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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-05-2006, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Lighting suggestions for a 2.5g!

I recently picked up a 2.5g from a friend, i'm not sure what to do with it yet. I would like to hear any suggestions on how I should light this tank. The tank will probably be most likely grow one species of plant; glosso, dwarf hairgrass, or HC.

I was thinking of something like a 13watt kit from AH supply, but i'm not sure if I wanna spend $30 to light the tank.
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Screw-in PC sounds like your best bet if cost is an issue.

With a desk lamp and a 6500K bulb, It could be had for around $5, assuming you have a desk lamp around. If not, you could be looking at (maybe) a whopping $20. All available at Wally World.

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Screw-in PC sounds like your best bet if cost is an issue.

With a desk lamp and a 6500K bulb, It could be had for around $5, assuming you have a desk lamp around. If not, you could be looking at (maybe) a whopping $20. All available at Wally World.
Yep...that'd be the best way.

As for a fixture you can try the Jalli fixtures. =) 13w or 18w I think.
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Jalli's a Chinese brand right?

I'd play it safe and spend your money elsewhere. Some people have good luck, others have potential house fires.

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Hmm ... I might plant on getting a light fixture for this tank. Someone suggested a Perfecto light strip, which costs like $7 bucks at Petsmart. I would then need to find a screw in flourescent bulb.
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Jalli's a Chinese brand right?

I'd play it safe and spend your money elsewhere. Some people have good luck, others have potential house fires.

People have had bad experiences with Jebo/Odyssea...haven't heard bad things about Jalli yet though. YMMV though.
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hi,

i have a 36", 2 x 36 watt jalli strip light. it has separate switches for each bulb.

it works fine on my standard 30gal aga tank. however, the left side plastic cover literally fell to pieces. i don;t know if it was damaged during shipping or if it's just poor quality. i suspect the former, cuz the right side cover is still intact.

it's a pretty tough fixture. it has fallen into my tank (because of the missing left end piece; makes the fixture a tad short) a few times and after drying it out thoroughly, it works perfectly.
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Coralife mini 18w pc is nice. I've got one on my 2.5g and it'll gro HC and glosso fine. Also a nice sleek look. Probably run you around $30 shipped.
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