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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #11
Afraid not - inexpensive LED clip on lights don't have enough output or the right spectrum for good plant growth. There are LEDs available that will do the job but they are MUCH more expensive than conventional lighting at the moment
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #12
I've used the single TMC Grobeam on a 60 litre tank before (low light plants thought) which was good. If after dense planting/high lighting requirement plants I'd suggest the double kit

http://www.aquacadabra.co.uk/GroBeam-Freshwater-Lighting/

As Noods said though not cheap at circa ?75 for one. Good quality LEDS are still aimed at the rather more cash rich marine crew at the moment, it seems
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #13
Think I will stay clear of LED's then, I just have to find a new tube for this light unit that will be good enough... going to be a long night I think
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #14
The lighting unit in the lid will not come out so I think it might have to stay the tube in it is a Sun Glo 15" 14W T8 would that be strong enough do you think?
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #15
If it won't come out I guess it will have to be? Maybe you could add LEDS to it? Not sure how effective that would be though?
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #16
I have been looking at a Hagen duel tube starter and get two more 15inch tubes and attach them in the gap by the article on here I would be at the top end of medium lighting range.

http://www.aquatics-warehouse.co.uk/g ... -watt-double-starter.html

Does anyone know if you can use 15w tubes on 20w starter unit?
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #17
No you shouldn't use tubes rated lower than the ballast as it will put too much current into them. At best this will shorten tube life considerably, at worst it could fry them and be dangerous.
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #18
I have a problem then because the 15inch, 14watt tubes will be the only one's that will fit into the tank's lid. Does anyone know if you can get a dual 14watt ballast i can't seem to find them
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #19
Here's one:

http://www.completeaquatics.co.uk/sto ... -15W-Lighting-Controller/

(It's suitable for 14 or 15 watt tubes)
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Re: Help on new tank stuff. #20
I think I am going to buy that Do you think there easy to fit in the lid?
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