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Old 21-06-2003, 03:56 PM
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I looked at the Pendants but they are way over my budget. But I appreciate
the idea. All others are welcome. I checked out and seems
that it would cost more to buy all the parts than to just buy the "Strip
Lite" setup.

"Ron Nelson" wrote in message
One thing that I would think might work would be a Metal Halide Pendant

that wouldn't be cheap. As for the eBay light it looks to me like its a 65
watt compact fluorescent with a reflector. When they say it's equivalent

500 watts I think they talking about normal bulbs not fluorescents.

used one of these to say for sure? 500 watts of fluorescent light is a lot
of light. I've got 260 watts of power compacts and even that is darn


"Skootergrrl" wrote in message
Ok, Plan B:

I'm going to get a glass top. I've been looking at the All-Glass

"55 watt Florescent Strip Lite" 24". I can't fit two of these up on

I guess I'd use it along with one of my original fixtures.

I'm still exploring my options and that's the best I've found so far.

other suggestions?

What do you folks make of this? 755

Thanks again.


"Rex Grigg" wrote in message
On Thu, 19 Jun 2003 17:10:50 -0400, "Skootergrrl"

I will type slower this time. If you stick with the stock lighting
then you are going to be VERY limited in your plant selection. At
most you might be able to grow a Java Fern. The stock lights are just
enough to let you look at fish. They are very dim for growing plants.
They are designed this way to avoid causing algae. If you want to
grow lots of plants you are going to need to upgrade the lighting.
It's a basic fact of Physics that an 18" florescent bulb can only give
a certain amount of light. And even with two bulbs it's not enough
light on a 44 gallon hex to grow plants. It doesn't make a bit of
difference what bulbs you put in the fixtures. And with the limited
amount of space you have on top of a hex I would suggest that you
might want to invest in either plastic plants or sell the hex and get
a regular tank.

There are 2 light bays on top. They are 18" long. This is all I

work with. I know that's not ideal, but it's a pentegon. Given all

what are the best "possible" bulbs I can get without spending a small


"Rex Grigg" wrote in message
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On Wed, 18 Jun 2003 15:41:15 -0400, "Skootergrrl"

The only way you will be able to grow plants with your tank in the
manner you would like too is to replace the lights. Not the bulbs,
but the lights. I suggest you head over to and

what they have that will fit your setup. You want to hit a minimum

2 watts per gallon. With your current light you have less than one
watt per gallon. Your tank should be about 36" wide so your best

would be a 96 watt PC kit.

I did a Google search for your archives on the this topic so I

your dead horse, but couldn't find what I was looking for.....

I have a 44gal but it's about 24" deep. I have two 18" bulbs. I

ones. I want to grow plants - and lot's of them. I know that's

for most plants to get sufficient light.

Which bulbs do you recommend? I don't want to blow the bank on

but I want something decent.

I know I also need to take care of CO2 and nutrients. I'll tackle

issues soon.

Thanks in advance.


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