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I just bought a 20L, and want to try my hand at a planted tank. I've had success keeping a few low light plants (java moss, java fern, aponogeton crispus, marimo moss balls) but I'd like to try a medium/moderately planted tank. I've done some research, but I want to make sure what I'm going to buy will work. I was thinking of getting either an All-Glass twin tube (40 watt) or an All-Glass compact fluorescent (55 watt). I'm having a hard time justifying the compact fluorescent as it's more than twice as much as the other light. Do you think I could get by with the twin tube as the tank is very shallow? If so do I need to get different bulbs than the 9325ºK it comes with?

If anyone has a better recommendation (especially if it's more cost effective per performance) I would appreciate that advice also.

Thanks in advance,
-Jake
 

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You can get a Coralife 30" 65wt fixture for about $70. I just bought one for my smaller saltwater aquarium as a second light.
 

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The Aqualight comes in several versions. There's saltwater ones and freshwater ones. They also come in single, dual, four bulb and quad.

The one you picked with the 50/50 bulb is for saltwater use.

Here's the 30" 1x65w 6700K Freshwater Aqualight: Coralife Freshwater Aqualight Deluxe-Single 30" Strip at Big Al's Online

There's also a 30" 2x65w version but it will be too much for your shallow tank.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I am sold on the Coralife, but I have one more question. If I were to buy the all glass twin tube, I could just get the all-glass versa-top made for the twin tube (model #29352). However I'm not sure if it would accommodate the Coralife strip, as All-Glass does not post the dimensions of the top (need to know the size of the middle glass piece). Any suggestions on what glass top I should get?
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I am sold on the Coralife, but I have one more question. If I were to buy the all glass twin tube, I could just get the all-glass versa-top made for the twin tube (model #29352). However I'm not sure if it would accommodate the Coralife strip, as All-Glass does not post the dimensions of the top (need to know the size of the middle glass piece). Any suggestions on what glass top I should get?
I highly recommend that you get the twin-tube Versa-Top. I've used it in the past. The front panel is shorter but the rear section is wider for for fixtures ~6" wide or so. It's made of thicker glass also. The Dr.'s have the dimensions: Aquarium Hoods & Canopies: All-Glass Twin-Tube Versa-Tops

If you want legs on your Aqualight; get the Aqualight Plus legs. They're much stronger than the regular legs. They come in two colors, black and clear. Notice the red and blue packaging.
Black Plus legs: Coralife Aqualight Plus Mounting Legs-4pk-Black at Big Al's Online
Clear Plus legs: Coralife Aqualight Plus Mounting Legs-4 pk-Clear at Big Al's Online

Don't get these legs. Notice the yellow packaging and they're the same price as the Plus legs. The regular legs are a POS and break easily.
Coralife Aqualight Mounting Legs-Black at Big Al's Online or
Coralife Aqualight Mounting Legs at Big Al's Online

I've gone to open top tanks now and I use the flip up legs (adjustable legs) now. You can't use a Versa-Top with these legs.
Coralife Aqualight Adjustable Mounting Legs at Big Al's Online
 

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I almost forgot. The Twin Tube Versa-Top will work with the Aqualight Plus legs.
 
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