|07-22-2014 02:51 AM|
Here's my 20H grow out tank with DIY Co2. I use it to propagate cuttings and experiment with different things. CFLs have worked great. Had 23 watt bulbs for a while but they were a little too bright. Now using 18 watt 5000K Ulitech bulbs from Lowes.
Some pics from various stages -
Recent (18watt bulbs)
Initial set-up (23watt 5000K Ulitech bulbs)
1 week later
|07-10-2014 08:23 PM|
|cornbread_5||Are the spiral cfls ok to use or nah?|
|06-19-2014 08:43 AM|
Just wanted to pipe in with my own setup using 5 CFL fixtures on all 3 of my planted tanks.
The lamps used are the typical walmart ones that come in black. I was kind of apprehensive since the fixture is supposed to handle 13w max, but I went ahead and put in a higher wattage bulb anyway
I think I can grow anything with this setup on my 20 Long (also running 2x2 liter DIY co2 - soon to be replaced with paintball setup).
The lamps on the left and right run 26w GE 6500K bulbs @ 1600 lumen.
The middle lamp is a Great Value 19w @ 5000k and 1300 lumen.
The 20 High has a Jebo power compact fixture running 48w and I include the lamp with the same 19w bulb for an extra boost for about 2-3 hours per day once I get home from work.
3 gallon on top is running a 14w Great Value bulb, 5000k @ 800 lumen. The pearlweed has already started to carpet after a week
|06-19-2014 03:24 AM|
|AGUILAR3||As long as you're able to place the lamp directly over the tank and its able to handle the watts your cfl is rated for, anything will do.|
|06-19-2014 02:27 AM|
|cornbread_5||i got two of the chicken brooders on my 40 will upgrade to a third one was just wondering since i see people using clip on lamps how good what the ones that stand on the ground be|
|06-19-2014 01:02 AM|
|06-19-2014 12:57 AM|
|cornbread_5||can you use the standing flexible lamps?|
|05-15-2014 04:09 AM|
I hate to tell you this after the work you put into this really nice-looking setup, but you would have much more usable light with dual rows of T8 bulbs than with this design.
IMO, trying to light LARGE tanks with spiral flourescents is usually a waste of energy. Strips of flourescent bulbs provide much more usable light per watt and overall better light coverage throughout the tank.
|05-15-2014 01:34 AM|
Great topic. I just upgraded my lighting setup on my 90 gallon this weekend. I wanted a cheap alternative. So I went to home depot. Bought two of the white hanging light fixtures for 50 bucks each. Cut some pvc to make it look like a solid setup, painted it black and plugged in 2 100w 6500k 1450 lumen cfl bulbs. I hope I have enough light now.
|05-11-2014 04:37 PM|
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|05-06-2014 03:31 AM|
|NQuaday||Sorry if I missed a similar post somewhere earlier in the post but I am setting up a 90 gallon with CO2 and would be interested in a similar setup. How many fixtures do you think I would need and what wattage for the bulbs to achieve med/high light? Thanks!|
|05-05-2014 05:37 AM|
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