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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Light Fixture HELP!!!

So i am new to this planted tank thing and so far have put way to much money into it so may as well go all in now!

I have a 20 gallon that i need a new light fixture for, i want to grow dwarf baby tears and right now have moneywort and water wisteria in there. I'm afraid i cannot spend to much money but am willing to go a little over $100 if i must. ^^

I live in very northern Canada and so far have only been able to find one online store that i can order from that store being big als online. So my choices are very limited unless you can send me another site that ships way up here.

Here are three fixtures i found, what do you think of them or is there something better i can find/ do for around or under that price?

http://www.bigalsonline.ca/Fish_Ligh...2.html?tc=fish

http://www.bigalsonline.ca/Fish_Ligh...2.html?tc=fish

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/li...ml#post1230492

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Welcome to the forum Bree!

You could try here for lights, and copious amounts of plants and fish. Manitoba based.

http://cichlaholic.com/
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Thanks for the reply, wow i wish i had that selection of plants up here, but i am afraid to order anything like that because right now it is like -35 and i don't trust the postal people, everything i get is frozen even if it is flown in. lol

I was also wondering if there was a diy method of light fixture or at least a really cheap way, i have a 5 gallon tank for my betta and want to have a dwarf baby tear carpet on the whole bottom with regular baby tears to one side as a bush, and i think i am going to order some black fluorite sand but need some help again for lighting...Can i just go out and buy something from like Canadian tire or home depot? lol
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Home depot has a few table lamps with 27 watt flourescent bulbs, mine was called "sunlight lamp," I think this should be adequate for HC in a 5 gallon
the bulb in it will look like This
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Growing HC requires CO2 much more than high light intensity. I think you should either set up a multiple bottle DIY CO2 system, or a pressurized CO2 system, assuming you have access to a place to refill the CO2 tank. Then, this light, http://www.bigalsonline.ca/Fish_Ligh...2.html?tc=fish would give you more than enough light - you might even do better with a layer of fiberglass insect screen between the light and the tank to reduce it.

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Zareth: Thanks! Next time i go there (hopefully today!) I'll check that out, that looks like one strange bulb! lol

Hoppy: Wow thanks, i wasn't sure about that light, i was looking at it but thought for the 20 i might go with one that has its own mount, the tank i have now is has a hood with a light similar to that only with two of those horrible little 6 inch tubular bulbs, so i don't think that light you linked to would fit on my hood, i will look into that mesh you mentioned though, see if i could do something like that to fit around the light. ^^
Oh and i have been working on doing a DIY CO2, I've run a couple experiments with it in my 1.5 empty betta QT tank. Almost got 1 bubble a second and then the yeast went into the hose, so i have to get a larger juice bottle as well as a one way valve and diffuser...
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Oh and i have been working on doing a DIY CO2, I've run a couple experiments with it in my 1.5 empty betta QT tank. Almost got 1 bubble a second and then the yeast went into the hose, so i have to get a larger juice bottle as well as a one way valve and diffuser...
Good idea to run your DIY CO2 output into a separator bottle first, basically a second bottle with water in it and airspace at the top. It will serve two purposes. You can use it as a bubble counter and also if any of the mixture bubbles up out of the CO2 generator bottle it will end up in the water in the separator bottle instead of the tank. You don't want to get the yeast mixture in your tank.
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Captain: Thats a good idea, never really thought of that, i am now in the middle of making something like that, i have a Sobe bottle as the bubble counter with the tube going to the middle of the bottle, when the silicon is dry i will fill the water up an inch or two over the tube so i can see the bubbles coming up. I will be putting the other tube in that bottle coming out and going into the 2 Liter soda bottle with the yeast mix. And ya,i think this may work better, thanks for the idea!
I will be heading to walmart to get one of those little air bubble things that might help the bubbles dissolve.
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Ugh i am useless at making DIY stuff, i have had no luck with the CO2 again, i've watched and read everything about how to make one and none have worked!

Anyways, more on that later...

So i think this one is the one i might get, is it enought for a 20 gallon with Dwarf baby tears?

http://www.bigalsonline.ca/Fish_Ligh...2.html?tc=fish

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your going to need A LOT of co2 with that light. It's a t5ho over a 20G. Which is what my tank has, and I've been fighting algae for almost 5 months. But if you find the right balance then you should be fine. A 2 bulb T5HO fixture is considered high light for a 20G high tank. 1 bulb would probably put you in the medium light area of things.
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Oh okay thanks so much, i am looking into CO2, i'm finding it rather difficult though...
Do you think if i ran the Hagen natural c02 system in there it would be enough?
Plus i add the whole seachem series of ferts, including excel. But excluding trace. ^^
Would that work? Or would it be rather difficult to manage..?

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You could probably get away with the hagen natural co2 system with only using 1 bulb of the T5HO.

I've heard instead of buying the little packets, which are really expensive, that people end up just doing their own mix of yeast and sugar. Then they use the other parts of that system.
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Oh ya, i would not get those packs, i would mix up the yeast mixture myself. ^^
Hmm okay, well i will get a few more answers maybe, i have to be 100% sure on this...Its A LOT of money, and the last i can spend on these tanks for at least the next year or so.

So any other suggestions or comments anyone?

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Oh ya, i would not get those packs, i would mix up the yeast mixture myself. ^^
Hmm okay, well i will get a few more answers maybe, i have to be 100% sure on this...Its A LOT of money, and the last i can spend on these tanks for at least the next year or so.

So any other suggestions or comments anyone?

That's a bummer. Best of luck. I finally got tired of DIY co2 and just went ahead and bit the bullet for pressurized, and i don't regret it at all.
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Thanks, well i would go pressured, but the original cost is deturing me, like it seems like such a large investment, and you have to test the water all the time and such, i was hoping to stay really simple but all my plants are dying and i am just trying to do what ever to keep them alive and hopefully finally get that nice planted tank i have been dreaming about!!

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