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If you want plants you need light, there's no way around that - except for plastic! In this hobby there is some essential hardware that's worth spending for. In my experience, if you're keeping the price for lighting under $100, you're actually getting off easy. Look at some of the folks running high light set ups and talking about Tek light fixtures!:eek:

36w will just barely put you in the game; you'll still be at LOW light levels. It really becomes a lot more fun when you at least get to medium light levels and the selection of plants which grow well opens up. I'd suggest at least 40 watts, better yet would 50 or 55.

Of course, it all really depends on what you're goals are.
 
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