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    That looks pretty decent with the reduced width. Especially if you can raise the plants up for those that are small and don't have much height. Fluorex makes a 100w 6500k fluorescent fixture available at HomeDepot and I think Lowes? It is designed for outdoor floodlighting but it is a fairly cheap fixture and puts out some nice bright light for indoor plant growing. The only catch is they are not wired so need cord and plugs and they are bit ugly since they are in the outdoor water resistant type fixtures. I have also heard they a bit unreliable in their durability. The ballast is in the unit and not the bulb in these fixtures. You can buy regular screw in twisted CFL in a variety of sizes but the problem then is what do you put them in. If you are handy you can buy bulb bases and aluminum or stainless sheet flashing and make your own little light fixtures. You can of course purchase all sorts of CFL light fixtures from hydroponics stores but they are a bit pricey.

    More HO T5 would do the trick too but they are none too cheap either.

    Whatever you decide, don't skimp on the lighting. Even if it means holding off on other things or your plant purchases. You will be much happier in the long run with properly lit plants.
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    I second Tony, dont skimp on the lighting. I will add a double glass on top of the tank seprating the light and the plant. This will reduce the heat transfered to the tank interior.
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    Delwin, is that a byblis as your avatar, that's some insane coloration on it!
    And thanks for the tip, but I am not too worried about the temps getting too high, my current setup has two t5's and it only gets up to 26 celcius. In such a large enclosure, I am not too concerned about it. However, I will definately have to fine-tune it before introducing any plants into it. Besides, anything between the lights and the plants will only filter out some of the intensity. Being an electrician, I can easily wire together some pc fans to get the air moving, as well as for my lighting. My other terra has 4x 36 watt cfl's wired in parallel, homemade.
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    Thats D. hartmeyerorum.
    Hope to see your set up soon.
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    I don't know much about anything that you guys are talking about, but could I make a suggestion for the terra? Make a waterfall!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chomp View Post
    I don't know much about anything that you guys are talking about, but could I make a suggestion for the terra? Make a waterfall!

    Good idea, that will increase the humid
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