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  1. Default Good light for a 65 planted?


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    I have a 65 gallon aquarium, and I'm looking for a good lighting system that I can request for Christmas. It's just a typical tank, not long or tall or anything, and I'm not looking for a high-light system. I'm looking for pretty much a mid-light thing, although it'd have to be pretty strong to get all the way down to the bottom. I plan to add plenty of floating plants to keep the pencilfish from freaking because of the increased light...
    Does this make any sense at all? I need a fixture that would provide medium-ish light to let crypts and swordplants and Java moss grow well, but I don't want it to be high-light so the algae won't go nuts and so the pencilfish won't just spazz out and hide.
    I might need to edit this, my brain is gone.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    For the 65, I'm assuming it's the 17" deep 65 gallon tank? In that case, it's shallower than a standard 55 (@21"). Definitely don't need a T5HO - way too much, even a single daylight bulb would grow BBA unless you had a very solid cover of something like Frogbit, Red Root Floaters, or Water Lettuce. I don't think Duckweed would reduce it enough with a T5HO, unless you went with a plant bulb (lower "energy" than the daylight bulb).

    That said, I'd suggest a T8 light. That should work well and with some floaters using a "daylight" bulb, will be more than enough to grow the plants you listed. Again, depending on the configuration of your 65 (if you have a 65 "wide" with the 24" front-to back distance), you might need two bulbs separated by a little distance to evenly light the tank.

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    I was planning something like frogbit, slightly larger than duckweed, as a floater. Possibly a big hunk of hornwort in the corner... My fish like that stuff.
    Alright, thanks! Is there a fixture that you'd suggest? Or a brand? I need something precise to put on my list.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    T5no maybe? It would be on the low end of high lol. Or several t8s....
    KING OF THE GOLD BARBS RAWR!!!!
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
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    Is this a 4-foot tank? If yes, I would suggest a dual tube (taking 4-foot tubes) T8, or a dual tube T5 if it takes NO (normal output) tubes [these are about the same as T8). A single tube T5 with an HO (high output) tube. But definitely not a dual T5 with HO tubes.

    LED is another option about which I know next to nothing so can't advise suitable units.

    My 70g is four feet length, and lit with twin T8 tubes. Photo below shows what I have in there; heavy floaters, several species of pencilfish and hatchets, etc. If this is what you're aiming for.

    Byron.

    70g Oct 17-13.jpg

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    Yeah, that's about what I'm going for. I think it's a touch less than four feet long... Can anyone recommend a specific brand, perhaps? I'm going to go and look around.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
    29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
    65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
    29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae

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    I am in the exact same boat as the OP. Instead of making my own thread, I will just watch and add to this one. I was looking at a Current USA Plus LED for mine... would that be good for our tanks?

    http://www.amazon.com/Current-USA-Sa...rrent+usa+plus

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