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    Since I want to have plants, I need to get more than the 17 Watt Fl. gro-light tube I have currently. I just want to add a second tube in the fixture. Finding a double tube 24" fixture that fits my 29 Gallon tank seems pretty challenging. I may have to carve up two single tube fixtures. The space in the lighting hood is pretty tight. I can do it safely as I have a knowledge of basic electronics and electricity. Before I start on Frankensteins monster, I was wondering if anyone knows of any other ideas. One I had was to use the newer compact flourescent "light bulb" style fixtures, but I am unsure of the availability and pricing of full spectrum bulbs. Doing it this way, I could fit three 14 watt bulbs into the same space and have three bulbs to mix and match. Two gro-lights on the ends and one full spectrum in the middle seems to be a good choice for such a setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenyth
    Since I want to have plants, I need to get more than the 17 Watt Fl. gro-light tube I have currently. I just want to add a second tube in the fixture. Finding a double tube 24" fixture that fits my 29 Gallon tank seems pretty challenging. I may have to carve up two single tube fixtures. The space in the lighting hood is pretty tight. I can do it safely as I have a knowledge of basic electronics and electricity. Before I start on Frankensteins monster, I was wondering if anyone knows of any other ideas. One I had was to use the newer compact flourescent "light bulb" style fixtures, but I am unsure of the availability and pricing of full spectrum bulbs. Doing it this way, I could fit three 14 watt bulbs into the same space and have three bulbs to mix and match. Two gro-lights on the ends and one full spectrum in the middle seems to be a good choice for such a setup.
    http://www.ahsupply.com/36-55w.htm

    The setup with fit inside that light strip you have, assuming it's a standard one. You will need to strip out all components currently in it, and the ballast will hang on the back, but it's small and not really noticeable unless you look over the strip. Sure it's only 55 watts, but AH ballast and reflectors make it equivalent to 70-80 watt lighting from other manufacturers, so you will have medium lighting - approx 2-2.5 watts/gallon. Keep in mind bulbs are seperate.

    If you don't feel comfortable with that, then this works too

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113345

    24 inch freshwater fixture (6700k bulbs) 65 watts. It won't be as bright as the AH, but it's premade and looks nice.

    Compact fluorescents of all sizes, types (square pin, straight pin), wattage, and spectrum are available. Aquarium CF lighting is very mature technology, so you won't have to worry about selection (unless you decide to get a really obscure fixture)
    Last edited by Chrona; 03-15-2007 at 04:09 PM.
    Foshizzle.

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