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T5 lighting on low tech/light tank

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by Kelley199, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. Kelley199

    Kelley199 Junior Poster

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    Hello, I am in the process of setting up my first planted tank. I want to go low light low tech, but after reading many different forums I am still confused on lighting. I would like to go with T5 for their energy efficiency, but I am stumped after that. Some people say that with T5's the WPG calculation is not a correct way to determine lighting when using T5's. I'm worried that I will end up with too much lighting. My tank is a 38 gallon, 36" X 12". 19" High.
     
  2. Jim Miller

    Jim Miller Lifetime Charter Member
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    I'd recommend 2x T5NO for that tank. Plenty of light and the two bulbs would give a nice spread over the 12" depth.

    Jim
     
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