aquatraders.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=346
it's 20" 1x36W compact fluorescent by Odyssea for $29.90. this one is closer to the tank length of 24" so it shouldn't be a problem?

also, these fixtures don't have a fan. is that a big problem? i'm unfamiliar with CF fixtures.

any other suggestions for lighting solutions would be very welcomed. Thanks!
 

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For 30", get this: http://www.hellolights.com/301xcofraqcf.html

For 20", you can get the one at the link you posted, but it'll hang over the side of the tank. IMO, it's kinda ugly that way. Other choices for a 20" tank are the Current USA Satellite or Obit fixtures (40W or 80W) or the Coralife Quad (96W) fixture. You can try the Catalina Aquarium fixtures too (36W, 72W).

And for any of those tanks, you can try www.ahsupply.com retrofit kits.

Odyssea has had a history of their fixtures catching on fire or melting. Search these forums for more threads.
 

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the tank lengths for the 20H and 30 are 24" and 36" respectively. so the 20" fixture wouldn't be hanging over the 20H. but then i don't want a fixture melting on top of my aquarium. thanks for the warning.

that 30" 1x65W fixture is nice but i was hoping to keep the cost down.
i may go with my original idea of building a wood box around the dual fluorescent strip from Home Depot. i was trying to avoid this because i have little to no DIY skills. would something like that work with out installing a reflector and simply painting the inside of it a glossy white? here's the 24" version:
http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/324722_3.jpg
 

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Oh, right, my mistake. Get a 24" fixture for a 24" tank. If you get the 20" fixture, you'll have unlit areas in the tank...
 

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the tank lengths for the 20H and 30 are 24" and 36" respectively. so the 20" fixture wouldn't be hanging over the 20H. but then i don't want a fixture melting on top of my aquarium. thanks for the warning.

that 30" 1x65W fixture is nice but i was hoping to keep the cost down.
i may go with my original idea of building a wood box around the dual fluorescent strip from Home Depot. i was trying to avoid this because i have little to no DIY skills. would something like that work with out installing a reflector and simply painting the inside of it a glossy white? here's the 24" version:
http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/324722_3.jpg
If you're willing to build a wooden enclosure, just get an AHSupply kit. You basically screw the reflectors in, screw the ballast in, and wire it up. It's much much much more efficient than any shop light strip you can get at a home improvement store.
 

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the AHSupply kits look like a good idea. All together it would be about $70 per tank for the fixture, bullb and DIY hood. a bit more than i was hoping to spend.

also, if i understand the kits correctly i would want a 1x55W for the 30 if i'm to do around 2 wpg. the problem is those bulbs are only about 22" long leaving me with lots of unlit space for a 36" long tank. i'd have to get the 96W to cover the entire length of the tank. i don't think i want 96Ws in my 30 gallon.
 
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