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At 03:48 AM 4/4/2000 -0400, Diana Peachdoo wrote:
>  I am trying to educate myself on the subject of lighting....
>I remain puzzled. 

I think you are overdoing this.  I tend to go for the watts/gallon (because
it is easy and I am lazy).  I also belong to the "remove a five-gallon
bucket of plants each week" school of thunderous growth, so I go for
4w/gal.  I go for a color temperature that makes the plants look nice, but
since I am cheap I compromise on 5000-5500K.  6000-6500K would be OK too if
it were cheap.  I am pretty handy and have a fire extinguisher, so I tend
to do it myself, and I buy kits from  A H Supply ( http://www.ahsupply.com
).  If you stuff about 60% of what will fit over the top of your tank you
will probably be fine.   Maybe 2x55w.   Tell Kim Bryant at AHSupply that
you read about him in Planted Aquaria Magazine!

Dave Gomberg, San Francisco            mailto:gomberg at wcf_com
Jobe's Fern and Palm Spikes FREE        http://www.wcf.com/pam