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specifically how to have enough lighting for a planted tank?

I realize plants need a lot of light. simply telling me how much light they need doesnt help though. I need to find out HOW to give them that light. do I have to buy a new hood for my aquarium, one that can hold two bulbs instead of one, for instance? or do I use the hood that came with it, and make my own fixture for it that can handle higher intensity bulbs? what do people do??
do they sell better hoods online, or can you give me a link that explains how to do it myself? if you dont have the answers, do you know of a good forum I can check out to find them? thank you for any help.

lighting is the biggest hassel in freshwater and saltwater aquariums. i find that planted aquariums are fairly hard to keep even with my experience with my 2 reef aquariums. in order to create an planted aquarium or a aquascape you require some sort of fertilizer,CO2 systems,lighting fixture and a canopy.
if you havent started the aquarium yet think about purchasing fertilizer planted aquarium substrate thats available online or buy any regular substrate, fine gravel works the best, and buy a special fertilized topping to mix or layer with your original substrate to save money. if you dont feel like spending the money for those two options you can buy fertilizers tabs which dont work from past experience.
as for CO2 systems, as you know plants do photosynthesis for energy and food but create oxygen as a waste product. the CO2 given off by bacteria and fish within your aquarium is not enough to give the optimal amount needed for plants. CO2 systems can cost a lot of unnecessary money, but is essitenal for most planted aquariums.
as for the lighting fixture which is also known as the lighting system can be fairly expensive too. depending on the type of plants you are buyign, which usually will be medium to high light as they are the most attractive types require special lighting. the standard lighting fixtures such as what you got wont give out the proper amount of wattage for instant a 10K coral life actinic bulb gives off 5-6 wattage with a coral life lighting fixture but with a standard system it will only give off 2-3. replacing a bulb that is used for planted lighting fixtures and using it on a standard system WILL NOT increase wattage. what you need is either a double stripe(depending on the size of your aquarium) or a stronger lighting fixture.

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/fish-supplies/aquarium-lighting-fixture-bulb-accessory/ps/c/3578/3733

use this site to find the proper lighting fixture you want.
as for a canopy which is what goes over your aquarium but under your light, most people have those black ones with the strip of plastic in the middle, these allow high amounts of evaporation and low amount of light penetration. what i usually suggest for reef and planted aquariums is all glass canopies made by perfecto or versa, versa is usually the common one.

http://www.aquariumforum.com/

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/

http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/

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