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  1. #1

    Default Looking for plant light tips and tricks

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    So as I have posted a couple times in other threads... I am looking for a light option without spending more on the light than the entire set up. If this is possible.

    I am setting up a 75G, I am planning on keeping Swords, Ferns, and Crypts.

    I am not planning on having a lot of plants. Just a few to blend in with the rocks and driftwood. The light is going in a canopy.

    1. Spend close to 300.00 on an aquarium light.

    2. Go to HD and purchase a shop light with 2-4 32W T8 bulbs.

    3. Have my dad build me a light. <- I showed him my Current Nova HOt5 light and he said he could make me one if I could find the ballast to run the lights and the sockets. The only ballasts I found where 200+$.

    What am I looking for in order to grow these plants?
    75 gallon project
    45 gallon community

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    I'd go with number 2. It's cheap to buy, cheap to replace the bulbs and over and done with.

    Get the 6700k's.

    My lights sit right on the rim of the tank over open water. Have never knocked one in the water yet.

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    I'm thinking that one too... Just need some opinions.

    I'm putting up a canopy and might find a way to put them in without burning the wood. I would also add a fan to keep from overheating the lamps.
    75 gallon project
    45 gallon community

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    The lamps stay cool but you could just have an opening in the back of the canopy for heat to escape. I don't see as these lights put out any heat and you can grab the bulb after being on all day long.

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    Ok cool! Thanks Lady Hobbs! I think you may have made my mind up :)
    75 gallon project
    45 gallon community

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    +1 on the home depot bulbs, just in case your mind was not entirely made up yet . Easy, cheap, and effective: what more could you ask for?

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    Home Depot has four light bulb halogens that are 24" long and cost under $55. They are in nice cases for under shelf mounting. Two units would do nice on a 75 gal. Creating small stand off feet would be no big deal (also, must use a glass top - these bulbs are exposed.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:

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    have you checked out the lights on AH Supply? They go in a canopy and are cheaper than the ones that are encased.
    120 Gallon Freshwater - Planted

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    Id go for could still mount it in a canopy if you wanted, or if not its fine just to be on the rim of the tank.
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    Wow thanks for all the suggestions!
    75 gallon project
    45 gallon community

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