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5.5g topfin light. Need advice.

So , I bought this 5.5 gallon Top Fin tank off Craigslist. I have another tank already established just like it where the light works fine and the plants are growing great. I've had this tank setup for three, maybe four weeks and I noticed the light is much dimmer and the plants in this tank are starting to struggle. I don't want to drop a bunch of money because I'm no plant genius, but I don't mind spending some... can anyone advise me if there are any strips or any type of light I can modify to go with the current hood or do I have to get a whole new set-up? Is appreciate some specific recommendations because I have limited product knowledge. Thanks!! Kim

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You can find some of those clip on brooder lights and put some compact fluorescents in. A 13 watt cfl should do the trick. You will need a. Glass cover though.

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The Finnex Stingray Clip light is the next option you have. Obiviousily you have to have the tank topless.

I have the same tank with a 13w CFL 6500k on a clip lamp. And this LED is running on a 1 Gallon cube.
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The Finnex Stingray Clip light is the next option you have. Obiviousily you have to have the tank topless.

I have the same tank with a 13w CFL 6500k on a clip lamp. And this LED is running on a 1 Gallon cube.
So true I forgot about the stingray clip. There's also this one from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0191...rium+led+light 20 bucks.

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Thank you! I guess I'll be getting some glass or plexi cut for my new light!

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Thank you! I guess I'll be getting some glass or plexi cut for my new light!

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Ooh not plexi glass. Others have had their plexi glass warped.

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Drs Foster and Smith has a glass hood for 5.5 gallon tanks for 9 bucks. Aquarium Hoods & Canopies: Aqueon Versa-Tops and a 12 inch full spectrum LED light from Ebay seller pond_n_fish for $15.68 shipped will grow plants fine in your tank.
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I have the same 5.5 and the aqueon glass tops don't fit. The only one I could find that did is made by Perfecto. Of course if you get glass cut to size it won't matter. Just a heads up though!

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Drs Foster and Smith has a glass hood for 5.5 gallon tanks for 9 bucks. Aquarium Hoods & Canopies: Aqueon Versa-Tops and a 12 inch full spectrum LED light from Ebay seller pond_n_fish for $15.68 shipped will grow plants fine in your tank.
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Thanks all! Working my way to a decision today!

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Ooh not plexi glass. Others have had their plexi glass warped.

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I think both acrylic and polycarbonate fall under plexiglass. Acrylic is definitely no good with moisture and warping, but polycarbonate is a great material for this. Just make sure it is supported on all sides and is thick enough for the length of runs
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I have the same 5.5 and the aqueon glass tops don't fit. The only one I could find that did is made by Perfecto. Of course if you get glass cut to size it won't matter. Just a heads up though!

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Marineland, I believe, makes Perfecto. It's a couple bucks more at Foster and Smith. Aquarium Lighting: Marineland Glass Aquarium Lighting Canopies
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I don't know if you're still looking, but you could also consider an AGA incandescent fixture with a screw in CFL. I've used them myself with pretty good success. It certainly isn't the prettiest thing in the world, but at $10 from Amazon or PetSmart, it's hard to beat for the price.

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Marineland, I believe, makes Perfecto. It's a couple bucks more at Foster and Smith. Aquarium Lighting: Marineland Glass Aquarium Lighting Canopies
And this is pefecto! Thank you! Saves me a trip to home depot and scetching out pattern.

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Thank you for all the help. I took suggestions and ended up using the coupon code @DFS and getting the nicrew light off Amazon. In fact...after the first light arrived I went ahead and ordered for the other 5.5g as well. Too late for the two pretty plants that melted into goo, but hopefully my next attempt will be more successful!


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