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RE: lighting advice for 29 gallon tank

> Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 02:37:13 -0500
> From: Erik Peterson

> Hi. I'm setting up an aquarium for my girlfriend who
> has never kept fish or aquatic plants...

Where will this aquarium be located? Your place, or hers?

> ...It doesn't neccessarily need to produce explosive
> growth, but should be enough to grow most varieties
> of plants...

It might also be useful to consider any other goals you have in mind for
this particular tank - especially if it's supposed to be plant or fish

Keep in mind that the lights essentially serve as the "rheostat" for the
tank's metabolism. If this is her first tank, and she isn't familiar with
the various processes involved on "both sides of the fence", you may find
her to be singularly unimpressed by being saddled with something so time-
consuming and downright confusing as a complete setup running full- tilt.
Especially if both fish and plant problems decide to take the shotgun
approach toward _her_.

I've seen quite a few people "wasted" on this hobby by jumping in with both
feet leading...

Don't get me wrong - this list is an _excellent_ source of the type of
advice you're seeking - but unless you want as wide a selection of
approaches as there are list members, a little focus may be worth some


David A. Youngker
nestor10 at mindspring_com