Hi everyone! This is my first post on this forum. I've actually been reading for a while on here, stealing great bits on info to help me out.
I'm posting today because I'm on a mission. I'm cheap(and poor
) and want to do my new 29 gallon tank as planted. I live in eastern Canada and we have slim pickings in my city for affordable lighting. I set to looking for an alternative to my costly options here and think I may have found something.
The thing that REALLY had me thinking my crazy scheme could work came from an old thread on this site actually!!
My inexpensive CFL light solution
I want to do similar. I've found CFL bulbs I think I can work with. They are 26 Watt, have a Kelvin rating of 6500 and the Lumens are about 1750 I do believe.
I want this to be a basic tank. I plan to keep low light. Probably some water sprite, horn wart, java fern. Basically what ever low light plants the local stores have in stock that are in good shape. I don't want CO2 and I'm of course willing to dose ferts as needed.
I was thinking I could do 2 of these lights with the clip on lamp fixtures. The ones I were planning ot use differ from the ones in the pic.. they are not as wide and I'm thinking this may be an issue. They are only 5 inches wide.
I know this gives me less than 2 watts per gallon and hope this wouldn't be a huge issue.
Anyone have any thoughts? Think this could work?