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lighting for plants

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by ilovefish123, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    what the best and cheapest lighting for plants for about a 10 or 15 gallon tank ?
     
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    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    depends on what size tank you are going with since a 10g will be a 20" fixture and a 15g tank will be a 24" fixture.
    Also, do you plan on having the light fit the tank perfectly...or would you be willing to have hang over if it would give you more total wpg?

    I don't know about cheapest, but this would be a nice fixture for a planted 10g tank...
    $99.88 20 Inch 2x18 Watt AquaticLife T5 HO Light Link Fixture - FreshWater http://www.petstore.com/AquaticLife_T5_ ... FL-vi.html

    this one's $35.95, but in the long run will cost you more since CF bulbs are more expensive to replace
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0625942643
     
  3. ilovefish123

    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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    yea how much are bulbs for the cheaper one and would you have any idea how often they would have to be replaced ?
     
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    CF's are expensive and need to be replaced according to the mfr recommendations (usually every 6-12mos dependant upon mfr/bulb type).

    Dependant upon the pin type for a 36W Coralife Compact Fluorescent bulb you'd be looking at roughly $25 for 1 bulb. http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/20 ... a_7c209324
     
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    ilovefish123 Thread Starter New Member

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