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Old 07-08-2003, 12:19 AM   #1
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how can i get a lot of light in my 5.5 gallon tank. the length is 16". i want at least 3 wpg. is that possible? i don't know anything about doing light stuff. i saw these retrofit kits on the internet. if i bought one... i wouldn't know what to do. o yea and i don't want to use a desk lamp. i saw 2x13 watt retrofit at ahsupply.com but its for a 10 gallon and 17 inches. its too long. so... how do people with 5.5 gallon tanks do their lighting? i was at the gallery for the site and this dood had a 5 gallon tank with 2X11w lighting. im not sure how he accomplished that. o wel. any ideas? im getting a lot of plants on wednesday and there going to die. this is my first planted tank and its going to be a disaster. please help.
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Old 07-08-2003, 01:06 AM   #2
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Do you have a hood for your tank now? Will it take a screw in bulb? If so, Go to Home Depot or your local hardware store and buy a screw in compact flourescent light bulb ,15-20 watts oughta do it, and you're good to go. They're around $5. If they have a daylight bulb that'll fit , get that. Be aware of the dimensions inside the fixture, so you can get something that fits inside.
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im getting a lot of plants on wednesday and there going to die. this is my first planted tank and its going to be a disaster.
Thats the spirit :lol: but seriously, just read the info on this board, ask questions, learn as much as you can,you'll be fine.

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Old 07-08-2003, 02:21 AM   #3
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nah. i dun have a hood rite now. but i did see a 12 bucks 16" hood at petco which takes 15 watt and 30 watt incandescents. will that fit the compact fluorescent ones that u are talking about from hardware store? i dun know much about lights. are u sure it will fit inside?
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Thats the money question. Get yourself a tape measure and go measure the inside of the hood for bulb clearance. Then go to HD and measure some bulbs. or do like Rex said and get yourself a flourescent hood with a 15 watt flourescent.

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Old 07-08-2003, 02:47 AM   #5
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ok. good idea. are all incandescent bulb bases the same size? like for my desklamp with a regular incandescent bulb... is the base the same as the bulbs for aqauariums? cuz if they are it should work. i went on the Home depot website and saw some bulbs that look pretty slim (mite fit) and they have the regular incandescent bulb base. i went to Petco and i think the strip lite accepts 15 to 30 watt incandescent aquarium bulbs. if the bulb bases are the same for regular incandescent bulbs and aquarium bulbs and space allows... i could get like a 27 watt bulbs or sumtin. but it seems that aquarium bulbs are a lot smaller. i dunno.
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dood... u got me thinking. my 5.5 gallon tank is on my desk. rite next to it is my incandescent desk lamp with max 60 watts. im just going to stick a 27 watt spring compact fluorescent bulb in my lamp and shine it through my all-glass hood. i think that will be enough lighting even if the the light disperses a little. muahah. i htink this will work. u guy are awesome. o yea. are there 60 watt compact fluorsecent bulbs for regular incandescent desk lamps? that would be blinding. muahahaha. :twisted:
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In your first post you said you didn't want to use a desk lamp. It seems like the best option for now or maybe forever. :lol:
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hehe. i guess i have to adapt.
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btw... compact fluorescent bulbs for regular lamps seem to have lower Kelvin ratings. with high wattages like 27 watts for a 5.5 gallon tank. should it work even if the kevlin rating is not that high?
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Check out this thread from a few months back. There's lots of info on different compact flourecents.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=119
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