Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Bromley, Kent, UK
Lighting for a new tank...
Okay okay you guys are probably sick of hearing about this these days - but can you help advise me on lighting??
My budget allows me a choice of 2 solutions, based on space available over the tank and the light I want, and being in the UK what I have available!!
THe tank is a 24x12x18high (about 23g). It will be heavily planted as a sth east asia biotope - mostly lol - as per dwarfpuffer site. I have already bought eco-complete (2 bags) to use in it.
The lights I can get are - 3x24w T5 6500k cri 85 (total 72w). This is a good solution because I dont gotta fiddle, and should give good light as basically 3wpg right?
The other solution is to fit some compact fluorescent type bulbs in, 6500 cri 82-88, 20w each. I could get about 4 or 5 for the same money (so total 80w-100w). Are compact fluorescents as good at directing their light, considering not all of the tube surface is external?
I am not sure which is a better solution, both seem good on paper, both provide about the right watts. T5 might be easier (and they are just plain kewle right? lol).
What do you experts reckon?
Thanks in advance