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need help picking light

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by nicklfire, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. nicklfire

    nicklfire Subscriber

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    Hey all,

    I got a Rimless hagen tank, kinda a odd shaped and it's about 25gallons.

    It's about 31 " L X 11.75 " W X 15.75" W

    Now my goal is to grow HC and Dwarf Hairgrass so i'm aiming about at least 2wpg, and then doing fully pressurized system.

    Anyone have suggestions on a lighting fixture that could fit this odd shaped tank?

    I was thinking of that MH lighting that tom barr recommended from ebay, but that's going way over 2wpg.. that would be a 150W fixture, but i was thinking i could just raise it higher above the tank which would cut out alot of light...

    But just an idea, any suggestions on a fixture? Not interested in a DIY either.

    I'm open to PC or CF or t5's, i'd prefer t5's casue they are best for plants right?
     
  2. Tom Barr

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    You could stagger a pair of T5's or PC's.

    Build a DIY hood etc and use a retrofit kit.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  3. nicklfire

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    you think it would be fine to experiement with the MH, i'm pretty interested in it, or would that just be foolish.

    I can increase or decrease the amount of light i would like/need by adjusting the height of the MH light, i could experiment with plant growth and what plants grow better under what light.. etc..

    and it would give me more light then i'd ever need while looking nice at the same time.

    I believe that you had that similar MH over a 35, so i am not too out of line i suppose
     
  4. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    When you raise a light you spill a lot of light onto the floor and walls around the tank. If that is acceptable to you, and it wouldn't be for me, you can use whatever light you want. (I wonder if that would grow algae on the floor???)
     
  5. bedard

    bedard Junior Poster

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    You could maybe use that one

    T5-ho 3ft / 2LAMP Aquarium lighting

    it's 36" but you can still install it on a 31" tank; the mounting legs are adjustable

    a bit more than 2w per gal though
     
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