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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]LLeopardGGecko,just curious, how are you going to fit a 48 inch long light fixture over a 30 inch long aquarium?
    It just sits nicely on top, and has about a half foot overhang on each side.



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    Quote[/b] ]LLGG, all my fixtures, were $8 each as well, from walmart.
    Walmart sells light strips? What size are they? How many bulbs do they hold?

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    They are the ones I refered to in my previous posts.

    48" 2 bulb fixtures, at my walmart they are on a shelf directly below the bulbs they sell. And they are T12 or T8.
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    Interesting, I don't think I've ever seen those at my Wal-Mart. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough!

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    Mitch, THANK YOU for telling me about photobucket!!!! So....you asked for it, now you've got it.

    a1&2) a partial shot of my 20 gal terrarium (3/4 of it). Sorry, but it's late and I noticed it wasn't complete till after I downloaded the pics. I think you get the idea though.
    b1&2) my two brocchinia and various tillandsias and other plants
    c) a tray of pings and dews (some flowering)
    d) and one of my 3 growracks (the 4' long one).

    Pics aren't the best quality but I just got the digital cam and software so I'm still learning.... There are so many of my CPs that I haven't taken pictures of yet....my trays of neps & helis, my trays of utrics, and my other trays of pings, dews, etc. The roridula, ceph, and blah, blah, blah.... Not to mention all the seedlings and seed trays!!! I'm in a picture taking frenzy! I love my digital cam!!! I could take pics all nite...but alas, I have to work tomorrow.

    As for the 20 gal, there's a heliamphora heterodoxa x minor. To its left is a nice N.ampullaria (has a nice basal shoot with tons of pitchers but can't be seen). There's some other neps, a few species of selaginella, some orchids, a couple of sarrs, and ant plants (myrmecodium and dischidia pectinoides). AND of course, the wonderful sphagnum moss carpeting the bottom of the tank and growing up the sides.

    More pics (of better quality) will be posted in the future. I'm thinking of taking a pic of all my plants (and their flowers) and making my own database with pictures. Already have an excel spreadsheet database of seed, seedlings and plant names, but pics to go along with them would be great.

    Hope you enjoyed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Mitch, THANK YOU for telling me about photobucket!!!!
    No problem! My pleasure [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]


    Great looking setup Chloroplast! You have such a diversity of plants.

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    So you have a total of 80 watts over that 20 gallon? Seems like your plants are loving it! I just got my 20 gallon long all set up with light and everything. I just have to add the plants and then I'll take a picture and post it in this thread. Hopefully my 80 watts (two 40 watt tubes) will be good for the plants I'm growing in the tank (mostly Neps).

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Great looking setup Chloroplast! You have such a diversity of plants.
    Thanks. There are two kinds of indoor gardeners--one type that focuses on a specific plant type (cactus, orchid, CP, etc) and others that try everything. I think I'm one of the latter!

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    Quote[/b] ]So you have a total of 80 watts over that 20 gallon? Seems like your plants are loving it!
    Yeah, I've found that 80W cool white lighting is great for that terrarium.

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    Quote[/b] ]I just got my 20 gallon long all set up with light and everything. I just have to add the plants and then I'll take a picture and post it in this thread. Hopefully my 80 watts (two 40 watt tubes) will be good for the plants I'm growing in the tank (mostly Neps).
    I think 80W over that grow area is fine for neps. If you are using that 4' fixture, at some point you could put two 20gal side-by-side, and put the light-loving plants directly under the lights, and the more shade tolerant species on the sides. That way, you'd use the whole fixture.

    Can't wait to see your pics.
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    Well I decided to keep my (slightly) more expensive lighting fixture, mostly because it has a pull chain (which I like having), it's got a nice shape to it so it sits very nicely on the tank without putting any pressure on the bulbs, and the black color matches all my other light hoods.

    I received a huge shipment of plants today, so they all went into the new tank with the new lights. Here's a quick picture I took today after I got everything all situated:



    I'll be posting more pictures soon, perhaps some closeups.

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    Looks nice.


    What is that in the back left corner, that has all the flower stalks?
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