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Re: New Hood- what lights should I use?

> >Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 19:50:03 -0800 (PST)
> >From: Ryan Ingram <rwingram at ucdavis_edu>
> >X-Sender: ingram at dogbert_ucdavis.edu
> >To: Aquatic Plants Digest <Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com>
> >Subject: New Hood- what lights should I use?
> >
> >Hi all,
> >I just finished making a custom wooden canopy for my 35-40 gal
> >tank(36X13X18 roughly). It is to contain 3 or 4- 36" T-12
> >tubes(I haven't bought the fixture yet). Does anyone have
> >for the brand/type of light to get? I have heard good things
about the
> >Tri-Lux and similar lights, but would like to get some that
not only will
> >provide sufficient spectrum for plants(lots of red and blue
I understand)
> >but be pleasing to look at since I also have fish in the
tank. Any help
> >would be appreciated.
> >Ryan Ingram
I'm in the middle of setting up exactly the same 35g tank.
Since I'm in a tight budget, I get the necessities: glass tank,
power filter, heater, gravel, flourescent lighting, DIY CO2,
DIY stand and plants. As for lighting, I suggest you stick to
what most plantkeepers have successes with. That's,
fluorescent. Lithorium fixtures are decent. I've had one for
another tank for 6 straight months. Always works like a champ.
Power blackouts and comebacks. No problem. Some assembly
required. Tri-Lux? 'course, it's very good, but think, can you
afford the steep price tag every 6 month or so? GE Chroma 50 is
good enough. That's about it.

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