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Old 07-21-2009, 07:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We want to convert our tank (48" wide, 30" tall, 24" deep) to a Paludarium. We're planning about 10 inches of water with a waterfall in one corner and the rest planted out with mosses, woodland ferns, grasses, etc. Pretty much, plants that I can find in the shady bog growing near my home since the intent is to bring the outside in Our children are home schooled and this tank will serve as a mini eco system for some critters we plan to study (small frogs, 5 lined lizard, maybe a turtle - kept on a temporary basis and then released). It will also feed my need for growing plants in the house

The question is, what kind of lighting will I need for a project like this? I'm guessing that the standard aquarium light isn't going to work. Help?
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I suppose it would depend on what kind of plants you were looking at.

A good start would be to take a look at horticulture T-5 fixtures. I'm using a two bulb Tek T-5 on my Hydrophyte inspired setup. Hydrophyte just posted about an inexpensive T-5 setup as well:

http://hydrophytesblog.com/?p=542

T-5s seem to be the way to go as far as bang for the buck once you get a decent reflector.

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I use screw in compact flourescent daylight bulbs over my paludarium, and I like having multiple light sources that I can vary location and wattage with. using cheap metal shades, it's an inexpensive way to go.
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We have a 55 gal paludarium with a waterfall, ~8" water depth (maybe more), and roughly half land/half water. We use a CF 96W 6700K light to grow both the land plants and aquatic plants, and everything looks good for the most part. I've been able to keep riccia growing emersed as well as in the water, along with some ferns, hydrocolyte sp, salvinia sp, and some potted native CA plants that we purchased at a nursery. It's set on a timer so that our frogs and plants get roughly 12 h of light.
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Check Craigslist

I wish I knew about it before purchasing my dual t5. You can get like brand new Sun System T5 4 bulbs for much less than store price, not cheap but much less.
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