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[APD] Cooler, brighter, better?
I plan to switch my fishroom from a collection of individual tanks
with individual filters to a single air pump, with sponge filters, and
at the same time, redo the lighting over the tanks. I have no A/C so
cooler is always better. I am not looking for maximum light for high-
light-requiring plants, just enough light to keep some slower growing
and a few faster/floating plants happy; currently there are about 70
watts of regular (non-compact) fluorescent lights over the 29G tanks.
Naturally, I've got a lot of questions.
I know that the AH Supply kits have a good reputation for maximizing
the performance of the bulbs used, but the coralife strip lights with
mounting legs that the lights above the tank look like they might hold
in the heat less than the wood fixtures suggested for the AH Supply
kits. Any thoughts for how to weigh the maybe higher light output of
the AH Supply kit against the maybe cooler coralife kits? Or links to
plans for a cooler housing for the AH supply kits?
Some of the tanks I'd like to retrofit are 12 gallon nanocube tanks
from jbj, which are too small for the AH Supply kits, and probably I
should redo my 3G Eclipse tanks as well. These are 18" wide and 12"
wide, respectively. Any suggestions for compact fluorescent lighting
options for these smaller tanks?
Diane in Los Angeles
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