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Old 01-23-2012, 01:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hornedtoad, I think the spiral cfls would work on a 55. My 20 tall has the tubes about 6" above the top of the tank, and about 20" above the substrate. For a 48" long tank, you would need at least 3 cfls, and 4 would be better.
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thanks, michael, that's really great to hear--i'd thought maybe it was a crazy idea. four 26w bulbs should work; i can use the 8" reflectors.
here's a shot of my current system--it's pvc, and the bars the lights clamp onto are on chains so they can be raised or lowered.
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Default Re: Best Lighting for a 40b?

I just recently sold our 40B planted set up.

I was using a Aquasun 2x39w T5HO fixture, did a terrific job.
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