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Old 10-14-2011, 07:23 PM   #1 
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How much light?

I was going to make a hood for my 20L that will be divided for male Bettas.
I wanted to use a strip light like this one.
SunBlaze T5 Strip Light - 2' (1 bulb)

But it only has 1 bulb. I was wondering if 1 24" T5 with a HO bulb would be enough? Or if I should get 2 of them? The fixture will be about 4"-5" from the top of the tank.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:24 PM   #2 
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Will you have live plants? A 24w T5HO bulb will light the tank up ok but its not really enough wattage for most plants. Two bulbs would let your grow quite a bit more stuff.
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Will you have live plants? A 24w T5HO bulb will light the tank up ok but its not really enough wattage for most plants. Two bulbs would let your grow quite a bit more stuff.
I'll have 1 tank with live plants, 1 without. And I actually just got a 24" T8 "under cabinet" fixture. I'm going to get another and use an upside down rain gutter as the reflector.

So now I'm looking at the best lighting using 2x24" T8 bulbs.
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