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light for simple livebearers

Discussion in 'Fish' started by vanscheck, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. vanscheck

    vanscheck New Member

    Oct 6, 2009
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    palma de mallorca
    i'm about to buy a 100 liter tank. 80x30x35, and i wanted it to be illuminated, not for scaping, just for the fish to ahve light like a simple aquarium. how much light should i get to avoid algae problems as well??? planning on getting simple fluorescent bubls at the hardware store and hang it on top.
    the tank is mainly a breeding grounds for my actual guppies and maybe some swordtails or mollys. gonna have 3 internal filters with spray bar at 1200lph. one filter will have mechanical, the other biological, and the last carbon filtration. is it too strong?? spray bar for airation i dont want to spend on an air pump.
    also adding egeria densa and hornwort for the fry to hide in. let it grow as wild as posible
  2. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

    Jul 10, 2008
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    you only need as much light as you need to see the fish. 18watt in total or something like that
  3. ghostsword

    ghostsword Aspiring Aquascaper Staff Member

    Apr 20, 2010
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    Cape Town, South Africa
    Yep, you do not need that much. Why not use Led strips? They are very cheap to run, run cooler and cheap?

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