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Hi,

I would like to set up a 20 gallon high tank for my first PDF. I am still at the planning stage and don't have any frog yet.

I plan to use a 20G high since I already have a good stand/place for it.

Will you please recommend a good lighting for this size vivarium so that I can grow some plants without cooking inhabitants during the summer months? Although I have central air conditioning during the summer months, the setting is at 78 when no one is at home.

I intend to install a small fan on the glass top to create air circulation, but I hate to let the small tank become a sauna for the poor inhabitants.
 

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Thank you for the advice, Bryan!

Can you describe your hood a bit more? Will the light be mounted inside the hood or above? Will you have a glass lid with the hood on top, and if so do you plan on leaving some ventilation strips both in the lid and the hood itself? My concern is that with the house already being potentially very warm in the summer, and enclosed tank with trapped air and lights can cook the frogs easily.
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I have not purchased any light fixture yet. I have a 20 gallon high tank and a nice driftwood piece at the moment. I am starting up my first vivarium.

I intend to place a glass lid on the vivarium and install a small PC fan to circulate the air inside the vivarium. Do you recommend to bring in some fresh air from the outside of the vivarium?

Can a single strip of t8 grow light loving plants such as a bromeliad?
 

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Another option would be wait till you get home and start cooling the house down before cutting the lights on and run them later in the night.
How do you get away with the warmer house temps with your SW and FW tanks?
Thanks, Joey. I was thinking about trying that, too. After all, I am not home until the afternoon.

I have my reef tank light come on late in the afternoon. The room is in the west side of the house and the tank stays cool amazingly until the metal halide lights come on in the late afternoon. The big body of the water does help. Once the lights are on, the temp will go up to 82 to 83 in the summer time even with two fans blowing at the water surface, but my reef have done very well even at that temp. My SPS's grow faster as a matter of fact. My FW planted tanks (high light with no fan) have no problem at all as long as I keep up the fertilization.

To come to think of it, my 20 long, which I used to use for breeding apistogrammas and banghii cardinals, stayed around 78 degrees during the summer time with one strip of 20W normal output fluorescent lamp (T-12) without a fan. It was in the north east side of the house. I only had shade loving plants with apisto there, though. The set up would not support a light demanding plants.
 
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