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    I found a second hand fishtank 80 cm in lenght ,20 cm wide and 25 cm high --40 liters ,around 10 gallons--.and at a much cheaper price than a custom made one (it must be max 20 cm wide so it would fit on my fireplace.)It was sold without the lights.
    I intent to make it a planted tank ,using low light plants....so I was wondering what kid of light to get (T8 or T5)and what wattage? I know the rule of thumb is 2 to 4 watt per gallon ,or something like that ,but ,in my case ,if counting the substrate,it only leaves 20 cm in height.I could also move the light higher of course ,but I don't wanna go as far as completely suspending it above the tank.Does the rule of thumb per gallon still applies if light is so close to plants?thx

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    It's no longer just the watts per gallon rule you have to follow. Look at the following that has been passed around in the community and it will help you understand a little more regarding light requirements. http://www.americanaquariumproducts...._lighting.html
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    that link is very indepth.... a bit more than a basic planted tank beginner would need. for low light in that tank i would like to ask if you can solder? or if you can hang something above the tank a little? i ask because even t8s would give a medium light for a shallow tank. i am using a spiral cfl light 14w i think to get a medium light in my tank. if you can take my set up and hang it 4-7" above the tank then it would give you a nice low light set up
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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    that link is very indepth.... a bit more than a basic planted tank beginner would need. for low light in that tank i would like to ask if you can solder? or if you can hang something above the tank a little? i ask because even t8s would give a medium light for a shallow tank. i am using a spiral cfl light 14w i think to get a medium light in my tank. if you can take my set up and hang it 4-7" above the tank then it would give you a nice low light set up
    Actually I was thinking about getting one of those T5 hoods ,with adjustable brackets to put on top ,maybe an 18 watts in dual spectrum?

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    thought about leds?

    the prices are becoming more reasonable as time goes on.
    i've got an led fixture and am having great success with my plants.

    but lights really depend on what plants you want/have available to grow.

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    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
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    a single t5 might be good for a higher end low light, but a dual would push that into the lower end of high. assuming the reflectors are good. what do you mean by dual spectrum? the standard is 6000-7000K i think some people have used 10000k without an issue but 6500K is a good start, and standard. easy to find too
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzoutank View Post
    thought about leds?

    the prices are becoming more reasonable as time goes on.
    i've got an led fixture and am having great success with my plants.

    but lights really depend on what plants you want/have available to grow.
    Many LED fixtures are made in China ,don't trust them much,don't know which to choose.As I won't have much space in a 20 cm wide tank ,I'll put mostly java moss ,and anubias nana ,for starters.I'm thinking about getting a 2 x 18 watt t5 hood ,and start with only one bulb.If that won't be enough ,I'll add a second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genocidex View Post
    a single t5 might be good for a higher end low light, but a dual would push that into the lower end of high. assuming the reflectors are good. what do you mean by dual spectrum? the standard is 6000-7000K i think some people have used 10000k without an issue but 6500K is a good start, and standard. easy to find too
    http://www.petsequipment.com/odyssea...ine-2x24w.html ....I meant dual bulbs ,not spectrum ,something like in the link ,I'll run one bulb fisrt ,and if that won t be enough ,I'll install the second one

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    The link you posted is for reef tank lights.

    From the features section on that page:
    Includes: 24″ T5 Dual fixture, 1x T5HO 24W 10000K lamp (Free Item),1x T5 24W Actinic lamp (Free Item)]
    10000K are usable but 6700/6500 would be better
    No.. Just no, Actinic bulbs are for reefs, Would encourage algae and not be beneficial for plants at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goes to 11! View Post
    The link you posted is for reef tank lights.

    From the features section on that page:

    10000K are usable but 6700/6500 would be better
    No.. Just no, Actinic bulbs are for reefs, Would encourage algae and not be beneficial for plants at all.
    So ,in the end ,a good old T8 would do the job?

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