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Old 01-28-2009, 03:38 AM
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I need a light that will fit a 30 gallon tank for proper plant growing. It has to be 24 inches long. I can't seem to find anything that is atleast 30 Watts and will fit this length does it not exist?
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You might try regular shop lights that are double bulb. Though not as attractive as some of the tank lights they are less expensive and will get the job done. If you go this route get some bulbs for fish aquariums or reptile bulbs.

Here are some that would work, depending on the amount of money you want to spend
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?c=3578+3733

another resource http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754543



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Old 01-28-2009, 02:07 PM
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Awesome those links are really helpful!! Thanks Dave!
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you are welcome.

you might also look at Home Depot or Lowe's for light fixtures and then go to a pet store to get the bulbs you want as sometimes the fixtures are less expensive at these two stores (but they are also sometimes less attractive).

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This is an interesting DIY project that I ran across.
http://alkaspace.com/is.php?i=64901&...l_Light_Bo.jpg

You could vary the number of bulbs to get the brightness you need.....The guy that submitted this idea swears that he gets great plant growth.
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Here are some that would work, depending on the amount of money you want to spend
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?c=3578+3733

another resource http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754543
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That's what I'm going to have to do if I want more light. My 55 gal. is 4foot long with 2 2ft. light housing that only hold an 18" bulb. So right now I only have 30 watts total. Will those fit on a regular top?

Another thought is to build a canopy and use hardware store fixtures. Similar to what Dano said. Which is what I might do later on. Because 2 of those in the link are 100 bucks then if I need a new top. I'm looking at 150 or better. I think I could build one cheaper. Here is a link I found a while back.
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Instead of the typical T8 fluorescent bulbs look at the possibility of using T5 bulbs and ballasts....They are smaller and you can fit three in the space of two T8 bulbs.....I am thinking of trying the screw in type fluorescent bulbs I mentioned in a previous post.
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