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    I have a 20 gallon high aquarium. It measures 24'Lx16'Hx12'W. Where can I get a hood for a resonable price that can hold enought fluorescent or compact fluorescent bulbs to grow high light plants? I'm really confused on this, and right now I have 1 15 watt bulb on the tank. I was considering this: http://www.ahsupply.com/36-55w.htm But I am really not sure.
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    2X55W is PERFECT! you want 5W/gallon, so in a 20g that equals 100W, and you would have 110W. perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocoa_pleco
    2X55W is PERFECT! you want 5W/gallon, so in a 20g that equals 100W, and you would have 110W. perfect!


    You cant just say that every tank needs 5 watts per gallon. Lighting depends on what you plan to keep, the depth of the tank, and the quality of the light.
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    true. if youre going heavily planted, you may need more, lightly as in 2-3 plants, 1 55W may be enough.

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    I;m going with heavily planted. Would the one 1x55 be enough, or would I need 2x55? BTW, I am keeping the 15w fluorescent on if I get the 1x55 so I will have 70w total. Would that be enough?
    One more thing, is there any other hoods you know of that would have sufficient light that isn't too expensive?
    CORRECTED video of my fish. This link works. For sure. Really.

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    70W would be okay for most plants. not fancy delicate ones though. If you want it deeply planted, you need the 2 55's


    you can get hagens fancy aquaglow lights. my 15g came with the cheap aquaglo and the complete kit was 150$, but the fancy lighted tank (15g still) is 300$. it has 2 55W's i believe. i think they sell them separately, but probably a 150$ tag

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    Ed. I have a couple of questions.

    Are you planning on CO2?

    What type of Plants do you want to keep?

    Are you going to fertilize?

    How fast do you want everything to grow?

    How much light you need is going to depend on your answers to these questions.

    heavily planted doesn't necessarily mean high light plants. You can have a heavily planted low light tank.


    Quote Originally Posted by Incredulous_Ed
    I;m going with heavily planted. Would the one 1x55 be enough, or would I need 2x55? BTW, I am keeping the 15w fluorescent on if I get the 1x55 so I will have 70w total. Would that be enough?
    One more thing, is there any other hoods you know of that would have sufficient light that isn't too expensive?
    My guess is that you can get away with one 55 watt and the 15 watt is just icing on the cake as long as you do not plan on growing insanely high light plants. Going to 110 watt on a 20 gallon will require good CO2, but will give you good results if you can get your other parameters in check.

    Other lighting options.


    coral life 1 x 65 watt 61.99

    this would be another option. It is 20 dollars more than the AHA but does not require you to build a hood or put it together.

    there is also a 2x65 watt version that you can get for over 100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cocoa_pleco
    If you want it deeply planted, you need the 2 55's
    No you do not. you can have a heavily planted tank with 1 watt per gallon. The amount of light you have limits more what type of plants you can grow, vs how much.

    I am sure that I could create a heavily planted 20 gallon of java fern, mosses and anubis. Given enough time.

    For reference Ed. here is my 30 gallon with two T5 21 watt bulbs for a total of 42 watts over 30 gallons.


    you do not need insane light to get good results. you just have to pick the plants that will grow in your conditions.
    Last edited by hungryhound; 06-21-2007 at 03:52 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hungryhound
    Ed. I have a couple of questions.

    Are you planning on CO2?

    Yes. I am planning on a DIY mixture.

    What type of Plants do you want to keep?

    Not quite sure at the moment, but definetly cabombas, amazon swords, as well as some other stuff.

    Are you going to fertilize?

    Yes. I am currently using Hagens Iron enriches liquid fertilizer. I am planning on changing the substrate to Eco complete or AquaSoil. I'm leaning towards Ecp complete because it is cheaper, But I would really like aquasoil.

    How fast do you want everything to grow?

    Generally, fast. I'm kind of impatient, and it would be cool to see a constantly changing aquascape. But, I don't have much of a budget and won't start getting paid until Sep or Oct, so I would be content with an average growing rate.

    How much light you need is going to depend on your answers to these questions.

    heavily planted doesn't necessarily mean high light plants. You can have a heavily planted low light tank.
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    CORRECTED video of my fish. This link works. For sure. Really.

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    i see your point. i was referring to tall tanks that are so planted you cannot see through to the back and are major major planted

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