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Old 05-02-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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lighting options

Hey everyone, i am sure this has been covered a million times, but i'll ask anyway. I have a 55gallon, 48L, 12W, 20H...I want a middle of the road lighting fixture. Nothing crazy, but nothing cheap. I wouldn't mind spending up to 200 bucks on it. I would like it to be able to grow some low to medium light plants, such as mosses, the moss ball, and whatever else. I realize some of these plants can do without light but i would like some increased growth rate. Also i would like the option for the blue lunars i guess at night for the nighttime affect i guess you would call it.

Any personal experiences or recommendations I would really appreciate it.

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Old 05-02-2011, 12:54 PM   #2
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HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture: Coralife Lunar Aqualight HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture

what do you guys think of something like this?
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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coralife - Light Fixtures

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I'd recommend you check out the above links and see what suits your needs.
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Honestly, a single T5HO would be all I'd put over a 20 without co2. If you go with a 2x24w, I'd get an actinic bulb and a daylight (6500k-10,000k). If you go with a 2x24w, and use two daylight bulbs, you're going to have to inject co2 IMO.

For a good, reliable, affordable, unit.. check out fishneedit.com
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:20 PM   #5
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Can you recommend any good ones?
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:23 PM   #6
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Amazon.com: 48 in. Aqualight T5 HO Dual Lamp Light Fixture - 2 x 54W: Kitchen & Dining

How about this one?
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I love my fishneedit fixtures... I have 3 and another on the way. IMO, they're the best bang for your buck

EDIT: wow... not sure where I got 20g at??? Yeah, a 2x54w is going to be on the verge of needing co2, but you should be able to do fine with some excel dosing.
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Pick a good quality fixture with a nice reflector and individual switches so that you can adjust the light output according to your needs. 1 bulb with a good reflector is more than enough to do low-medium plants, 2 bulbs with a good reflector may push you over into needing co2/ferts.

You can get some really nice 48" 2 bulb fixtures with that budget.

The fishneedit one that mfd linked is really nice quality and a great value.
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Awesome, do these have cooling fans. I can't tell from the picture and the description doesn't say.
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No, but the 2 bulb fixtures don't get hot enough to need one. The 4 bulb fixtures don't get super hot, but I'm considering putting fans on my two 4 bulb fixtures.
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