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I'm starting a new tank, two actually, and need some help with lighting. The main tank, a twenty gallon, is for my classroom. I had planned to have cichlids, which I have at home, a 75 gallon, a 55 gallon, a twenty gallon hospital/quarentene, and ten and five gallon fry tanks. I grow vals, java ferns and anubias in them. All send out runners and are mulitplying with just normal lighting.

Then one of the other teachers offered me angelfish babies from her tank. Okay, all new direction here! But I couldn't resist. So, since they like a planted tank, I'm working on it. And since I need to bring the fish home over holidays, I now have to have a ten tank at home to put them in. Yeah, what sounded like a simple thing has turned into a not so simple thing.

For substrate I have eco complete plant and a small layer of black sand on top. I use marine sponge over the intake to keep the sand out of the filter. I have a HOB and sponge filter, and a heater of course. This is in both tanks. I bought plants and driftwood off aquabid and they should arrive soon. The problem is lighting. To be honest, I can't afford to buy expensive lighting right now. Already spent alot in what I just put together with the tanks. Can I put a daytime flourescent light into the canopy that comes with the hood? What is the best way to give the best light?

The plants I ordered are: kleinar bar, chain sword, dwarf baby tears (yeah, I know, they like good light) nana, hornwort, roseafolia, reinckii var, corkscrew, vals, madagascar lace, crispus, pontedereriifolia, petchii, spiralis, wendtii, lace jave fern and moss balls. (Some of these will end up in the cichlid tanks, the ones they won't eat of course.)

So what lighting would be best until I can get two good lights? I don't want to have to do the CO2 unless I have no choice?

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