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Re: Lighting advice

Dan wrote:

My first post here... I'm planning a 30 gal X-High assorted community
tank that I hope to set up by October, and I have some pieces already in
place.  I feel a bunch of questions coming on.  Let me lead off with
this one:

I have a glass strip cover with a dual fluorescent strip and, keeping in
mind that my aquarium is 24 inches deep and I would like to grow a
roster of plants including melon swords, ambulia, and valisneria   I
definitely need some new bulbs for this older dual strip and I'm
considering my options.  I've read good things about Triton lamps and
other lamps like Vita-Life bulbs.  Would I be wise to try two different
bulbs in my dual strip to vary the quality of light or is that not my
best bet?


You have no chance of getting the light levels you want by using that
fixture. What you need is a 55 watt compact fluorescent. Your current
fixture only produces about 1/4 the light of the PC. It doesn't matter
much what lamp you use. Even with a 55 watt PC  I wouldn't try to grow
very light demanding plants but the majority of plants will do well.