Presently I have just a 10 gal which I will use for a quarantine tank when I get a bigger one. So I don't want to spend too much money on it. But I do want to change from plastic to live plants. I have one Narrow Leaf Chain Sword so far.
I have two 15 watt incandescent bulbs and thought it would be easier just to put in Compact Florescents (CFs) than buy a florescent hood. But now I'm not sure. It's costing so much maybe a new florescent hood would be better. I'd appreciate any advice on which way to go.
If you suggest buying a florescent hood, what should I expect to pay and what bulb would you suggest?
I can find CFs locally but they have very low K values. The bulbs I'm considering are from bulbman.com at 5100k:
7 or 11 watt spiral mini about 4" long at $8 plus $5 shipping
15 watt tube about 6" long at $12.50 plus $5 shipping
I would start with one CF bulb and add another when I had more plants.
The spirals are so short they won't distribute the light as evenly but they come in 7 and 11 watts. The tube shape starts at 15.
I don't think I need too much to start, and I am very concerned about the heat.