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So I just recently purchased a new 20 gallon high and would LOVE some advice for some high intensity lighting. On my 55 gallon I went out and got what I believed to be cheap lighting,216 watts, and I say cheap because it overheats like crazy and turns off.

So in a hope to avoid that, if someone could point me in the way of a diy or a good site or even an actual light that would be the greatest.WOO! First post.
 

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I saw the Finnex ones and I was a bit worried about the whole watt to gallon ratio. I was wanting to do some dwarf baby tears and I thought they needed like 3wpg?


Also the lights that Steve001 suggested seem easier and cheaper. Is there something that is frowned upon by them?

Thanks for quick responses
 

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Holy crud wpg is gone!!!! Well..... My world just went out the window.....

Well I guess to answer Hoppy , I really don't care about price unless it is like a crazy $200 piece, power consumption not extremely important, look and the actual effectiveness will be the most important. I hope to have this become a shrimp tank.

Also preferably not wanting to do a suspended light unless it is easy to get down. Also I am definite that I don't want to go pro and make my own without some step by step instructions. I'll read the PAR values later....gotta go to school.

Thanks again for sticking with me. This has been a lot better than just figuring it out on my own.:proud:
 

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So...I enjoy the thought of doing a DIY upon further consideration. Along the lines of the CFL and Fluker dome how much does that heat up/is there a way to fix it?

Hoppy got me interested in DIY LED and I was wondering if you had an instruction set on doing one. Also on that graph you showed with the whole PAR thing it mentioned distance from the light which got me to thinking about just having a raised piece of gravel in the tank with medium to low lighting.

I was thinking of doing a PVC covered in gravel idea in which I could place the plants on top. Would that be an acceptable idea?

Thanks again, really enjoying the forum.:wink:
 

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Wow. This is definitely better than what I would've done. So it sounds like a CFL bulb inside a Fluker's Sun Dome is an affordable and efficient way of doing the lighting here.

So just to clear some things up,
1. On the bulb I should go for a T4, if I want to use the Flucker's Sun Dome
2. What size of Flucker's Sun Dome should I order
3. How often does the bulb have to be replaced (planning to stock up a bit)
4. As for cooling it, you're saying I shouldn't have to worry? How much should I elevated it above the tank
5. As for the rest of the tank, like plants and such, should I make a new forum?

Addressing question 4, would it be possible to put a hook in the ceiling and hang the sun dome from its cord?

Thanks again for all the help
 

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Hey so I got the domes and they are great! They are just slightly awkward since my filter is so big :). I even have the very first algae in the tank!!! Its a big thing for me :) .

I started up another thread to see what to do with the inside.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=182394


Thanks for the good ideas on lighting :)
 

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