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    If your bulbs are longer than the tank is it OK to have them resting on the top, just by the bulbs? Oh, and forget my other question, I wasn't really thinking.

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    Does a small 18" flourescent grow light work for a small aquarium?
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    No. Maybe for D. adelae and some utrics but that's it.

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    That, and a 1' T-5 are working nicely for my ventricosa, but that's about it. The other things are living and growing decently, but the colors are bland.

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    here is my ten gallon setup
    http://s141.photobucket.com/albums/r...rrent=3032.jpg

    http://s141.photobucket.com/albums/r...rrent=3033.jpg

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    http://s141.photobucket.com/albums/r...rrent=3052.jpg

    the fan is used for occasional air circulation to prevent mold,but it is small enough that it won't murder the humidity.
    here is the shelf my setup is on
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    view my growlist
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    im running a single repti-glo fluorescent full spectrum over a small aquarium with a group of VFTs inside, i have had no problem and they are fine
    my first VFT is a bit etoliated from when i bought them....but are doing much better and i will be splitting them, what seems to be 5 times in spring. i havent had any serious trouble with my setup. this picture is also a little older.
    and the typical VFT that is etoliated in that photo is now straightening out just fine, there are also two Akai Ryu growing beind the S. Judith Hindle, they are coming out of their dormancy that the seller has had them in for about 4 months before i ordered. they are showing signs of great crimson color and great new leaves. And you say you need all of those lights :P and look at the dentate, though not too much red coloration, a couple of those traps are 1"+ and one is 1 1/2 inches.

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    What specs for any type of bulb would I need to grow just venus fly traps?

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    Lighting Design Question

    I'm an orchid grower but you guys have the best terrarium/lighting forum I have seen.
    So, I have plants growing in my SW facing window but it's shaded by trees. Condo so I have no garage, basement, or outside growiing area. Greenhouse is out of the question.
    The plants in my window could use some additional lighting but the lighting discussions I have seen here so far all talk about placing lamps overhead so that if the plants undeneath are 10-12 " tall, then the lamps will be 18-20" above the pot. Seems that 1/2 of the leaves would lose out on good light. And, as the plants increase in height, then the lights need to be moved up so that more and more, only the crown of the plant is illuminated.
    So, I was thinking that if I mounted f5, f8, or f12 bulbs vertically, spaced at 18" then the plants gathered around them would have light up their entire height and no plant would be more than 9" from the light. I planned to strip the parts from the fixture so that the tube was emit light all 'round the tube. I could mount 2 or 3 shelves, pierced by the tube, up the height of a 4' tube.
    Thoughts?
    Thanks

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