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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?
    gotta love them bunnies!
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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
    Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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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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