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    Rena Tank Lighting

    Yeah, it's 1.2m/4' long by abt 40cm/15". Actually, I think I got the calculation wrong :oops: on recalculating it came out at 1.09wpg so doubling the lighting would give me 2.18wpg at which point I'd have to start CO2. On a tank this size, that's going to be too expensive for me at the mo, so...
  2. M

    Rena Tank Lighting

    Hi, my new (to me anyway!) Rena 210l tank has a lighting unit that slides back and forth on runners attached to the sides of the tank. The tubes are T8s, 1x30w and 1 which I can't read as the info is underneath and the tube is hot! It's a different colour to the other one. Anyway, with these...
  3. M

    Newbie lighting advice

    Thanks again. I'm blonde so things take a while to sink in :lol: I've read so much stuff recently, I think my head's gonna explode! Thanks for the advice on stabilising the CO2, I've read a lot about the CO2, but to quote Homer Simpson "Every time I learn something new it pushes old stuff out of...
  4. M

    Newbie lighting advice

    I have a background in commercial horticulture which is helping somewhat with my understanding of the CO2 and lighting, it's the practicalities I'm struggling with a little! I am unable at present to go the whole hog with the CO2 due to financial restrictions (same old story!) and I know there...
  5. M

    Newbie lighting advice

    I've been doing a bit of thinking (exhausting work :lol: ) and have decided to do a DIY CO2 set up and up the lighting a bit. I was looking at the T5 tubes at Lamp Specs and am confusing myself with the lengths. My tank is 60cm long and the 24w T5s are 55cm long (don't know whether this is...
  6. M

    Newbie lighting advice

    Thanks, I think I will look into the DIY CO2. Ihad a chat with a guy at Maidenhead Aquatics and he said it was dead easy too, so I'll see how that pans out. I'm sure I saw a tutorial on simple CO2 set ups on here so I'll have a look at that.
  7. M

    Newbie lighting advice

    It does make sense, thanks. I'll stick with what I have lighting wise! With a hood, is it possible to have floating plants or would they be too close to the light source without really dropping the water level? I'm sticking to low tech at the moment as I want to get the hang of it first, before...
  8. M

    Newbie lighting advice

    I think this was meant to be in the Hardware section, sorry :oops:
  9. M

    Newbie lighting advice

    Hi, sorry the title is a bit vague, but so is my knowledge of lighting! Basically, I have been given (well, for a donation of £5!) a 60x30x30cm Rena tank with the standard hood and light that comes with it. I have been lurking here for a week or so, trying to soak up as much info as possible...
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