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Old 08-10-2011, 08:31 PM   #11
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Aqueon® Freshwater T5 Light Fixture - Lighting & Hoods - Fish - PetSmart

Aqueon® T5 Fluorescent Colormax Lamp - Lighting & Hoods - Fish - PetSmart
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:32 PM   #12
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It looks like it, unless you can rig up something to work in the place of the hoods that are on it. If the hood part with the light in it comes off then you could hang an aftermarket fixture in its place, but I've never had a dual hood tank so I'm just guessing.

Those would work if you can rig them up in place of the lights that are on it. Like I said I have not done it personally so I can't say for sure.
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Well IMO you can get started with what you have. I guess I'm extremely low tech, but my plants seem to grow with the 24" lights that came with the tank. i did buy lights that are supposed to promote plant growth and they seem to do fine. Just depends how invested you want to get
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That's a great point. Since you already have the lights, might as well use them and see how it goes. Upgrading them later is simple enough.
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Well IMO you can get started with what you have. I guess I'm extremely low tech, but my plants seem to grow with the 24" lights that came with the tank. i did buy lights that are supposed to promote plant growth and they seem to do fine. Just depends how invested you want to get
Do u have the same tank? If so do u have thelighting it came with?
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No, not the SAME tank, but similiar. 55g, dual hood same ones that came with it with bulbs from Petsmart. I run my lights about 9 hrs a day because if I go more the algae gets crazy! (and if I spend any more money on my $400.00 free fish tank, my wife may kill me!)
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:26 PM   #17
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Hello again I...

For what it's worth, I've used the 2 lamp set up and the lights don't do a good job of covering the tank. It seemed to me, there was a gap in the middle and at both ends that weren't well lit.

I'd pop for a single strip. I think it will distribute the light better and you'll be happier with it.

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