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So I just purchased a 40 gallon Seaclear acrylic tank and I want to have planted tank. I see I will need about 80 watts. I was told I could not find that in the size of 24" but after days of searching I did. I found a VHO bulb by MarineDepot that is 24" and 75 watts.My question is will I be able to light with the hood light that came with the tank. I keep hearing a VHO will not work without a ballast or special ballast, what's the difference and can I use this bulb with the equipment that came with my tank. I decided against adding an extra light strip because I am afraid it will melt or disfigure the acrylic. People said it wouldn't but I don't want to risk my warranty with damage. Thanks, this is the tank and I want to add the VHO 24" 75 watt with a plain 15 watt 24". I will be having a planted tank with crayfish and some smaller fast fish.