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  1. Default Lighting help needed


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    I'm looking into starting to put plants into my aquarium and am very confused about the lighting needed. I want a low tech setup and want it to be about as cheap as possible. Right now I have a light made for outdoors clipped on the top with a standard screw in cfl bulb and that's been fine for the fish but I don't know how that would work for plants. As I don't want to spend a lot on lighting I know that would restrict me to beginner low lighting plants, which I'm fine with.

    I feel like I've heard opposites about lighting everywhere I look so I hope someone can help me out here. I have a 20 gallon high tank btw which is 16 inches high.

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    i dont see why those lights wont work for plants, but you need to look at the spectrum of the clf. the goal would be between 6000K and 7000K ideally 6500k. might need a 2nd one but i think you will be fine with most plants. also consider the nutrient needs of the plants when planning.
    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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    ok thanks. I do not remember exactly what wattage or spectrum the bulb is. I might get a new one just so I know I have the ideal spectrum. Is there anything else that I need to consider if I am buying a new bulb anyway?

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    Merry Christmas! - Lab_Rat thank you for the birthday wishes - mommy1 Happy One Year AC Anniversary! - Rue For being understanding, thank you - Cliff (closest I could find to a catfish) Thanks for the nomination! - sheamurai 
    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
    World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - genocidex 

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    for the light bulb not really wattage and spectrum are key, but might be a good idea to invest in a timer, and if you arent using a lid, then some sort of splash guard.
    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!
    I.R.S.: We've got what it takes to take what you've got!

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    ok great, I have a timer and have been looking into getting a glass canopy to go over my tank. What wattage would you suggest is safe for a 20 gallon high tank? dimensions are 24"L x 12"W x 16" H

    Is 60 watts too much for my tank?
    Last edited by ryann; 06-06-2012 at 09:37 PM.

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    and what color of light? Do I want a daylight colored bulb?

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    I recommend the Sylvania, 23 watt, daylight, "now smaller than ever" compact spiral fluorescent bulb. Walmart and Menards should have them. Two will fit a standard 20" - 24" incandescent strip light.
    Two, in inexpensive clamp on flood light fixtures, will work well for your tank, too.

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    would it be better to get 2 different bulbs to cover the spectrum better or will this kind of daylight bulb be good enough that I can just get 2 of them?

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    Merry Christmas! - Lab_Rat thank you for the birthday wishes - mommy1 Happy One Year AC Anniversary! - Rue For being understanding, thank you - Cliff (closest I could find to a catfish) Thanks for the nomination! - sheamurai 
    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    It's a Christmas Bunny, Merry Christmas. - gadget228 I've not seen anyone with an umbrella here. You seem to have an odd collection of gifts...so here's my contribution. :-) - ~firefly~ "genocidex;1139790]stupid question... but would i be able to use lawn clovers in a tank?  lol"  REALLY - Strider199 crayfish! - Brhino thanks for sharing - sheamurai 
    For filling out my school! :) - Flyby Stardancer silly rabbit... - sheamurai They say one of these a day keeps doctors away.... - Trillianne Day Two... - Trillianne Thanks for the frogbit very much :) - Greentoads41 
    World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - genocidex 

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    get 2 bulbs as close to 6500k you can
    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!
    I.R.S.: We've got what it takes to take what you've got!

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