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what type of lighting do you use for your planted tanks?

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants & Planted Tanks' started by Anonymous, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Anonymous

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    OK that now that that answered, my first question how would I upgrade my light? I simple can't replace my 20 watt bulb with a 40 watt can I????
     
  2. James0816

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    If this is the standard light that came with the tank....no. You have a couple of options:

    1) Buy a new light for the tank...few extra options available here (i.e. hood or without hood).

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    2) get a retro kit to change out the balasts. I have not myself attempted this but many others have.
     
  3. Anonymous

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    does any one know how to do a retro kit or have any links to a retro kit that I could check out???

    if I do buy light it would be with out the hood see how I have one.
     
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    Check out ahsupply.com for the kits.
     
  5. Anonymous

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    Thank, would it be possible to get what I need at a hardware store??
     
  6. LemonDiscus

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    No
     
  7. Anonymous

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    dang, any other sites other then ahsupplies.
     
  8. GOT MTS?

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    I got my light from <a class="postlink" href="http://www.drsfostersmith.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">www.drsfostersmith.com</a>
     
  9. James0816

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    You can always build you canopy instead of retro. Then you can get the materials at HD or Lowes. Use some CFL bulbs but then again, I have not done this yet myself so I can't assist much on that aspect. There's always options thats for sure...usually the DIY route is more economical...and satisfying too! ;o)
     
  10. Anonymous

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    in order to get improve my lighting must I go to compact bulbs or can i use a stander Fluorescent bulb.
     
  11. LemonDiscus

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    That is very true... and you can pick yourself SFL of CFL. I went this options myself and I run SFL because I do have a 6 foot long tank. It is all up to you and what you have room to do.
     
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    Not at all....as a DIY the choice is yours. Just use at least 6500k daylight blubs whether fluorescent or CFL. Being that it is a 20g, regular T5 or T8 would be just fine. Unless you want to go super high tech. Then you can look at the HO bulbs.
     
  13. Anonymous

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    dang this is starting to sound complex, I hope it easier then it sounding right now. do you think my local ace might be able to help my with the project. Also what kind of material would the reflector been?
     
  14. LemonDiscus

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    My reflector is white paint, here is my hood I made.... of course yours will be much smaller and you will need to use different lights (I used 4' bulbs) but the idea is still the same:

    <a class="postlink-local" href="http://www.theexoticfish.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=929" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">viewtopic.php?f=29&t=929</a>
     
  15. Anonymous

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    could I make it a dual light, would that even make a difference, in my watts per gallon or any thing.

    so in another words, if I use 2 20 in place of a 40? or would it just be better to go with one 40.
     
  16. LemonDiscus

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    Yes, that would be fine... 2 20's will give you 40 watts... 3 60 etc... that is how you can control your lighting.
     
  17. Anonymous

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    OK I'll look in to what would be cheaper a single 40 set up or a double 20 set up.
     
  18. Anonymous

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    this is nice I'm able to get a triple light fixture for 25 dollars, and it should hopefully should be able to fit on to my tank. but I'm going to see if we can back it down from a 54 watt total to a 45 watt total. I don't want to get into CO2 unless it is a cheap DIY CO2, I'm not ready to have a CO2, room wise or budget wise.
     
  19. James0816

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    pressurized co2 is more expensive up front. but in the long run it pays off. For DIY CO2, you would be using 2 bottles (more likely a 2l and 20oz soda bottle)
     
  20. Anonymous

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    OK it may pay off for it self in the end, but there still the matter of room.