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Compact florourecent lighting

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Hi all

I just got finished with the lighting of my new terrarium and Im not sure if the light is sufficient enuf. I have 2 25 watt equivelent to 100 watt floroucent compact bulbs over the top of the tank with no reflecting material on the sides or back. Is this enuf? 50watt total? I have a raff, bical, ventrat,ventricosa,coccinea,and a ceph. Is the lighting enuf for these? By the way the lights are about 5-6 inches away from the plants. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!!

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Hi, what is the tank size?

Mine is 120x40x50 (in centimeters) and I have 6 of those bulbs on top of it. Lowland nepenthes thrive under those :)

Cheers,

Burak.

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As dortyuz says it depends on how big ur tank is.

I have as you 2 * 25w and 2 Philips TLD 840 and my plant thrive there to :)

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Ten gallon tanks are 24"x12" OR 60cmx30cm (LxW). -Five- gallon tanks are 15"x8" (sometimes 15"x9") OR 37cmx22cm/24cm

A "regular" tank hood, fitted with two "curly" compact flourescents in the 19-23w range will provide you with about 2200 lumens, give or take. Cool white lights produce happier plants, and produce a "cleaner" light.

23w lights barely fit in a standard hood, while 19w lights do scrape the reflector a bit, but fit in nicely once they're actually in the socket.

Since aquarium hoods are made to cope with a little bit of moisture, they are less prone to fizzling out in a spray of sparks, but you still have to watch them carefully.

A sheet of plexiglass, cut to provide a vent, acts as a nice light guard.

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Is there an equation that can be used to calculate the amount of light (or watts) required for a given area to grow plants?

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In marine coral keeping (which requires fairly intense light) 2x20W over a five gallon is "Medium"

4x20W would be "High"

A 70w Metal Halide would be "Perfect" ;)

Though a 70w Metal Halide will probably burn most plants unless it's kept high above them.

I suggest using 2-3 20w compact flourescents. It should be more than enough to keep everything deep red and chipper.

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