Lighting - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-08-2003, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 4
I have a new tank. It is 55 gal. I am new to raising plants. I have 2 plants so far. I bought a shop light from Wal-Mart that hangs over my tank. It only puts out 80 watts of light. I have ordered low light plants. Is this enough light? If not how can I acheive more light?
katfish is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-08-2003, 02:51 PM
Planted Tank VIP
GulfCoastAquarian's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 3,578
Your low light plants will survive in that light, but never thrive. Get a second fixture just like the one you bought and fit it with some Sylvania Gro-Lux bulbs and you should be able to grow just about anything. It might be a tight squeeze over a 12" wide 55 gallon tank, but I've done it many times.

- Sam P -
plantedtanker in limbo - all tanks currently in storage
GulfCoastAquarian is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2003, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 4
Where can I get theses bulbs and and a fixture. Also what wattage should I use?
katfish is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-09-2003, 03:16 PM
Are these real?
Wasserpest's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Monterey, CA
Posts: 15,463
You said you got one from WalMart, so that's a good place to start. Home Depot has a good selection, and K-Mart has some cheap slim ones that might fit it well. Same for bulbs, WalMart has some nice "Sunlight" or so, not sure how good they are for plants, but the packaging looks good :lol: they also have the P&A bulbs which have been mentioned positively here many times, or get the ones GulfCoast suggests.

The T12 bulbs are 40 or 34 Watts in their 48" length, while T8's are 32 Watts.
Wasserpest is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How much lighting? Mothi Lighting 1 09-16-2004 07:24 PM
2x36w AHSupply Lighting jbarone Lighting 5 07-09-2004 12:42 PM
10 gal lighting! need help. novice. pisces38 Lighting 5 06-11-2004 10:02 PM
Need some help picking proper lighting for my 20L nebulous General Planted Tank Discussion 7 06-07-2004 02:19 AM
Lighting Survey DLeDeaux Lighting 12 12-19-2003 08:53 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome