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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #954

    Thanks for the encouragement!!.. its 2ft tall, so it looks as though
fluorescents will be the way to go. At the moment the tank is sat in my mums
garage waiting until I have the money to set it up.... I have to get a job
first though!.. I don't think I can quite afford it yet.


> From: Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com (Aquatic Plants Digest)
> Reply-To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
> Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 03:48:02 -0400 (EDT)
> To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
> Subject: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #954
> That's cheap but the rest is not going to be:) This is often the case.
> Someone gets a "great deal" on the tank itself then has to spend a large
> amount of money to fix up the rest then there's electrical cost. Bigger
> tanks= bigger cost and maintenance.
>> Trouble is I now have to decide how to light it?.. Metal Halids, mercury
>> Vapour or plain old fluorescents?... I don't think I can afford the first
>> two options. Any ideas??
> How tall? A meter tall? Hard tank to work on. Nice, but hard. If it's 2 ft
> tall you can use the T-8 lighting( FL's ) that would be the cheapest way to
> go. Lots of bulbs and fixture equipment on top of your tank-in your hood
> though.  At 3 feet though your going to need something else. The A&H 6x96
> watt powercompacts are a good choice there. Cost is about 315$ for the
> fixtures and 6 x 35-40$ ea for the bulbs. I'd go with 5000K and 6700K mix.
> Cost about 550$+shipping. Tank is not such a good deal anymore? Then you
> have to move all that water and filter/heat it. Big job.
> Regards, 
> Tom Barr