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Old 02-14-2005, 02:29 AM   #1
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90 gal lighting

I got a new 90 gal today..yeah!!. At the lfs they had a lighting system that cost $250+lightbulbs, sorry can't remember specs. That is too expensive for me specially after paying $300 for the tank. So we went to walmart and got a 48" flourescent lighting system and 2x75 watt bulbs.
Will this be ok, I did get the glass lid for the tank? It looks like I can fit another fixture so that would be 4 regular 75 watt bulbs. Any ideas for do it yourselfers
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Old 02-14-2005, 02:32 AM   #2
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are u sure u have that right 75 watts seems high for a NO flourecent bulb (usually they are 40 watts), and VHO's at 48 inchs are 110 usually
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Old 02-14-2005, 02:50 AM   #3
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lol urgg my bad..yes it is 40 watts..so 2 40 watt bulbs
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Old 02-14-2005, 02:56 AM   #4
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ok, well i am no expert on fw but i know a little bit more about lights. Any amount of lighting is fine as long as u are happy with the brightness in teh tank and u are not trying to grow any plants. I believe what many people recomend for a planted tank is anywhere from 1.5-2 watts per gallon (u have just under one). If u are planning plants u could start out with low light plants such as java fern, which isnt as needy. Anything more than 2watts per gallon if i remember right would require u to get a c02 injection system i think because the plants use up the c02 faster if it is brighter.
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Old 02-14-2005, 03:20 AM   #5
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No live plants .. I am not brave enough, nor do I have the time to maintain them.
I just wanted to make sure that a normal flourescent shop light would work on a tank it seems to fit perfectly and will 4x 40 watt bulbs stress them out to much.. Would I still need a C02 injector?
As for aquarium bulbs are they 40 watts as well? could I just put those in the fixture?
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Old 02-14-2005, 07:48 AM   #6
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No 4x40 would do just fine. The lights are mainly for viewing in a fw tank without plants. Show us pics when you get it set up.
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:39 PM   #7
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That is great news and it saves me hundreds of dollars..

Will I have any algae problems?With that much light?
And you better believe I'll post pics...LOL.
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