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Old 11-15-2007, 06:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default CO2 taken care of, now need lighting

So I am stuck with what to put on top of my 55g, I want a strip light (obviously would have to be compact fluorescent) that could fit on top of my covers with the glass. Is it possible to get a light to fit over these, I havent found one yet. Also is 110watts ideal if I start planting, dont plan on getting plants that are light hogging monster, but I would like an adequate amount of light. is 3 WPG much better then 2?
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110 watts of AH Supply light kits, using their reflectors, should be plenty for almost all plants in a 55 gallon tank. Of course you then have to make your own hoods to house those lights, but they can be simple boxes. Three watts per gallon of that quality of light is only better for a few of the really high light demand plants, and for getting very low growing ground cover plants. Otherwise, it just makes you do a lot more pruning and makes fertilizing adequately and keeping CO2 steady much more critical. It does look very good having that much bright white light.
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I'll look into the beast kit...thanks for the reply. Its good to know that my search is narrowed now to around 110 W as being good. I recently found an all glass compact strip that is 110 W, but it seems very pricey.
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