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mlody
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Location: Chicago, USA

PostPosted: 2003.08.15(Fri)23:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it really necessary to have about 3 watts per gallon? I was thinking of buying this strip light... http://aquarium-supply.biz/ordering/lighting_AqualightFRESH_pc.html If anyone knows any better hoods or better value please advise. thanks for being patient with me.
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mlody
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PostPosted: 2003.08.15(Fri)23:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh and I live in the US in Illinois, and I have a 25 gallon tank that stretches 24 inches in length
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Joined: 31 Jul 2003
Location: East Yorkshire, UK

PostPosted: 2003.08.16(Sat)4:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

mlody,
It is not necessary to have 3 watts per gallon for a freshwater planted tank, 2 watts per gallon is considered average lighting. On the $60.50 single strip you are looking at 2.6 watts per gallon which will give you good plant growth and allow you to grow a variety of species. As you boost light up higher you need to think about injected CO2, fertiliser suppliments etc etc to prevent algae from taking off. In other words a high light tank usually means high maintenance as well!
The set up you are looking at is what is called a power compact fluorescent. These are more expensive than 'normal' fluorescent set ups that use straight tubes. I am not very familiar with power compact systems but perhaps someone else can help you out there. What I would say is that if you are prepared to spend the $60 you will have plenty of light intensity (but not too much) for good plant growth with this setup. Smile
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