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Lighting for a 6x2.2 - Lost in possibilities D:

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Hey all,

As some would be aware, I'm working on getting a 6x2.2x2.2 up and running, but have run into a snag when it comes to working out the lighting.

As far as my experience goes, I have had 4 other tanks all using Hagen GloLite Ballast systems running t5 fluros at various wattages. I have another 6x2x2 that is running 2x 54w bulbs, spanning the whole tank (one bulb for each half). I normally would just go for the same sort of setup, as that is what I have experience with, but with this new tank, the hood is different from my others and cannot have the bulbs attached to it.


I'm stumped as to what I should do for lighting for this new tank. Normally I don't have to worry about certain levels as I only have a few plants in the tank, but this one I want to have fairly green.

The hood is designed for the long full light systems that rest on shelves or on the glass, to which I am actually quite new.

I was looking at either This light or this much more powerful version

Now, I have read that with planted tanks a certain amount of light is required, however larger the tank the more different the balance. It all has me quite confused.

Would going for the 4x96w be better or would the 4x30w cut it? I know the former will be far more costly with the power bill, but is it going to make a huge difference to the plants?

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